Second Nature: Embodying Our Technological Systems

Bay Area dance companies Kinetech Arts (co-directed by Daiane Lopes da Silva and Weidong Yang) and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts (co-directed by Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore) will be in conversation talking about their years of experience working within the intersection of dance and technology. 

Kinetech Arts will share their extensive experience making experimental, community-based works that bring engineers into the same rooms as creative makers and dancers. Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts will discuss their ongoing interest in artificial intelligence and improvisation. Both dance companies are making new works for the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies to be performed from February 17–20, 2022 in The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall.

Kinetech Arts combines the work of dancers, scientists, and digital artists to create innovative and socially responsible performances. Each year, KA produces multiple performances and over 50 other public events, including Open Labs, Y-Exchange public talks and Dance Hack Festivals. Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts (SWDA) is a dance/theater company led by Lisa Wymore and Sheldon Smith. SWDA’s performances are often as funny as they are physically provocative, intellectually stimulating, and deeply, beautifully human. SWDA works collaboratively with other dancers, actors, filmmakers, composers,technologists, designers, and media artists to develop uncompromisingly original work.

Presented by UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Participants and topics are subject to change; visit Berkeley Arts + Design ( for the most up-to-date series information.