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2018/19 SEASON

Research And Development Initiative in Creativity, Arts, and Learning

Cal Performances' groundbreaking Berkeley RADICAL initiative explores two important and timely cultural issues: the role of women creators in the arts and beyond, and the nature of citizenship in today's increasingly polarized world. Explore these themes with us through two series of powerful stage performances and associated discussions and events, all designed to expand and enhance your experience.


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Berkeley RADICAL Women's Work

While Cal Performances has always presented female artists of the highest caliber and distinction, we take a specific look this season at the extraordinary artistry of five women who are not only principal creators of works on our 2018/19 season, but more broadly, are expanding the definition of what it is to be an artist in the 21st century. The Women’s Work strand includes five programs across several genres, created by trailblazing female theater artists, musicians, directors, and choreographers. Watch the introduction video to learn more.

Aida Cuevas
with Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán
A Tribute to Juan Gabriel

Oct 6, PT

Sasha Waltz & Guests
Oct 20–21, ZH

Big Dance Theater
Dec 13–16, ZP

Nicola Benedetti, violin
Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Jan 27, ZH

Quote Unquote Collective
Mar 22–24, ZP

Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship

The diverse series of five performances that form the Citizenship theme provide engagement opportunities that spotlight the human side of the current debate on immigration and nationalism. By sharing unique perspectives on the threats to—and responsibilities of—citizenship, the artists included here illustrate the universal need for belonging and home, and invoke the very real sense of urgency and peril that pervades the world today. Watch the introduction video to learn more.

An Enemy of the People
by Henrik Ibsen

Oct 12–13, ZH

Barber Shop Chronicles
A Fuel, National Theatre,
and West Yorkshire Playhouse
by Inua Ellams
Oct 26–28, ZH

Jordi Savall
The Routes of Slavery (1444—1888)
Nov 3, ZH

Daniel Barenboim and the
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Nov 10, ZH

Esa-Pekka Salonen,
principal conductor & artistic advisor
Philharmonia Orchestra, London
Mar 15–17, ZH