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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) Undergraduate Welcome

Information Session | August 27 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Are you an undergraduate student interested in learning more about Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies? Whether you’re an incoming freshman, a transfer student, or a continuing student, you’re invited to the TDPS Undergraduate Welcome!

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

TDPS Fall 2019 Production Auditions

Performing Arts - Theater | August 29 | 5:30-10:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) will hold open auditions for its Fall 2019 productions, "Who Shot La Miguelito?" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle." Auditions are open to all currently enrolled UC Berkeley students.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

TDPS Speaker Series | Ohlone Foods Teach-In and Lunch

Presentation: Lectures & Special Events | September 25 | 1-3 p.m. |  Café Ohlone, University Press Books

 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Vince Medina; Louis Trevino, co-founders, mak-'amham

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Vince Medina and Louis Trevino, co-founders of mak-'amham, will lead the preparation of traditional Ohlone foods from fruits, spices, nuts, herbs, teas, and other selected items gathered in their indigenous homelands of the East Bay and the Carmel Valley.

 

 The event and meal are free, but advanced registration is required as seating is limited. Registration will open in early September.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series presents 'The Temptations of Goodness: Brecht’s Enlightenment'

Lecture: Lectures & Special Events | September 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, Room 315

 Joseph Roach, Professor Emeritus of Theater, Yale University

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Department of English, The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series Fund

The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series presents "The Temptations of Goodness: Brecht’s Enlightenment," a talk by Joseph Roach, professor emeritus of theater and English at Yale University.

 

Painting by Alket Zeqiri

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Feminist Open Access and Internet Publishing

Conference/Symposium | October 9 | 5-8 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Francesca Coppa; Kristina Busse; Karen Hellekson

 Center for New Media, Townsend Center for the Humanities, D-Lab, Information, School of, Film & Media Studies, Library

Discover how the Organization of Transformative Works built a radical model for non-corporate, user-driven, online participatory cultures. The OTW supports Archive of Our Own, a fan works archive, free from advertising and corporate ownership, and Transformative Works and Cultures, an open access journal, home to feminist, anti-racist, and pro-LGBTQIA scholarship on cultural adaptations and...   More >

Thursday, October 17, 2019

TDPS presents 'Who Shot La Miguelito?' by Sean San José

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | October 17 – 20, 2019 every day |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Sean San José

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This dynamic performance piece parallels the murder of a young street artist in San Francisco’s Mission District with the death of immigrant, working-class neighborhoods. Mapping the Mission in murals, tags, stickers, stencils, and socio-political protest art, the piece invites the audience to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens—and ghosts.

 $13–20

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Friday, October 18, 2019

TDPS presents 'Who Shot La Miguelito?' by Sean San José

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | October 17 – 20, 2019 every day |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Sean San José

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This dynamic performance piece parallels the murder of a young street artist in San Francisco’s Mission District with the death of immigrant, working-class neighborhoods. Mapping the Mission in murals, tags, stickers, stencils, and socio-political protest art, the piece invites the audience to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens—and ghosts.

 $13–20

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

TDPS presents 'Who Shot La Miguelito?' by Sean San José

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | October 17 – 20, 2019 every day |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Sean San José

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This dynamic performance piece parallels the murder of a young street artist in San Francisco’s Mission District with the death of immigrant, working-class neighborhoods. Mapping the Mission in murals, tags, stickers, stencils, and socio-political protest art, the piece invites the audience to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens—and ghosts.

 $13–20

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

TDPS presents 'Who Shot La Miguelito?' by Sean San José

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | October 17 – 20, 2019 every day |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Sean San José

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This dynamic performance piece parallels the murder of a young street artist in San Francisco’s Mission District with the death of immigrant, working-class neighborhoods. Mapping the Mission in murals, tags, stickers, stencils, and socio-political protest art, the piece invites the audience to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens—and ghosts.

 $13–20

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

TDPS Speaker Series | A History and Demonstration of Kabuki

Presentation: Lectures & Special Events | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Kyozo Nakamura, Kabuki Actor & Japanese Cultural Envoy

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

Join us for a dynamic lecture and demonstration with veteran onnagata (actor specializing in female roles), Kyozo ​Nakamura. Mr. Nakamura​ will introduce the basics of male and female acting in kabuki and talk about his own path to becoming a seasoned actor.

 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

TDPS Speaker Series | Does Abstraction Belong to White People?: Thinking the Politics of Race in Contemporary Dance

Performing Arts - Other: Lectures & Special Events | November 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Miguel Gutierrez, choreographer, composer, performer, singer, writer, educator, and advocate

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Latinx Research Center, Dance Studies Working Group, Performance and Art in Latinx America Working Group

In this artist talk, Gutierrez will reflect upon his experience as a queer Latinx choreographer in a dance landscape of whiteness, examining who and under what conditions can claim “abstraction” and the “avant-garde.” He will also discuss his latest projects, including "This Bridge Called My Ass," a piece that bends tropes of Latinidad to identify new relationships to content and form. A...   More >

 

Photo by Ian Douglas

Friday, November 15, 2019

TDPS presents 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' by Bertolt Brecht

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful.

 $13–20

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

TDPS presents 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' by Bertolt Brecht

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful.

