Lizz Roman

Lizz Roman, Artistic Director of LIZZ ROMAN & DANCERS 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 and the Bay Area 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 IZZIE awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography in 2018 for "SUNSET DANCES" (2017), in 2013 for "DEEPER" Architectural Meditation at CounterPULSE (2012) and Izzie nominations for Oustanding Achievement in Performance-Company for "SUNSET DANCES" (2017) and 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. The SF Butoh Festival and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival commissioned
Roman to create a site specific dance which premiered at YBCA 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". In 2013, Roman was commissioned by TROLLEY DANCES SF and performed "FIFTY FIVE SIX" as part of their 10 year anniversary season.


LR&D's most recent project, "MOMENTS, MEMORIES and GRACE was commissioned
and performed on Alameda Island as part of the Animate Dance Festival
in October 2018. Roman has also created site dances for her SF home, CIVICORPS
Warehouse in West Oakland, The Electricians Local in SF, Theater Artaud
(Z SPACE), ODC Theater and Commons Rooftop, Dance Mission Theater,
CellSpace, The Jewish Community Center of Palo Alto, DanzHaus, and CounterPULSE
in SF. Roman currently teaches modern dance technique in SF at ODC
Dance Commons where she is also a choreographic mentor for their emerging
artists program PILOT. Other teaching credits include SF Dance Center, and the
University of California Berkeley. 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. Additional
information is found at lizzromananddancers.com