NEW PLAY READING SERIES: “DUMB PUPPY” BY ELIZABETH SPREEN

Dumb Puppy is a mystery play for the 21st century, for the United States, taking place in the future when the surveillance state has overstepped its bounds domestically. The play is elliptical, filtering through the mind of K, a mother in Lawton OK, and revolving around a mashup of a salon weekend at Marie Antoinette’s Hameau de le Reine meets Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory meets Studio 54 meets Johnny Depp’s filmography.

Join us for a reading of the play Dumb Puppy by Elizabeth Spreen, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Presented by the Contemporary Drama Working Group.

E. Hunter Spreen is a writer and independent theater artist. Elizabeth enjoys exchanging ideas with artists, makers and thinkers across disciplines. Her work includes performance, communal gatherings, facilitated investigations, broadsides and experimental texts. Her work has been developed and/or produced by Crowded Fire, Playwrights Foundation, Shotgun Players and Paducah Mining Company. She is currently developing The Laurette Taylor Experience, a time-based immersive game, and Dumb Puppy, a play cycle that will include three full length plays and a series of shorter performance events. She is a playwright in residence with Playwrights Foundation’s four year Resident Playwright Initiative. Work includes Split the Stick, Dumb Puppy, The West is Won, Care of Trees, six/eleven, This World Is Not My Home and ElectrOphelia. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Contemporary Drama Working Group brings outstanding new and in-progress work by up-and-coming and established playwrights to the UC Berkeley campus. In the monthly New Play Reading Series, new plays are read by TDPS students, followed by a discussion with the playwright.This is sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities in conjunction with the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Director + Choreographers’ Meet and Greet // FALL 2017

PLEASE NOTE: This event will continue as scheduled. Attendees are encouraged to enter through the west doors by Durham.

TDPS wants YOU to come out and audition for Fall 2017 productions! If you’re interested in participating in or learning more about these upcoming productions, attend the Director Meet & Greet, hosted by your TDPS Liaisons, where you’ll have a chance to meet the directors & choreographers and hear about their show firsthand.

Artists in attendance:
• Chris Herold // Director of Metamorphoses (Playhouse)
• Christine Nicholson // Director of Mechanics of Love (Studio)
• Katie Faulkner  // Choreographer for Berkeley Dance Project 2017
• James Graham // Choreographer for Berkeley Dance Project 2018
• John Hildenbrand // Author of Restroom for Customers Only (Student Workshop)
• Lashon Daley // Organizer of  The New Play Reading Series
Peter Glazer // Faculty advisor for Spring 2018 Studio One-Acts (announcing an opportunity for students to apply to direct!)

Each director/choreographer will speak briefly about their show and what performers they are looking to cast, followed by a Q&A, plus time for students to talk individually with directors and choreographers.  We will have coffee, juice, and donut holes on hand for the reception!!!

TDPS GRAD RACE – First Year Performance Studies Graduate Student Showing

TDPS GRAD RACE is created and performed by the first-year Ph.D. in Performance Studies cohort: Caleb Luna, Tonika Sealy-Thompson and Toshi Pau. There will be a reception following the showing. 

This is a free event, but please make a reservation using the ticketing link. 

This will be a fragrance-free event, so please refrain from wearing scented products. If you would like more information about scents and alternatives, please reference this document.

 

Director’s Showcase

Our annual showing of scenes by students in our Stage Directing class, guided by Christopher Herold. This two-day event is one of the best opportunities to see the hot new talent coming to the theater scene.

