past performances

Where are you going, where did you go?



West Quoddy Head, Maine

East Cape, Florida

Northwest Angle, Minnesota

Cape Alava, Washington

Lebanon, Kansas

Bay Area premiere 2021

May 2018, Paufve Dance launched Where Are You Going, Where Did You Go?, a new 3-year project taking Paufve and videographer Erin Malley to the four furthest points, in each direction, of the continental United States. WGWG is an exploration of the extremity, stillness, and chaos of personal and geographical “thresholds.”


performed at Cutting Ball Theater's Variety Pack

February 2-13, 2018

The EXIT on Taylor
277 Taylor St.

choreographed by Daria Kaufman

performed by Randee Paufve

XO: eXquisite Orientation

a new dance by Randee Paufve and collaborators

September 15, 16 @ 8pm and 17 @ 7pm

September 21-23 @ 8pm

Joe Goode Annex

401 Alabama Street, SF

XO is a dance woven from archetypal imagery, the powerful vocabularies of the collaborating artists, and the need to tap into narratives inside and outside ourselves in order to move through the current times.


Randee Paufve, producer, director, choreographer, dancer

Nol Simonse, choreographer, dancer

Crystaldawn Bell, dancer

Anna Greenberg, dancer

Rogelio Lopez, dancer, costumer

Andrew Merrell, dancer

Juliana Monin, dancer

Karla Quintero, dancer

Nadhi Thekkek, dancer

Mechelle Tunstall, dancer

Lauren Elder, set design

Kaveri Seth, lighting design

Beth Harris, dramaturge, performance coach

Peter Whitehead, composer

Four Fridays

September 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2016


come when you can; stay as long as you like

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center

2704 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA

Come be part of a public process! Witness Paufve Dance in rehearsal for a new piece. Come anytime during the open rehearsal, 7-9pm and join us after the rehearsals for talks with the artists and refreshments. Free/Donations

Strangers Become Flowers

February 2016
ODC Commons Studio B, San Francisco


Dancers:  Rogelio Lopez, Elizebeth Randall, Andrew Merrell, Nadia Oka, Mechelle Tunstall, Juliana Monin

Lighting Design:  Gabe Maxson

Costume Design:  Keriann Egeland


Strangers Become Flowers is an evening length dance exploring ideas about the kindness ofstrangers.  Who is a stranger?  How might we reinvent ourselves with someone we have just met?  What makes a community?  Strangers Become Flowers offers a surreal movement landscape evoking ideas about empathy, about human beings touching and being touched, about narrowing chasms between people, one chance encounter at a time.   



East Bay Express preview by Claudia Bauer

San Francisco Chronicle review by Allan Ulrich

Oregon Arts Watch review by Jamuna Chiarini

Blessed Unrest

November 2015
New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM
December 2015
CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA


The National Network of Ensemble Theaters has provided a second grant for the ongoing collaboration of Dandelion Dancetheater’s Bandelion ensemble (Oakland, CA,) Theater Grottesco (Santa Fe, NM) and choreographer Randee Paufve of Paufve|Dance (Oakland, CA.)  Blessed Unrest explores an artistic realm that blurs the boundaries between dancers, actors, and musicians; birthing rigorous moments of presence and direct communication.


 ABQ Journal article

EB Express Fall 2015 Arts Express Preview by Sarah Burke


Abstraction made accessible.

Aging made fertile.

Transcendence goes underground.

The singular becomes universal.This is modern dance.


October 2013 Hillside Swedenborgian Church, El Cerrito, CA

August 2014 ODC Theater Music Moves Festival


Soil is a solo dance concert performed by dancer and choreographer Randee Paufve, featuring works by Paufve, the late Della Davidson, New York City based Kate Weare and Gregg Bielemeier of Portland, OR, with music composed and performed live by Chris Evans and Elijah Wallace. Soil is created and shaped in collaboration with the award winning lighting and set designer Jack Carpenter, director Beth Harris, videographer Olivia Ting and costumer Keriann Egeland. Soil begins at dusk and moves from fading sunlight to video, set and lighting installations to create environments that shift with the passage of time to reveal each dance.Soil marks a return to the solo form that launched Paufve’s career, but in a full-evening format that challenges the notion that with aging we lose endurance. Paufve blasts through five solos exposing the raw, hot vitality of an artist smashing against stereotypes of aging dancers, up-ending the roles of choreographer/performer/audience and embodying the unpredictability of transformation. With works by four very different choreographers Soil unifies into a bold and nuanced physical expression of the dance between body and psyche – a fiery descent into dreaminess, a dark embrace with mortality and a reemergence into light and life.




