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What's a Cal Performances Classroom? Your classroom, of course!

Download the 2015/16 Cal Performances Classroom brochure
(please note that the brochure's order form has the wrong Alvin Ailey SchoolTime date; it should be Thu, Mar 31, not Thu, Mar 30)

Download the 2015/16 Cal Performances Classroom order form
(please note that the order form has the wrong Alvin Ailey SchoolTime date; it should be Thu, Mar 31, not Thu, Mar 30)
The arts are an endlessly replenishable resource for a lifelong love affair with thinking, learning and feeling across disciplines and cultures. They connect fluidly with curriculum throughout the school years, and—perhaps with more endurance—they connect us to ideas and reflection on human experience that can't easily be expressed any other way.

Each season at Cal Performances, you will find a menu of compelling performances and classroom opportunities for any age. You can create your Cal Performances classroom through any or all of our artistic literacy programs for grades K–12. Cal Performances holds artistic literacy on a par with language and numerical literacy. Those who are artistically literate hold the keys to a lifelong engagement with the arts, able to unlock and make personal connections to any work of art, regardless of level of familiarity with the work and the artists.

Artistic literacy skills are developed in the Cal Performances classroom as students and teachers are engaged in the artist's process. These skills are embedded in everything we do, from pre-performance talks to community conversations to teacher workshops and artist visits to the classroom.

You can create your Cal Performances classroom through any or all of our artistic literacy programs for grades K-12:

SchoolTime Performances: Five of our regularly scheduled performances are reprised in one-hour performances during the school day.

Teacher Workshops: Three-hour immersions into the creative process of performing artists on our stage, scheduled approximately three weeks before a SchoolTime Performance to give you plenty of time to engage your students in preparation for seeing the performance.

Master Teaching Artist Classroom Visits: For an additional fee, teachers who take a workshop can enrich their students’ experience of performances by signing up for Master Teaching Artists to visit their classrooms before a SchoolTime Performance.

K-12 Artistic Literacy Engagement Guides: When you become a Cal Performances Classroom, you get access to our Engagement Guides, designed to situate you and your students into the artistic process.

AileyCamp/AileyAlums: A tuition-free six week summer program inspired by Alvin Ailey and fully funded and run by Cal Performances.

2015/16 SchoolTime Performances

All performances begin at 11 am unless otherwise noted.

Mummenschanz
The Musicians of Silence

Mon, Nov 30
The beloved Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz is back with its signature combination of whimsy and grace, comedy and pathos. Clad in colorful, abstract costumes and masks, the company's four actors enact scenarios realistic and fantastic, in a magical collection of wordless, songless skits. For more than 40 years, the unique troupe has been charming international audiences of all ages.

Teacher Workshop: A Love Affair with Objects.



St. Louis Symphony
Des Canyons aux Étoiles
(From the Canyons to the Stars)

Mon, Feb 1
To celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service in 2016, Messiaen's majestic work is paired with new and stunning photography by Berkeley photographer Deborah O'Grady. This multimedia performance highlights a dynamic relationship between visual imagery, music and nature.

Teacher Workshop: Art Cycle: Nature Feeds Music Feeds Photos Feeds Nature.



Chitresh Das Dance Company
Shiva

Fri, Feb 26
The Chitresh Das Dance Company delivers a performance celebrating the life, work, and legacy of its founder and artistic leader, Pandit Chitresh Das. Das's unexpected passing early last year galvanized his company's commitment to present this project, his final work specifically reimagined for Zellerbach Hall. Shiva is a powerful and gripping work, its drama showcasing the technical mastery, grace, and nuance of the company's members, all of whom are recognized as master practitioners of kathak dance.

Teacher Workshop: New Language, Ancient Myth.



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Thu, Mar 31
It's hard to describe America's most beloved dance company without evoking all the glorious complexities and contradictions of human experience. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances uplift and transform, from Ailey's classic Revelations to new works from the world's leading choreographers. The company is prized for its unmatched athleticism and the exuberance of its dancers.






globalFEST
Creole Carnival

Tue Apr 5
Creole Carnival honors the roots of African musical currents, crossed with a fusion of sounds from the Americas, and revolving around Carnival—the pre-Lent festival celebrated globally that's everyone's favorite excuse for a party. Featuring the reigning queen of Haitian songs, Emeline Michele, Rio de Janeiro's innovative samba masters Casuarina, and Jamaica's one-stringed guitar virtuoso Brushy One String, this is a unique musical exploration that is both distinctly international and completely American.

Teacher Workshop: Carnival: Music and Identity.

For more information, contact us at eduprogramsatcalperformances.org.