 

Cal Day 2017 TDPS Events

UC Berkeley

CalDay is UC Berkeley’s annual open house to welcome the community, prospective students, current students, kids and families. For complete information about the day, please visit the Cal Day website. Events hosted by the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies are as follows:

Making Networks: A Dance Theater Workshop
10:00 Am – 11:00 AM  
Bancroft Dance Studio 

TDPS presents a workshop by choreographer Krista DeNio that includes a physical warm-up, ensemble-building exercises, and “making” (bringing creative ideas into choreographic action). Content will be drawn from “NETWORK,” the Berkeley Dance Project (BDP) piece choreographed by DeNio about networks of communication among cells–in bodies, prisons and plants. Attendees will receive a discount to the BDP performance (running April 20–29 at Zellerbach Playhouse). DeNio is an interdisciplinary choreographer and artistic director of kd>>moving ground.

Honors Projects and the Artistic Research Process
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
44B Dwinelle Hall 

Four undergraduate students in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies discuss aspects of their recently performed original works, including inspiration, research, rehearsal and performance. Heather Brown discusses choreographing and performing her original dance piece “Bodies of Color”; Sy Jordan discusses writing and directing the new musical “Love and Pride”; and Linda Girón and Madison Wackerman discuss writing and directing their respective workshops, Memoria del Silencio and The Othello Project.

Playwright’s Showcase

PLEASE NOTE: 
Performance Thursday, April 27 will be at Hearst Field Annex – D23 Acting Studio. 
Performance Friday, April 28 will be in Room 7. 

Students in Philip Kan Gotanda’s playwriting class present readings of their work. 

Berkeley Book Chats with TDPS Professor Abigail De Kosnik

Berkeley Book Chats
Rogue Archives Book Cover
Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom
Abigail De Kosnik

The task of archiving was once entrusted only to museums, libraries, and other institutions that acted as repositories of culture in material form. But with the rise of digital networked media, a multitude of self-designated archivists—fans, pirates, hackers—have become practitioners of cultural preservation on the Internet. These nonprofessional archivists have democratized cultural memory, building freely accessible online archives of whatever content they consider suitable for digital preservation.

In Rogue Archives (MIT Press, 2016), Abigail De Kosnik, associate professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Berkeley Center for New Media, examines the practice of archiving in the transition from print to digital media. She focuses on the genres of “remix culture” and fan fiction, both of which are grounded in a conception of mass culture as an archive from which individuals can redeploy content for their own creation.

After an introduction by Mark Griffith (Classics), De Kosnik will speak briefly about her book and then open the floor for discussion.

The Othello Project (TDPS Workshop)

The Othello Project is a TDPS workshop (work-in-progress) written and directed by undergraduate Madison Wackerman.

The Othello Project is a devised piece consisting of student experiences, references to the text, and character investigation to examine harmful societal tropes in the white patriarchy in Shakespeare’s Othello that persist today. This piece uses personal accounts and contemporary references to contextualize Shakespeare’s “classic” play in modern America, exploring present-day intersectionality of race and gender. Please join us as we present and discuss this collaborative investigative piece.

The Evolving Role of Theater in the 21st Century featuring ACT Artistic Director Carey Perloff

The Evolving Role of Theater in the 21st Century

As today’s culture is heavily influenced by more popular, commercial forms of art and entertainment, how do we keep a classical culture alive in the new world? Theatre is often seen merely as a traditional art form, a concept existing independently from the issues of the outside world. However, as A.C.T. artistic director and award-winning playwright Carey Perloff suggests, the theater should serve as “connective tissue” between the stage and the real world (LA Times). Perloff will explore from both a local and national perspective some of the pressing issues in American theater today, including the role of theater in regards to technology, politics, and diversity. Come join us this Tuesday, March 21st at 6pm.

Presented by The Berkeley Forum in partnership with the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

The event is subject to the standard event policies listed on our website (bforu.me/policies).

NEW PLAY READING SERIES: “Paradise” BY BRANDON BROWN

Paradise is a stage adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s Paradiso, the third poem in his Divine Comedy. No, wait, Paradise is a play about the failure to adapt Dante Alighieri’s Paradiso for the stage as a stoner rom-com which takes place under the shadow of fascism. Or if not fascism, Guelph-ism. Okay it’s both and something else. A play about love, beauty, death, fear, rage, and the paradisial places (fake and real) in which we make our lives. 

