Transcending Borders

We invite you to take an in-depth look at artists, works, and ideas that challenge boundaries of all types–of genre, of time, of convention, and most importantly, of our understanding of ourselves.

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In addition to 2017/18 Season performances noted below, a range of activities related to the Berkeley RADICAL strands, and other presentations, on and off the UC Berkeley campus, will be announced throughout the season. 

Joining Generations
Explore the work of four generations of African-American choreographers who have expanded the boundaries of contemporary dance. Each speaks profoundly and deliberately to identity in different ways.

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group: Moses(es)
Camille A. Brown & Dancers: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play
Spectrum Dance Theater: A Rap on Race
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Blurring Boundaries
These artists are dissolving the very boundaries of their art forms, creating performances that cut across cultures and disciplines, accepted definitions of classical and contemporary, and even time and space.

Gustavo Dudamel Conducts National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela at the Greek Cancelled
Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water
Circa: II Ritorno
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Company Wang Ramirez: Borderline
Julia Bullock, soprano, John Arida, piano

Vaulting Walls
These artists boldly challenge us to expand our understanding of the world around us, to vault past the limitations of conventional thought and break through barriers that confine us.

Théâtre de la Ville, Paris: State of Siege
Kronos Quartet Rinde Eckart, Vân-Ánh Võ: My Lai
Seattle Symphony
Ex Machina: 887