"The Caucasian Chalk Circle" by Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Christine Nicholson, Nov. 15–24, The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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

Performing Arts - Other | 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, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, Arts Research Center

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 | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Bertolt Brecht

 Alistair Beaton

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of a post-war land dispute in the Caucasus Mountains and a young servant who risks her life 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

“Both Eyes Open” Chamber Opera: a Workshop Performance (SOLD OUT)

Performing Arts - Theater | November 15 | 7 p.m. | Morrison Hall, 125, Elkus Room

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Japanese American Studies Advisory Council

An experimental chamber opera-play
Music by Max Giteck Duykers
Libretto by Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by Missy Weaver
Performed by tenor John Duykers, baritone Kelvin Chan, Soprano, Kalean Ung
With pianist Marja Mutru, marimba lumina performed by Joel Davel.

The story of the enduring psychological trauma
of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II

 Seating is now full

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

TDPS presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

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

 Christine Nicholson

 Bertolt Brecht

 Alistair Beaton

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of a post-war land dispute in the Caucasus Mountains and a young servant who risks her life 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 17, 2019

TDPS presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

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

 Christine Nicholson

 Bertolt Brecht

 Alistair Beaton

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of a post-war land dispute in the Caucasus Mountains and a young servant who risks her life 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

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

TDPS Workshop Performance: FABLE

Performing Arts - Theater | November 19 – 21, 2019 every day | 7-9 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Timothy L. Quirus

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

To gaze into her eyes would be to know all the secrets of the universe; rendering mankind into stone. The Mythologies of the triple goddess, as well as Medusa, continue to ripple through history to modern day culture, and mirror the human experience. Is her story complete? What has been left out, and why is the gorgon perpetuated as a monster for the modern world?

 

Sculpture by Luciano Garbati

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

TDPS Workshop Performance: FABLE

Performing Arts - Theater | November 19 – 21, 2019 every day | 7-9 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Timothy L. Quirus

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

To gaze into her eyes would be to know all the secrets of the universe; rendering mankind into stone. The Mythologies of the triple goddess, as well as Medusa, continue to ripple through history to modern day culture, and mirror the human experience. Is her story complete? What has been left out, and why is the gorgon perpetuated as a monster for the modern world?

 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The TDPS Speaker Series | Brecht’s Legacy

Panel Discussion | 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

Coinciding with the TDPS production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, this panel discussion will explore how Bertolt Brecht's work speaks to contemporary concerns, and what it can teach us about history, emotion, estrangement, and theater.

 

TDPS Workshop Performance: FABLE

Performing Arts - Theater | November 19 – 21, 2019 every day | 7-9 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Timothy L. Quirus

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

To gaze into her eyes would be to know all the secrets of the universe; rendering mankind into stone. The Mythologies of the triple goddess, as well as Medusa, continue to ripple through history to modern day culture, and mirror the human experience. Is her story complete? What has been left out, and why is the gorgon perpetuated as a monster for the modern world?

 

Friday, November 22, 2019

TDPS presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

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

 Christine Nicholson

 Bertolt Brecht

 Alistair Beaton

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of a post-war land dispute in the Caucasus Mountains and a young servant who risks her life 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

Saturday, November 23, 2019

TDPS presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

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

 Christine Nicholson

 Bertolt Brecht

 Alistair Beaton

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of a post-war land dispute in the Caucasus Mountains and a young servant who risks her life 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 | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Bertolt Brecht

 Alistair Beaton

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of a post-war land dispute in the Caucasus Mountains and a young servant who risks her life 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 | 5-9 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 | 5-9 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

TDPS presents 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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

TDPS presents 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 | 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

Friday, March 13, 2020

TDPS presents The Arsonists by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater | 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

Saturday, March 14, 2020

TDPS presents The Arsonists by Max Frisch

Performing Arts - Theater | 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 | 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

TDPS presents 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 | 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 | 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

Sunday, April 26, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | 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

Friday, May 1, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | 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

Saturday, May 2, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | 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

Sunday, May 3, 2020

TDPS presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn

Performing Arts - Theater | 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