founded in 2017
Banks Performance Project was founded in Chicago, IL in January 2017 by Elysia C. Banks. Since its founding, BPP has performed at venues such at the Goodman Theatre, Theatre on the Lake, The Center on Halsted, Collaboraction Studios, and Hamilton Park Cultural Center. Hamilton Park Cultural Center also serves as the resident rehearsal space for the company. Banks Performance Project strives to create works that are honest, sincere, and authentic to real life experience . We inspire to give the audience an impactful experience and encourage both dancers and audience members to allow themselves to be truthful.
Banks Performance Project strives to translate the value of concert dance through performance and access across communities to connect all of us.
Banks Performance Project is rooted in diversity with a mission to cultivate community engagement and outreach in underserved communities. Through arts accessibility and advocacy, Banks Performance Project seeks to make dance more commonplace in spaces typically outside of the dance community. We strive to create and present works that are authentic to real life experiences via contemporary, classical, and modern aesthetics and techniques. Banks Performance Project repertoire aspires to connect communities across cultures and experiences in Chicago and beyond.