Download the 2015/16 Cal Performances Classroom brochure
(please note that the brochure's order form has the wrong Alvin Ailey SchoolTime date; it should be Thu, Mar 31, not Thu, Mar 30)

Download the 2015/16 Cal Performances Classroom order form
(please note that the order form has the wrong Alvin Ailey SchoolTime date; it should be Thu, Mar 31, not Thu, Mar 30)

Teacher Workshops





Conducted by our dynamic Master Teaching Artists, Teacher Workshops are interactive, engaging explorations of the works of art presented at SchoolTime Performances. Customized for each performance, the workshops are inquiry-based and flexible for adaptation in your classroom. Engagement guides with step-by-step guidelines, activities and relevant background material are included with each workshop. All workshops will take place at Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby Street (at Sacramento St.) in Berkeley.

A Love Affair with Objects
Sat, Nov 7, 10 am–1 pm
Explore the extraordinary power of ordinary objects to reflect human behavior and emotion, transporting us beyond language and cultures to a magical communication about what binds us together.

SchoolTime: Mummenschanz (Mon, Nov 30)

Art Cycle: Nature Feeds Music Feeds Photos Feeds Nature
(with a look at the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System)
Sat, Jan 9, 10 am–1 pm
It's a creative cycle: artistic and personal inspiration from nature, expressed in music which in turn inspires photographs of nature, which in turn inspires us to look at the natural world with new eyes. Engage with inspiration and expression in music and photography.

SchoolTime: St. Louis Symphony: Des Canyons aux Étoiles (Mon, Feb 1)

New Language, Ancient Myth
Sat, Jan 30, 10 am–1 pm
What does it take to create a modern tribute to the Hindu god of destruction and rebirth, rooted in traditional dance and ancient story? The gestural language of dance and movement unlocks aspects of story and character that transcend other communications barriers while honoring the cultural roots of story and legend. This workshop is part of our continuing partnership with Berkeley Unified School District 6th Grade Classrooms.

SchoolTime: Chitresh Das Dance Company: Shiva (Fri, Feb 26)

If you choose artist visits to your classroom, a three-visit residency (3 classroom visits, 1 before and 2 following the performance, is required, at a special rate).

Carnival: Music and Identity
Sat, Mar 5, 10 am–1 pm
The challenge: music is a powerful channel for expressing emotions, thoughts, politics and social connections, both of individuals and of communities. When musicians from different cultures play together across genres, how do we experience our own identity and that of our communities?

SchoolTime: globalFEST: Creole Carnival (Tue Apr 5)

If you choose an artist visit following this workshop, you have the option of a Three-Visit Residency (3 class visits at a reduced rate).

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

Download the 2015/16 Cal Performances Classroom brochure
(please note that the brochure's order form has the wrong Alvin Ailey SchoolTime date; it should be Thu, Mar 31, not Thu, Mar 30)

Download the 2015/16 Cal Performances Classroom order form
(please note that the order form has the wrong Alvin Ailey SchoolTime date; it should be Thu, Mar 31, not Thu, Mar 30)

Master Teaching Artists



Teaching Artists have a double professional identity: they are trained and practicing artists, and they are skilled to teach through a variety of learning experiences that open the arts to a deeper understanding and provide a pathway for reflection and connection. They have expertise in their artistic profession and expertise in creating environments that invite learning and meaning-making through and with the arts.

At Cal Performances, we are privileged to work with some of the Bay Area’s best Master Teaching Artists at the peak of their artistic and teaching practice. Our Teaching Artists work with K-12 classrooms, with campus curriculum, and with an array of education, social service, health, community and business partners. Our roster includes nationally and internationally respected Teaching Artists who are leaders both in their art forms and in the Teaching Artist Field. You will meet them at the Teacher Workshops, and you can bring them to your classroom to work with your students directly.

Only teachers who attend a Cal Performances Teacher Workshop can schedule a Master Teaching Artist visit.

Download the 2015/16 Cal Performances Classroom brochure
(please note that the brochure's order form has the wrong Alvin Ailey SchoolTime date; it should be Thu, Mar 31, not Thu, Mar 30)

Download the 2015/16 Cal Performances Classroom order form
(please note that the order form has the wrong Alvin Ailey SchoolTime date; it should be Thu, Mar 31, not Thu, Mar 30)
K-12 Engagement Guides

The practice of good teaching and learning aligns with rigorous artistic inquiry, and you’ll be able to guide your students step-by-step through an artistic challenge that will introduce them to creative thinking and problem-solving similar to that of the working artist. Each engagement guide includes project-based learning, reflection and frames for making personal and meaningful connections to the work of art. Engagement Guides are posted 3 weeks before the SchoolTime Performances so you have time to prepare yourself and your classroom for a deeper experience. Check here for updated materials 3 weeks before the performance date.

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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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