 $13–20

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

TDPS presents 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' by Bertolt Brecht

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful.

 $13–20

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

TDPS Speaker Series | Brecht’s Legacy

Panel Discussion: Lectures & Special Events | November 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley; Janelle Reinelt, Professor Emerita, University of Warwick, UC Irvine; Shannon Steen, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The TDPS Speaker Series is free and open to the public

 

Friday, November 22, 2019

TDPS presents 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' by Bertolt Brecht

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful.

 $13–20

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

TDPS presents 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' by Bertolt Brecht

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful.

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online

Sunday, November 24, 2019

TDPS presents 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' by Bertolt Brecht

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful.

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online

Thursday, December 12, 2019

TDPS presents the 2019 Fall Choreography Showcase

Performing Arts - Theater | December 12 – 13, 2019 every day | 8-9:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 7

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the work of promising, emerging choreographers. With the guidance of professor and award-winning dance theater artist Joe Goode, TDPS students present original solos and duets.

 

 Free tickets will be available online in Fall 2019.

Friday, December 13, 2019

TDPS presents the 2019 Fall Choreography Showcase

Performing Arts - Theater | December 12 – 13, 2019 every day | 8-9:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 7

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the work of promising, emerging choreographers. With the guidance of professor and award-winning dance theater artist Joe Goode, TDPS students present original solos and duets.

 

 Free tickets will be available online in Fall 2019.

Monday, January 27, 2020

ATC Lecture — Amy LaViers, "Dancing with Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems"

Colloquium | January 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Amy LaViers, Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design

Movement seems to encode information. How does this work? We know that animals, including humans, use the motion of counterparts to produce coordinated, social behaviors. But how do we resolve the discrete measures of communication and information theory with the continuous laws of motion and mechanics? Answering these questions is critical to developing expressive robotic systems that integrate...   More >

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The New Play Reading Series

Performing Arts - Theater | February 12 | B4 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The New Play Reading Series is a directed group study course led by current Performance Studies graduate students. Students in the course form a repertory theater company dedicated to the reading of three new plays by up-and-coming playwrights.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance: Main Stage Productions | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Challenging choreographers, performers, and audience members to explore the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert will pose critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making?

 $13–20

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Friday, February 21, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance: Main Stage Productions | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Challenging choreographers, performers, and audience members to explore the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert will pose critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making?

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, February 22, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance: Main Stage Productions | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Challenging choreographers, performers, and audience members to explore the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert will pose critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making?

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online

Thursday, February 27, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance: Main Stage Productions | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Challenging choreographers, performers, and audience members to explore the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert will pose critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making?

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online

Friday, February 28, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance: Main Stage Productions | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Challenging choreographers, performers, and audience members to explore the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert will pose critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making?

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, February 29, 2020

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance: Main Stage Productions | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Challenging choreographers, performers, and audience members to explore the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert will pose critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making?

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The New Play Reading Series

Performing Arts - Theater | March 4 | B4 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The New Play Reading Series is a directed group study course led by current Performance Studies graduate students. Students in the course form a repertory theater company dedicated to the reading of three new plays by up-and-coming playwrights.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

TDPS presents 'The Arsonists' by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | March 12 – 15, 2020 every day |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

 $10–15

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Friday, March 13, 2020

TDPS presents 'The Arsonists' by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | March 12 – 15, 2020 every day |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

 $10–15

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

TDPS presents 'The Arsonists' by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | March 12 – 15, 2020 every day |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

 $10–15

  Buy tickets online

Sunday, March 15, 2020

TDPS presents 'The Arsonists' by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | March 12 – 15, 2020 every day |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Patrick Russell

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In a nameless town. At an unknown time. A community is on edge as arsonists wreak havoc in the night, going door to door, setting homes ablaze. When the self-assured businessman Biedermann finds himself with the arsonists on his doorstep, will he be prepared for their cunning and coercive tactics?

 $10–15

  Buy tickets online

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The New Play Reading Series

Performing Arts - Theater | April 15 | B4 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The New Play Reading Series is a directed group study course led by current Performance Studies graduate students. Students in the course form a repertory theater company dedicated to the reading of three new plays by up-and-coming playwrights.

Dates for the performances are: February 12, March 4, and April 15, 2020 in Dwinelle Hall, Room B4. Featured playwrights and play titles will be...   More >

Friday, April 24, 2020

TDPS presents 'Snowflakes, or Rare White People' by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

TDPS presents 'Snowflakes, or Rare White People' by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

TDPS presents 'Snowflakes, or Rare White People' by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Friday, May 1, 2020

TDPS presents 'Snowflakes, or Rare White People' by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

TDPS presents 'Snowflakes, or Rare White People' by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

TDPS presents 'Snowflakes, or Rare White People' by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater: Main Stage Productions | April 24 – May 3, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Mina Morita

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In 23rd Century Nueva New York, the dwindling white American population is protected by the federal government. Two of the last are brought to the Museum of Natural History as a living exhibit in the Hall of Caucasian Peoples, only to be freed by a sympathetic gift shop employee. Is society ready for their return?

 $13–20

  Buy tickets online