Join us for a reading of the play Paradise by Brandon Brown, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Presented by the Contemporary Drama Working Group.

Brandon Brown’s most recent books are The Good Life (Big Lucks) and Top 40 (Roof).  His work has appeared recently in Fanzine, Art in America, The Best American Experimental Writing, The Felt, and Open Space.  In 2012, Small Press Traffic included his debut play, Charles Baudelaire the Vampire Slayer as part of their annual Poet’s Theater. He is also the author, with J. Gordon Faylor, of two volumes of Christmas poems, most recently A Christmas Reckoning. In 2018, Wonder will publish a new full length book, The Four Seasons.

The Contemporary Drama Working Group brings outstanding new and in-progress work by up-and-coming and established playwrights to the UC Berkeley campus. In the monthly New Play Reading Series, new plays are read by TDPS students, followed by a discussion with the playwright.This is sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities in conjunction with the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

2017 ALUMNI PANEL

The annual TDPS Alumni Panel will take place on Thursday, March 16 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM in Durham Studio Theater. Learn about the professional paths and opportunities that await you after graduation, from a diverse panel of Alumnni.

Following the alumni panel, attendees are invited to join the panelists for dinner (provided) and extended conversation, and then the 8:00 performance of Love and Pride (ticket required).
 

 

To RSVP for dinner, please select “Going” on the Facebook event. To purchase a ticket for the show, visit Love and Pride.
 

List of Panelists:

Jonathan Amores, ’09  | Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shorenstein Hays Nederlander
Beryl Baker, ’09  | Operations Manager at Bay Area Children’s Theater,
Lorri Holt, ’75 | Professional Actress in bay area for 30 years
Barry Horwitz, ’70’s |  Theater Reviewer, curates Theatrius.com, retired English and Drama professor at Saint Mary’s College
Elkhanah Pulitzer, ’95 | Opera and Theater Director, Artistic Curator for SF Opera Lab, a new innovative R and D programming division for intimate scaled works
Joy Regullano, ’11 | Actor and YouTuber who has appeared on Supernatural, House of Lies, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Lauren Selman ’06 | Publicity Logistics Coordinator for Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Actor, Director, Film Producer, Founder of Reel Green Media.

 

NEW PLAY READING SERIES: “FIREFLIES” BY PHILANA OMOROTIONMWAN

Fireflies (4F)
It’s twilight time.
And the small, winged things–
like spiders and roaches and fireflies–
have begun to stir and search for light.
Will Then-Self find hers before she dies?
Or will Now-Self find other ways to survive?

Fireflies is an exploration of one girl’s longing and search for intimacy through the lives of insects.  Join us for a reading of a new work-in-progress by Philana Omorotionmwan, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Presented in partnership with the Townsend Center Contemporary Drama Working Group.

Philana Omorotionmwan is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The daughter of a Louisiana Creole mother and a Nigerian father, Philana began writing as a way to articulate her experience of growing up as the “other” in this place. She graduated from Stanford University where she majored in English, dabbled in spoken word, and began writing plays under the mentorship of Cherríe Moraga. Her play Before Evening Comes has been developed as part of the 2016 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the 2016 Br!nk New Play Festival. Her ten-minute play “Dis Da Hood” is currently a finalist for the 2016 Heideman Award. Production of Philana’s short plays includes “The Settlement” (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and “Black Boys Don’t Dance” (Manhattan Theatre Source). From 2010-2011, Philana was a PlayGround SF company playwright. In 2011, she studied playwriting as the recipient of the Walker Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and a participant in the Kennedy Center’s Summer Playwriting Intensive. She has also studied poetry at Naropa University as a guest student in the Summer Writing Program, and her poems have appeared in New Delta Review and African American Review. Philana is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. Visit her website at http://philanaplays.weebly.com/bio.html.

