Concepts of “individual” and “community” have been at the forefront of public discourse in recent years, with some models increasing polarization and radicalization within our society. Questions have emerged as to how we can best nurture a sense of community and how the groups we associate with impact our own sense of self. Given our fast-evolving social landscape, can we retain and celebrate the traits that make each of us unique, while still thriving in a world that demands cooperation and collaboration? And, as we examine this question, how can the performing arts guide us, either by mirroring or by modeling the ways our society functions?
The 2023–24 Season Illuminations theme—“Individual & Community”—will empower us to explore the tensions between our personal desire to live life on our own terms, and our need to exist and work together as a collective, with the performing arts serving as our guide and compass.
Through performances and public programs presented in cooperation with our many partners at UC Berkeley, this season Cal Performances investigates how our allegiances and alliances influence our lives as individuals and as members of complex and often overlapping communities.
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