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K-12 Programs

You are invited to take a journey into the world of the performing arts at Cal Performances' K-12 programs: SchoolTime, Cal Performances in the Classroom, and AileyCamp.

We provide a vital link to artistic excellence through our K-12 programs for thousands of school children per year. SchoolTime features the same artists on the main season in one hour daytime performances, along with classroom resource materials and activities designed to inspire and engage the class in arts learning.

ATTENTION TEACHERS:
Check out our Creativity, Arts and Learning Professional Development Workshop for Teachers on September 27!. Start the school year with this special opportunity for you to achieve greater heights in the classroom by nourishing your own creativity!


2014/15 SchoolTime Performances

You are invited to journey into the world of the performing arts at Cal Performances SchoolTime, where you and your students will experience extraordinary artistry in dance, music, theater, and circus arts. With meaningful arts experiences, your students will open their imaginations, investigate big ideas, exercise their creativity, and reflect on the deeply human experience of engaging in the arts.

All SchoolTime performances take place from 11 am to 12 noon in Zellerbach Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus. For more information, contact us at eduprogramsatcalperformances.org.

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Peking Acrobats
Mon, Jan 26, 11 am and 1:30 pm
Tues, Jan 27, 11 am

What is possible when the human body can do more than we imagine?

The Peking Acrobats, China's most gifted company of tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts return with daring maneuvers rooted in 2,000 years of folk tradition. Rigorously trained since childhood, these artists dazzle audiences with skill and agility, performing feats on moving bicycles, jumping hoops, balancing precariously, and wowing crowds with perfectly choreographed aerial acts. Musicians playing Chinese folk instruments are an integral part of the performance.


Kodo
Mon, Feb 2, 11 am

How do taiko drummers communicate and create community through the power of their rhythms?

Kodo evokes the "primal power and bravura beauty" (Chicago Tribune) of Japanese taiko drumming, combining the dramatic traditions of this ancient art form with an exciting modern flair. The drummers, who have collaborated with artists as diverse as Blue Man Group, Cirque de Soleil, and composer Tan Dun, marshal thunderous drums with thrilling precision and musical grace. "Kodo can raise the roof, but the group can also show extraordinary finesse" (The New York Times).

Cal Performances in the Classroom teacher workshop on Jan 10


The Nile Project
Fri, Feb 20, 11 am

How does the Nile Project use music to strengthen cultural ties, raise environmental awareness, and alleviate conflict?

Using the power of making music together, musicians and vocalists from the countries of the Nile Basin, including Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Uganda, come together to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along the world's longest river. The result is the new sound of a shared Nile identity. Their stirring performance, like their debut album Aswan (one of NPR's "5 Must Hear International Albums") features songs in a dozen languages and a wide range of traditional instruments.

Cal Performances in the Classroom teacher workshop on Jan 31


The Intergalactic Nemesis
Book 2: Robot Planet Rising

Fri, Mar 6, 11 am

How does the juxtaposition of sound and graphics create a compelling story?

The Intergalactic Nemesis is back with more sci-fi adventures! Will our heroes defeat alien monsters to save Earth again? Robot Planet Rising is the second in the series of "live-action graphic novels" performed by three actors, Foley sound effects, live music, and striking hand-drawn comics projected onto a giant screen. You'll be pulled in to a tale that is "long on imagination, sense of wonder, and nifty gadgets" (Locus Magazine).


Chitresh Das Dance Company
Mon, Mar 30, 11 am

How do dancers embody and bring myth to life?

San Francisco based artist Pandit Chitresh Das is a kathak (Indian classical dance) master who has achieved worldwide acclaim for his stunning works. His company members have gathered accolades for their compelling execution of the technical, graceful, and dramatic aspects of kathak dance. Shiva, Pandit Das' new work, brings the benevolent and fearsome mystical deity to life, exemplifying the balance between destruction and creation.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Thu, Apr 23, 11 am
Fri, Apr 24, 11 am

How do the choreography and spirituals in Alvin Ailey's Revelations evoke the emotional resonance of American experience?

Powerful and expressive, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater conveys the panorama of American cultural experience in modern masterpieces like Revelations and electrifying new works. Artistic director Robert Battle has been praised for invigorating the company's repertoire and sparking the imaginations of its dancers with dazzling works by brilliant choreographers. As the San Francisco Chronicle notes: "The names and faces may change, the dances may vary, but a night at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater guarantees you a night of amazing dancing."

Cal Performances in the Classroom teacher workshop on Mar 14

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2014/15 Cal Performances in the Classroom

What happens when you invite Cal Performances into your classroom? You get our multi-step arts integration program, designed to situate you and your students squarely in the space where the rigor of artistic inquiry and the practice of good teaching and learning flow together naturally.

Every SchoolTime performance includes resource materials for teachers to engage their students before and following the performance. For three of these performances—Kodo, The Nile Project, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, professional development workshops give teachers hands-on explorations of the upcoming performance, each with optional classroom visits by expert Teaching Artists. These 3-hour workshops take place at Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby Street in Berkeley and cost $40. Classroom visits are $70 and are scheduled following workshop participation.