The Contemporary Drama Working Group brings outstanding new and in-progress work by up-and-coming and established playwrights to the UC Berkeley campus. In the monthly New Play Reading Series, new plays are read by TDPS students, followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Staging Grounds: Camp and the Asian Female Body in Contemporary Dance

Maura Nguyen Donohue shares her choreographic focus on the site of the Asian body as a staging ground for complex cultural, racial, and gendered projections in American culture by discussing her 2011 dance work, strictly a female female. She will share how the deployment of a camp aesthetic allows her to destabilize gender norms and traditional concert dance audience/performer relationships. strictly a female female is a 2011 mashup of Asian themed musicals/operas and (mostly) 80s rock.

 

About Martha Nguyen Donohue:
Maura Nguyen Donohue is Associate Professor of Dance at Hunter College/CUNY and faculty fellow for the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. She has been making experimental performance works in NYC for over 20 years. Her work has been produced by Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Roulette, Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, La MaMa, The Asia Society, Mulberry St. Theater, the West End Theater, and has toured across the US and to Europe and Asia.

Organized by: The Institute of International Studies Interdisciplinary Faculty Program on Gender and the Transpacific World, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, and the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

EXPLORATION OF FORMS MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: “FEMALE ORISHAS AND THEIR SONGS” WITH BOBI CÉSPEDES

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public  per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

The Orisha are deities found in the Yoruba-spiritual tradition known as Ifa in Nigeria, Candomblé in Brazil, and Lucumí in Cuba.

Join us for a rare opportunity to learn sacred Lucumí songs for the Orishas Yemaya, Oshun and Oya,  and the significance of these important deities,  from renowned singer, educator and Orisha priest, Bobi Céspedes. Accompanied by live drummers, Bobi will lead participants in singing to the mothers of the Ocean, River and Wind.


An ordained Yoruba priestess, singer Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes was born in Cuba, but has lived in the U.S. since emigrating in 1959. She currently lives in San Francisco where she co-founded the progressive Latin/Cuban group Conjunto Céspedes in 1981 with her nephew Guillermo Céspedes. Her spiritually charged lyrics also inform her collaborations with percussionist Mickey Hart, as well as her 2002 solo album Rezos.

EXPLORATION OF FORMS MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: “FELDENKRAIS FOR DANCERS AND MOVERS” WITH MARY ARMENTROUT

 

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public  per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing.

The Feldenkrais Method is a wide ranging system for understanding how human beings function and learn how to learn, using the body as the primary laboratory. In this workshop we will explore how bodies in motion and at rest work. Learn to truly experience – from the inside – how different parts of your body move and work together. Discover how very subtle changes can fundamentally alter and refine all the movements you do – from sitting at your desk, to carrying groceries, to double pirouettes, to standing on your head – and can increase awareness, release inefficient patterning, tension and pain, and increase flow. Feldenkrais can be a wonderful opportunity for dancers working in any style to bring greater understanding of how their body is constructed, as well as greater ease and articulation, into the execution of their movements. However, this pathway of exploration is equally open to movers in all walks of life, including martial artists, athletes, armchair warriors and couch potatoes, as all of us are included in the set of those who have bodies and move them in the course of their everyday lives, and perhaps would like to find more ease or fluidity in how we navigate our way through our lives.

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Mary Armentrout is an experimental choreographer, performance artist, videographer, teacher, curator, and the director of the Mary Armentrout Dance Theater.  She is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner.  Her artwork and teaching practices explore the ways Feldenkrais insights into the mind-body continuum offer rich resources for embodied artmaking.  She calls her genre-mixing works performance installations, and one of her site-specific works recently won an Isadora Duncan Dance Award.  Her work has been presented throughout the Bay Area, as well as across the US and the UK, Europe, and China.  She also organizes the Dance Discourse Project, an on-going series of artist-curated discussions of the Bay Area dance scene, and co-curates performance at The Milkbar in Richmond.

