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Illuminations connects groundbreaking UC Berkeley scholarship to themes taken up by the world-class music, dance, and theater presented by Cal Performances. Illuminations programming, which includes performances, panel discussions, lecture demonstrations, Q&As, and more, sheds light on pressing topics with the power to transform our understanding of the world and shape the future. 

Each season, Cal Performances selects a theme with major implications for all facets of life. The Education team then works with an Artist Partner, selected for their expertise in both the performing arts and the chosen theme, as well as a panel of interdisciplinary thought leaders to plan a robust arts-based education program. Each event  is meant to provide a unique lens through which to see and understand the season’s big idea; when taken collectively, the events should create a more holistic understanding of the theme and shed new light on its many implications, both in performance and in our daily lives. 

2022–23 Season
“Human and Machine”

The 2022–23 Illuminations theme is “Human and Machine.” Through six performances and even more events with the UC Berkeley campus, we’ll explore how technology both catalyzes and challenges creative expression and human communication..

Explore 2022/23 Season Illuminations events and programming.

Illuminations 2022/23 Season: Human and Machine

2021/22 Season
“Place and Displacement”

Illuminations 2021/22 Season: Place and Displacement

2020/21 Season
“Music and the Mind” and “Fact or Fiction”

Illuminations 2020/21: Music and the Mind and Fact or Fiction