East Bay Express preview by Claudia Bauer


Critical Dance review by Heather Desaulniers

Sarah Genta Preview

Endless Mountain

January 2014
Fredrick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, NYC


Solo performance by Randee Paufve

Music composed and performed by Elijah Wallace

So I Married Abraham Lincoln…

a dance theater work about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln

January 2012
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco
June 2012
Conduit Dance Inc., Portland, OR


So I Married Abraham Lincoln features an ensemble of seven women who highlight ideas about Mrs. Lincoln as a fractured self - a highly visible, often unbalanced woman who was objectified throughout her life. The work is based on ideas about Mary Todd Lincoln as the original First Lady body (MTL was the first ‘First Lady’, dubbed by the Washington press) a prism-like surface upon which the American public projects adulation, fear and judgment, setting the stage for the love and mistrust of American first ladies throughout our brief national history. Aided by a chorus of ten additional performers, the piece also includes other characters that will act as foil and companion to Mrs. Lincoln and help to contextualize her experiences, such as a gaggle of first ladies, ranging from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, and a host of male ghosts, including Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln’s sons, and a cadre of Civil War-era soldiers.

Dancers: Valerie Gutwirth, Rebecca Johnson, Katie Kruger, Mo Miner, Nadia Oka, Jill Randall, Christy L. Thomas

Lighting Design: Gabe Maxson

Set Design: Jack Carpenter

Sound: Heather Heise

Costumes: Keriann Egeland



The Oregonian review by Catherine Thomas

Artscatter review by Martha Ulman West

Oregon Arts Watch review by Barry Johnson

The Not To Be Forgotten

Spring 2011
CSU Sacramento
8x8x8, the Uptown, Oakland, CA

Dancers: Leandro Glory Damasco, Katie Kruger

That Obscure Subject of Desire

July 2009
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco

Dancers: Frank Shawl, Diane McKallip, Brian Rundstrom, Jane Schnorrenberg, Rebecca Johnson, Katie Kruger, Jill Randall, Christy L. Thomas, Stephanie Ballas, Randee Paufve

Lighting Design: Gabe Maxson

Costume Design: Rachel Stone

Sound Design: Heather Heise


TOSOD was nominated for two 2012 Isadora Duncan Dance awards 




SF Dancer’s Group, In Dance review by Sima Belmar (PDF)

Culture Vulture review by Joanna Harris



February 2008
Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Davis, CA

Dancers: Frank Shawl, Diane McKallip, Rebecca Johnson, Katie Kruger, Laura Marlin, Marlena Oden, Stephanie Ballas, Randee Paufve

Sound Design: Heather Heise



April 2009
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Dancers: Anatoly Soshilov, Randee Paufve, Sara Zimmerman

Costume Design: Rachel Stone


Solo performances by Randee Paufve


Press available upon request

The Big Squeeze 

Dancers: Katie Faulkner, Rebecca Johnson, Marlena Oden, Shaunna Vella, Diane McKallip, Frank Shawl, Stephanie Ballas, Randee Paufve, Lisa Bush

Lighting Design: Steven Clifford


Press available upon request


Dancers: Jennifer Wright Cook, Erin Gottwald, Stephanie Ballas, Rebecca Johnson, Sima Belmar, Randee Paufve

Music composed and performed live by Terese Taylor


Press available upon request

In Exhale 

Dancers: Rebecca Johnson, Josie Alvite, Frances Sedayao, Nina Haft, Frank Shawl, Diane McKallip, Jill Randall. Lisa Bush, Jane Schnorrenberg, Jill Randall, Christine Chen, Randee Paufve, Alisa Rasera, Shelley Senter

Lighting Designer: Steven Clifford


Press available upon request


Dancers: Randee Paufve, Jenn Gierada, Michael Barber, Lisa Bush, Jane Schnorrenberg, Jill Randall, Rebecca Johnson, Christine Chen


Press available upon request

Field of Brooms and Other Dances

Solo performance by Randee Paufve


press available upon request