EXPLORATION OF FORMS MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: “EXPLORING THE BLACK DANCE AESTHETIC” WITH RASHAD PRIDGEN

 

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public  per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

How do we honor the roots of the African American dance aesthetic? Can we trace and physicalize the form? Celebrate, and use movement to connect, the histories and future of the black dance aesthetic through Soul Line (African American line dancing) and the emerging expressions of Gospel and Afro-House.

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Rashad Pridgen is a dance artist, somatic educator (CMT-SE) and teaching practitioner & performer. His recent works include: selected artist with The Future Soul Think Tank: “What Will Soul Look Like in 2038?” presented at Yerba Beuna Center For The Arts as the creative director of Translating Global Street Dance: A Media & Dance Presentation, performer in The Ed Mock Project conceptualized by Amara Tabor-Smith, choreographer for singer Sila (2010 NAACP Winner of The Outstanding World Music Award) music video “Super African”, theatrical dance work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company “Chapel Chapter” San Francisco, Ronald Brown/EVIDENCE and Nick Caves “Soundsuites”, teaching artist & performer with The Rennie Harris Illadelph Legends Festival, appearance at The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2010 with Jacinta Vlach/Liberation Dance Theater and commissioned choreographer with The Question Bridge Project: Black Males to create a dance installation at the Oakland Museum 2012. Rashad teaches his unique dance style afro house hop in the Bay Area and beyond.

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO EN EL PAÍS DE LA ETERNA PRIMAVERA (TDPS WORKSHOP)

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO is a TDPS Workshop (work-in-progress) written by undergraduate Linda Girón.

MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO EN EL PAÍS DE LA ETERNA PRIMAVERA is an original play that explores the relationship between memory and trauma, and how these wounds can leave a mark that flows deeper than blood. In the land of eternal spring, there’s a town where the population of ghosts outnumber the living, nearby villages are disappearing and roses grow larger than cattle; here, la familia Noguera face the boundaries of love when tested by the realities of life— aging, war and illness.

 

Performance Roundtable: Embodied Knowledges in Ritual Processions, The Cypher and Festivals

 

 

This open research roundtable presents new work in performance studies from interdisciplinary scholars on processions, cyphers and political formation in popular fiesta. The conference begins with a reception for guest speakers, followed by a roundtable conversation with brief presentations and Q&A. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students with research interests in fiesta, carnival and popular performance including hip hop and street dance are encouraged to attend.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to generous support from the Hellman Faculty Fund, the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies and the UC Berkeley Townsend Center Performance in the Americas Working Group.

Please RSVP to angela.marino@berkeley.edu.

Presenters include:

Dr. Zoila S. Mendoza (UC Davis)
Prof. Mendoza is Professor and Chair of the Native American Studies department at UC Davis and author of several publications including Shaping Society through Dance: Mestizo Ritual Performance in Andean Peru (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and Creating Our Own: Folklore, Performance and Identity in Cuzco, Peru (Duke University Press, 2008); including her recent film, The Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i: The Walk Experience (Berkeley Media 2015).  

Dr. Imani Kai Johnson (UC Riverside)
Prof. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the department of Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside whose research interests include African diasporic ritual cultures, popular performance, and Hip Hop. She has published articles in Alif, Women & Performance, and the Cambridge Companion to Hip Hop. Johnson is currently working on a manuscript entitled Dark Matter in B-boying Cyphers: Hip Hop in a Global Context.

Dr. Angela Marino (UC Berkeley)
Prof. Marino is an Assistant Professor in the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research includes festivals, popular performance, and intersections with campaign politics and social movements. Marino co-edited Festive Devils in the Americas (2015), and is currently working on her manuscript Populism and Performance: Fiesta Politics in the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela (forthcoming with Northwestern University Press in Spring of 2018).

New Play Reading Series: “A Tale of Autumn” by Christopher Chen

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III and Macbeth, along with popular “quest-for-power” TV shows Game of Thrones and House of Cards, A Tale of Autumn is a modern day fable about the psychology of a one-time altruistic corporation whose seemingly benign tactics destroy a community over time.

