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2018/19 SEASON

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

Feature: Berkeley RADICAL, Women's Work by Sarah Cahill

Women's Work
Addressing Imbalance After Centuries of Erasure
by Sarah Cahill

Consider the phrase "women's work." We might imagine it refers to traditional roles for women, like caring for babies and children, domestic chores, and subservient tasks. In the arts, "women's work" has encompassed crafts such as sewing and embroidery and quilting, which not until the 20th century were recognized as legitimate art forms....READ ARTICLE

Feature: Berkeley RADICAL, Within and Without by Thomas May

Within and Without
Addressing Citizenship through Artistic Engagement
by Thomas May

It transpired in a mere moment: the experience of a lifetime recaptured, and with it a pang of empathy for a new generation facing the same pattern. During his appearance in Zellerbach Hall in Robert Wilson's Letter to a Man, just after the 2016 presidential election, Mikhail Baryshnikov witnessed a silent protest on Sproul Plaza led by students...READ ARTICLE