Elysia C. Banks / Banks Performance Project

Of Wine and Chocolate


Dance Studio

This new dance-theater work for two Black women and two white women explores their differing perspectives, experiences, cultures, heritages and expectations and how those affect their friendship.  


Sarah Baker (courtesy of Inaside Dance Chicago), Erin Coffman, Karielle Williams, and Jasmin Williams

Production Credits

Elysia C. Banks
Toro y Moi, Radiohead, Shlohmo, Ocean Sounds, and Joji 
Special thanks to our partner, Hamilton Park Cultural Center.


About the Artist

Website: banksperformanceproject.org


Social Media: 

Facebook: Banks Performance Project
Instagram: @banksperformanceproject / @elysiacbanks

Artistic Director: Elysia C. Banks
Executive Director: Olivia Jones


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Elysia Christine Banks began her dance training at the Mayfair Academy of the Performing Arts. After seven years at Mayfair Academy, she trained at the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center before going on to graduate from Northern Illinois University in the spring of 2012 receiving a BFA in Dance Performance. Elysia trained on scholarship while at NIU under the direction of Autumn Eckman, Judith Chitwood, and Paula Frasz. After graduating, Elysia danced with Winifred Haun and Dancers from 2012-2014. She took a hiatus to devote herself to motherhood, and after the birth of her son in August of 2015, she made her return to teaching in January 2016 and to choreography in June of the same year. Since 2016, Elysia has presented work at The Center on Halsted, Daley Plaza, Joffrey Tower, and at the Logan Center for the Arts as one of Deeply Rooted’s Emerging Choreographers in 2017. She has been working in collaboration with Collaboraction Theatre Company since August 2017 and presented works at The Goodman, Hamilton Park, and the Theatre on the Lake. Most recently, Elysia choreographed for Collaboractions’s play, A Blue Island in the Red Sea. She is also a 2018 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Artist, receiving a grant to fund her continued growth as a dancemaker. Using this grant, Elysia was able to fully establish her company, Banks Performance Project. Elysia C. Banks is thrilled to continue her journey as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and mother