Join us for a reading of the play A Tale of Autumn by Christopher Chen, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Presented in partnership with the Townsend Center Contemporary Drama Working Group.


Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose full-length works have been produced and developed across the United States and abroad. Plays include The Hundred Flowers Project and The Late Wedding (both Crowded Fire commissioned world premieres), Mutt, Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act (world premiere at the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies), You Mean To Do Me Harm, and Caught, currently showing at Shotgun Players and enjoying a sold-out run at The Play Company in New York. Honors include the 2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for theater; the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, through which he was the 2013-2014 playwright-in-residence at The Vineyard; the Barrymore Award; the Glickman Award. Current commissions include American Conservatory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from S.F. State. He is a San Francisco native.

The Contemporary Drama Working Group brings outstanding new and in-progress work by up-and-coming and established playwrights to the UC Berkeley campus. In the monthly New Play Reading Series, new plays are read by TDPS students, followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Old Plays, New Faces: Representation in Classic Theater

Cal Shakes’ Civic Dialogue Series seeks to explore the intersections between theater and issues affecting our community. Through facilitated dialogues with theater artists, cultural workers, community organizers (and more!)Cal Shakes’ Civic Dialogue Series examines how theater can be a tool for building bridges and igniting change.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, this year’s dialogue analyzes the ways in which traditional casting can act as a barrier to specific communities and illuminates the ways  performing arts organizations are creating more inclusive practices to engage a more diverse range of performing artists. Featured speakers include Melissa Hillman, Artistic Director of Impact Theater, and Desdemona Chiang, who will be directing Cal Shakes’ As You Like It in May.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT SPEAKER SERIES: “Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance”

Our current political moment demands that we think carefully and closely about the legacies of protest in the United States. Such reflection is crucial for the cultivation of future activist imaginaries. To this end, Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance, brings together feminist artist Sharon Hayes with feminist theorist and punk lifer Mimi Thi Nguyen for a discussion on the politics of telling and representing queer, feminist, and anti-racist histories. The dialogue will explore questions like: What does resistance look like during a Trump-led administration? In what ways are ideas of the U.S. nation state currently being reconfigured domestically and globally? How are the legacies of U.S. imperialism operative in the current re-emergence of ethno-nationalist sentiments? What is the future of, and for, radical acts under such conditions?

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first book is The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages (Duke University Press, 2012). Her following project is called The Promise of Beauty. She has also published in Signs, Camera Obscura, Women & Performance, positions, and Radical History Review. Nguyen has made zines since 1991, including Slander and the compilation zine Race Riot.

Sharon Hayes lives and works in Philadelphia. Hayes engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech. Her focus on the particular sphere of the near-past is influenced by the potent imbrication of private and public urgencies that she experienced in her own foundational encounters with feminism and AIDS activism. Recent solo exhibitions include: Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (2015); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2014); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2012); The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2011); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011).

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This event is co-sponsored by: ARC | Arts + Design, UC Berkeley / Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment, College of Environmental Design / Center for Race and Gender/ Department of Ethnic Studies / Department of Gender and Women’s Studies / Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies / History of Art Department / Townsend Center for the Humanities

Big Give 2016

Give Today and Change the World

The butterfly effect explains change. The Berkeley Effect changes the world. During Big Give — our annual fundraising blitz taking place right now — you can be that change by contributing to Cal departments and programs of your choosing.

If you support the work of TDPS and believe that the arts have a powerful role to play in today’s world, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift today to support the work of TDPS.

Every gift to TDPS helps us to bring together the best academic and performance opportunities for our students, and to create a unique home where our students learn to build intellectual, emotional and creative connections with each other and the world. These students – as well as our alumni, faculty and supporters – become part of the Berkeley Effect that changes the world!

