On Tuesday, June 8, Cal Performances’ board of trustees current co-chairs Susan L. Graham and Helen Meyer, and executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen, announced the organization’s 2021–22 season, a robust and expansive series of more than 70 dance, theater, and music performances that marks the return to live, in-person performing arts presentations after COVID-19 shuttered venues in the spring of 2020.  A new season of Cal Performances’ Illuminations programming explores the timely topic of “Place and Displacement” through five mainstage performances, including three West Coast premieres and a series of programs that connect the work of world-class artists to the academic and intellectual life of the UC Berkeley campus. Singer, composer, activist, and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo joins Cal Performances as the organization’s first season-long artist-in-residence, visiting for two performances and participating in collaborations with students, faculty, and campus partners, plus a full slate of public engagement activities. 

Cal Performances 2021–22 Season Announcement Press Release >
Cal Performances 2021–22 Season Calendar >
Cal Performances 2021–22 Season Illuminations: Place and Displacement>
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Not Our First Goat Rodeo
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Pictured: Not Our First Goat Rodeo performs with guest Aoife O’Donovan on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre.
(credit: Josh Golemantif)
Angélique Kidjo
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Pictured: Cal Performances’ 2021–22 season artist-in-residence Angélique Kidjo performs Remain in Light on Friday, October 29, 2021 and the West Coast premiere of Yemandja on Saturday, April 23, 2022 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series.
(credit: Courtesy of Angélique Kidjo)
Two Wings
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Pictured: Pianist Jason Moran and mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran perform the West Coast premiere of Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration on Thursday, February 17, 2022 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series.
(credit: Fadi Kheir)
Ted Hearne's Place
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Pictured: Cal Performances presents the West Coast premiere of Ted Hearne and Saul Williams’ Place on Saturday, March 12, 2022 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series.
(credit: Courtesy of Ted Hearne)
Kronos Quartet
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Pictured: Kronos Quartet and guest vocalist Mahsa Vahdat perform Placeless on Thursday, December 2, 2021 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series. Pictured: Kronos Quartet
(credit: Jay Blakesberg)
Mahsa Vahdat
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Pictured: Kronos Quartet and guest vocalist Mahsa Vahdat perform Placeless on Thursday, December 2, 2021 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series. Pictured: Mahsa Vahdat
(credit: Tehmineh Monzavi)
Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López-Gavilán
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Pictured: Violinist Ilmar Gavilán and pianist Aldo López-Gavilán perform Saturday, January 23, 2022 as part of Cal Performances' Illuminations: “Place and Displacement” series.
(credit: Courtesy of Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López-Gavilán)
Harry Bicket
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Pictured: The English Concert, directed by conductor Harry Bicket, performs Handel’s Alcina Sunday, November 7, 2021.
(credit: Dario Acosta)
Danish String Quartet
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Pictured: The Danish String Quartet performs Sunday, October 10, 2021 and Friday, April 29, 2022.
(credit: Caroline Bittencourt)
The Joffrey Ballet
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Pictured: The Joffrey Ballet performs Friday–Sunday, March 4–6, 2022. Pictured: Anais Bueno (center), Brooke Linford (left), Christine Rocas (right) performing Boléro by Yoshihisa Arai.
(credit: Matt de la Peña)
The Joffrey Ballet
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Pictured: The Joffrey Ballet performs Friday–Sunday, March 4–6, 2022. Pictured: Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili performing Nicolas Blanc’s Under the Trees’ Voices
(credit: Matt de la Peña)
Wayne Shorter
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Pictured: The West Coast premiere of Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding's Iphigenia takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Pictured: Wayne Shorter
(credit: Robert Ascroft)
Esperanza Spalding
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Pictured: The West Coast premiere of Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding's Iphigenia takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Pictured: esperanza spalding
(credit: Carmen Daneshmandi)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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Pictured: Pianist and director Mitsuko Uchida performs with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, March 27, 2022.
(credit: May Zircus)
Lil Buck
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Pictured: Cal Performances presents the West Coast premiere of Memphis Jookin’: The Show featuring Lil Buck Friday–Saturday, February 25–26, 2022.
(credit: Courtesy of Lil Buck)
Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao
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Pictured: Caleb Teicher & Company and pianist Conrad Tao perform the West Coast premiere of More Forever on Sunday, December 5, 2021.
(credit: Em Watson)
Ballet Hispánico
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Pictured: Ballet Hispánico performs Noche de Oro – A Celebration of 50 Years! on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Pictured: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Tiburones
(credit: Paula Lobo)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performs Tuesday–Sunday, March 29–April 3, 2022. Pictured: Jacqueline Green and Soloman Dumas
(credit: Andrew Eccles)
English Baroque Soloists
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Pictured: Conductor John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists perform Sunday, April 10, 2022.
(credit: Simon van Boxtel)
Mark Morris Dance Group
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Pictured: Mark Morris Dance Group performs Friday–Sunday, December 17–19, 2021. Pictured: Dancing Honeymoon
(credit: Christopher Duggan)
Jonas Kaufmann
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Pictured: Tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Helmut Deutsch perform Sunday, October 24, 2021. Pictured: Jonas Kaufmann
(credit: Gregor Hohenberg)
Jamie Barton
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Pictured: Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and pianist Jake Heggie perform Sunday, April 3, 2022. Pictured: Jamie Barton
(credit: Bree Anne Clowdus)
Eric Lu
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Pictured: Pianist Eric Lu performs Sunday, February 6, 2022.
(credit: Courtesy of Eric Lu)
Jakub Józef Orliński
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Pictured: Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński and pianist Michał Biel perform Sunday, March 13, 2022. Pictured: Jakub Józef Orliński
(credit: Jiyang Chen)
Vienna Piano Trio
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Pictured: The Vienna Piano Trio performs Saturday, April 9, 2022.
(credit: Courtesy of Vienna Piano Trio)
Angel Blue
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Pictured: Soprano Angel Blue performs Sunday, March 6, 2022.
(credit: Jack Hill)
Aaron Diehl Trio
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Pictured: The Aaron Diehl Trio performs Mirror on Friday, November 12, 2021. Pictured: Aaron Diehl
(credit: Maria Jarzyna)
Tetzlaff Quartet
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Pictured: The Tetzlaff Quartet performs Saturday, April 23, 2022.
(credit: Giorgia Bertazzi)
Leonidas Kavakos
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Pictured: Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang perform Saturday, November 13, 2021. Pictured: Leonidas Kavakos
(credit: Marco Borggreve)
Yuja Wang
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Pictured: Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang perform Saturday, November 13, 2021. Pictured: Yuja Wang
(credit: Kirk Edwards)