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2014/15 Professional Development Workshops for Teachers


Creativity, Arts and Learning: Common Core in the Classroom
A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Sat, Sept 27, 9:30 am–4 pm
Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley


Don't miss this special opportunity to kick off the school year by nourishing your own creativity!

The arts are an essential tool for deeply engaged teaching and learning in the common core framework. Cal Performances and Berkeley Unified School District's Office of Visual and Performing Arts invite you to an interactive day of training to explore the live performing arts as a rich resource for sparking your own creativity and inspiring your students to investigate the world around them.

We invite you to invigorate your classroom practice with arts-based approaches provided by Deb Brzoska, Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist and recognized leader in arts education and Sabrina Klein of Creative Education Consulting, with mini-workshops led by Cal Performances' master teaching artists Melanie DeMore (music), David McCauley (dance), and Rica Anderson (theater).

Pricing: We encourage pairs of colleagues and school cohorts.
$50 per person
$60 per pair
$100 per cohort of 3–5 teachers

To register, call the Ticket Office at 510.642.9988.

For more information, contact Rica Anderson, Education Programs Manager at eduprogramscalperformances.org or 510.642.6838


The Rhythms of Community
Sat, Jan 10, 10 am–1 pm

Subject Areas: Music, Social Studies, Japanese History

Line of Inquiry: How do taiko drummers communicate and create community through the power of their rhythms?

Discover how taiko drums "speak" to call community together. This dynamic workshop investigates the sensory rhythms rooted in the ancient art of taiko drumming, as well as taiko's role in Japanese myth, culture and art. Participants may request a single classroom visit from a trained taiko teaching artist.

SchoolTime Performance: Kodo, Mon, Feb 2, 11 am, Zellerbach Hall


Bridging Cultures Through Music
Sat, Jan 31, 10 am–1 pm

Subject areas: Music, Social Studies, Environmental Science, Language Arts

Line of Inquiry: How does the Nile Project use music to strengthen cultural ties, raise environmental awareness, and alleviate conflict?

Delve into the remarkable landscape of East Africa's Nile Basin, in a model of musical collaboration between people of 11 countries that are frequently in conflict—including Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan—that sets the stage to tackle sometimes extreme cultural and environmental competing interests. In this workshop, you will make music; examine the interplay of geography, resources, and culture; and brainstorm big ideas around food security, shared resources and the power of artistic interaction.

Participants may request a single classroom visit from a music teaching artist.

Berkeley Unified School District 6th grade teachers will help pilot an experimental Three-Visit Residency program around The Nile Project. Contact 510.642.6838 or eduprogramscalperformances.org for more information.

SchoolTime Performance: The Nile Project, Fri, Feb 20, 11 am, Zellerbach Hall


The Music of Revelations
Sat, Mar 14, 10 am–1 pm

Subject areas: Dance, Music, Social Studies, Language Arts

Line of Inquiry: How do the choreography and spirituals in Alvin Ailey's Revelations evoke the emotional resonance of American experience?

In his classic work, Ailey created rich visual poetry through movement, giving voice to the deep emotions rooted in his "blood memories." In this workshop, you will explore the evocative spirituals and enter the crucible of American history that inspired and still propels Revelations.

Participants may request a single classroom visit or apply to participate in the limited Three-Visit Residency program.

SchoolTime Performance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Thu, Apr 23 and Fri, Apr 24, 11 am, Zellerbach Hall

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Teacher workshops take place at Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby Street in Berkeley and cost $40. Classroom visits are $70 and are scheduled following workshop participation.

These workshops and classroom visits are presented by Cal Performances in association with the Berkeley Unified School District as a team of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts National Partnership Program.

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Contact eduprogramscalperformances.org or Rica Anderson, Education Programs Manager at 510.642.6838 for more information.

K-12 Learning Resources

Imagine, Investigate, Connect

At SchoolTime, students are guaranteed a live arts experience that will capture their interest and awaken their curiosity. You can bring this fresh energy into your classroom by using the performance as the basis for exploration, inspiring classroom practice with fresh lines of inquiry, dynamic project-based learning, reflection, and connections. We give you materials designed for preparation prior to and reflection after every performance. You will have arts-based activities and the vocabulary to make it matter, including multiple points of entry for customize units of study and contextual information on culture, history, the artists, and their art forms.

Check back before you embark upon your SchoolTime adventure for updated resource materials tailored for each SchoolTime performance! Each unit will be available one month prior to the scheduled field trip.

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AileyCamp

Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances: A tuition free summer program inspired by Alvin Ailey and fully funded and run by Cal Performances. Dance instruction in four disciplines—modern, ballet, African, and Jazz—is complemented by personal development and creative communication classes that develop self-esteem discipline and critical thinking in youth ages 11-14. More about AileyCamp >>
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