Director Meet & Greet // Spring 2017

TDPS is putting on amazing productions in Spring 2017 and we want YOU to come out and audition! If you’re interested in participating in or learning more about these upcoming productions, please come out to the Director Meet & Greet, hosted by your TDPS Liaisons, where you’ll have a chance to meet the directors & choreographers and hear about their show firsthand!

Artists in attendance:
• Margo Hall // Director of POLAROID STORIES
• James Graham // Choreographer for BERKELEY DANCE PROJECT 2017
• Krista Denio // Choreographer for BERKELEY DANCE PROJECT 2017
• Sy Desiree Jordan // Director of LOVE AND PRIDE
• Linda Girón // Director of LA MEMORIA DEL SILENCIO EN EL PAÍS DE LA ETERNA PRIMAVERA (MEMORY OF SILENCE IN THE LAND OF ETERNAL SPRING)
• Madi Wackerman // Director of a CONTEMPORARY ADAPTATION OF OTHELLO

Audition information and sign-ups for BDP/Polaroid Stories:
http://tdps.berkeley.edu/callboard/

Yakshagana Dance-Drama: A Vibrant Retelling of the Sita Apaharan

Yakshagana (which literally means “Celestial Singing”) is a unique 800 year old theater art form from Karnataka, India. It uses a unique technique of storytelling (from epics) in which music, dancing, acting, dialogues and costumes all play an equal role. Costumes are vibrant and elaborate. Yakshagana originated as a folk theatre and has developed into a main stream theatre form in south India. A sample clip of the art can be seen here.

Join us for a vibrant retelling of the Sita Apaharan (Abduction of Sita) episode from the Ramayana performed in this mesmerizing dance-drama art form from South India.

The performance will be led by two professional Yakshagana artists Anantha Padmanabha Phatak and Kidiyuru Ganesh along with local Yakshagana artists from the Bay Area.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

Event is FREE and open to the public.

Director Meet & Greet // Spring 2017

TDPS is putting on some amazing productions in spring 2017 and we want YOU to come out and audition! If you’re interested in participating in or learning more about these upcoming productions, please come out to the Director Meet & Greet, hosted by your TDPS Liaisons, where you’ll have a chance to meet the directors & choreographers and hear about their show firsthand.

Artists in attendance:
• Margo Hall // Director of Polaroid Stories 
• James Graham // Choreographer for Berkeley Dance Project 2017
• Krista Denio // Choreographer for Berkeley Dance Project 2017
• Sy Desiree Jordan // Director of Love and Pride
• Linda Girón // Director of La Memoria Del Silencio En El País De La Eterna Primavera (Memory of Silence in the Land of Eternal Spring)
• Madi Wackerman // Director of a Contemporary Adaptation of Othello 

Auditions for “Polaroid Stories”

Open Auditions to Participate in:
Polaroid Stories 
March 3-12 at The Playhouse @ Zellerbach Hall
Directed by Margo Hall
Written by Naomi Iizuka
See Audition Flier 

Signing up for Auditions: 

>> Polaroid Stories Audition Sign-up<<

Audition sign-up requires log in with your CalNet ID.
New students who do not have CalNet access
may call the main office or the production office
to sign up for an audition time.

About Polaroid Stories

Based on real life stories of street kids, and drawing from Ovid’s Metamorphoses myths, Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories blends poetry and profanity to explore how young people pushed to the edge of society come to understand their lives amid anger, love both lost and found, violence, homelessness, ambition, and addiction.

CASTING:

Cast size: 10 (gender flexible casting)
D (dionysus)
EURYDICE
PERSEPHONE (also SEMELE)
ORPHEUS
PHILOMEL
SKINHEADgirl (a.k.a. neon girl)
NARCISSUS
ECHO
SKINHEADboy (a.k.a. oklahoma boy/speedracer)
G (a.k.a. zeus, hades)

AUDITION INFORMATION:

AUDITION SCHEDULE: Open Auditions – Sunday, December 4, 5–9pm ­ Durham Studio Theater

CALLBACKS: Monday, December 5, 7–10pm ­ Durham Studio Theater

Please prepare a dramatic monologue (no more than 1 minute) and/or an incredible story about yourself (true or not – just be convincing.) Students who are familiar as well as those new to the audition process are encouraged to audition. Be prepared to share the piece and to talk with the director, and possibly to read from sections of the play. If possible, bring a resume, along with a headshot (or picture of yourself from the shoulders­ up.)

