Lizz Roman, Artistic Director of LIZZ ROMAN & DANCERS (LR&D) has been a dancer and choreographer in San Francisco since 1984. “The dance is the sum of the journey we take through a site,” states Roman. "In the words of LeCorbusier, 'To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.' I seek guidance from each building I collaborate with,” continues Roman. “I create a visual history of our physical journey through that space that becomes a dance. It is driven mainly by the architecture of the space.”
Roman and her company have been making dances in San Francisco's dance spaces, local theaters, and outdoor festivals since 1995. The work has been described by critics as “Eloquent”, “Breathtaking”, “Provocative”, and “Captivating.” LR&D are best known for their trademark expansive dances that spring, roll, and fly through buildings, resulting in an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (IZZIE) for outstanding choreography in 2013 for "DEEPER: Architectural Meditation at CounterPulse" (2012), and a IZZIE nomination for Best Company Performance for CELLGROUND (2005). The company has developed innovative site-specific techniques to work in unique and commonplace locations with a variety of multi-media collaborators and scenic elements. WaterSaw, Roman's most recent music collaborators received an IZZIE Award for Original Music score for 2012's "DEEPER." The SF Butoh Festival and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival commissioned Roman to create a site-specific dance, which premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2005, and was remounted again for the 2006 festival season. In 1998, Roman and filmmaker Kevin Cunningham received the SF WEEKLY Black Box Award for Cross-Genre Performance for "IN HER DREAMS."
LR&D's most recent project "FIFTY FIVE SIX", created for and performed at the electricians union building at the corner of Fillmore and Hermann in SF, was commissioned by SF Trolley Dances and performed as part of their 10th Year Anniversary Season in October 2013. Roman has also created site dances for Theater Artaud (Z SPACE), ODC Theater, ODC Commons Rooftop, Dance Mission Theater, CELLspace, The Jewish Community Center of Palo Alto, Danzhaus, and CounterPulse. Roman currently teaches modern dance technique in SF at ODC Dance Commons, where she is also a choreographic mentor for ODC’s emerging artists program, PILOT. Other teaching credits include SF Dance Center and the University of California, Berkeley.
Before moving to SF in 1984, Roman lived in Chicago where she studied theater at the Goodman School of Drama. She attributes much of her choreographic style to her years as a student and performer of improvisational theater and dance in Chicago and St. Louis. Roman is also a certified Pilates instructor and currently is co-owner of PARKSIDE PILATES LLC in SF.