Perusal scripts are available in the TDPS Main Office, Dwinelle 15.

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE:

Rehearsals: January 17 – February 21, 2017:  evenings & weekends

Tech Rehearsals: February 22 – March 2, 2017: evenings & weekends

Performances: March 3–12, 2017 @ Zellerbach Playhouse

COURSE CREDIT: 

All students cast in POLAROID STORIES will be required to enroll in TDPS 181 in Spring 2017

 

Auditions for “Berkeley Dance Project 2017”

 

Audition to participate in:

Berkeley Dance Project 2017
April 20-29 at The Playhouse @ Zellerbach Hall
Directed by SanSan Kwan
Choreographic works by Krista DeNio and James Graham
See Audition Flier

NO SIGN UP NECESSARY

Dancers please arrive dressed and ready to dance at 6PM in Bancroft Studio. There will be a brief orientation preceding the audition.

ABOUT BERKELEY DANCE PROJECT

Berkeley Dance Project 2017, inspired by the theme “Digging Deep,” offers an evening of dance works exploring how we communicate with each other as humans and the deeply intertwined ways these processes are mirrored in our relationships with the non-human world that surrounds us. BDP 2017 will feature a new piece of ensemble devised dance theater by Krista DeNio. Titled Network, the piece incorporates multi-disciplinary research and experiential investigation into the idea of networks of communications among cells—in bodies, in prisons, and in plants. The piece considers our incredible abilities (plant and human) to survive and thrive, even in tiny spaces and constrained realities. Continuing these themes of communication and survival, choreographer James Graham explores the concepts of earth, fire, air, and water. Titled For Elements, the piece looks at our human relationships to these elements. Both pieces explore multiple processes of communication: verbal, non-verbal, felt, visual, and sensed, revealing the deep layers of connection we have to each other and our world.  Ultimately “Digging Deep” asks: What sustains us? What destroys us? What makes us feel connected while we are alive?

BDP PRODUCTION DATES

Detailed, proposed rehearsal calendars for each piece will be distributed at auditions. Each piece will rehearse for up to 45 hours prior to Spacing & Technical Rehearsal and Performances (Approximately 4-6 hours per week for 9-10 weeks depending on the piece.)

Rehearsals – Graham piece: Jan 24 – April 10: Tue & Thu, 12-2 PM
Rehearsals – DeNio piece: Jan 31 – April 11: Tue & Thu, 6-9PM

Tech Rehearsal: April 12-14 and April 17-19, 6-11 PM  (specific schedules will be determined after mid-term in Spring; dancers should be available for all dates listed)
Performances: April 20-22 and 27-29, 6-11 PM

COURSE CREDIT FOR DANCERS

Students cast in BDP 2017 will be required to enroll in a section of THR 180 for the corresponding number of units associated to the piece(s) in which you are cast.

 

Lin Yatin presents “Sino-Corporealities: Contemporary Choreographies from Taipei and Hong Kong”

Lin Yatin (Taipei National University of the Arts) will present a talk on the repertoire of two female choreographers from the Pacific region, Lin Lee-chen (founder and artistic director of Legend Lin Dance Theatre from Taiwan) and Helen Lai (choreographer of City Contemporary Dance Company from Hong Kong). She will discuss their work within the context of two different post-colonial Sinophone communities and consider their choreography within the complex web of international arts festival circuits. Her talk will cover related issues of cultural export/diplomacy and the political economy of arts touring.

Organized by the Institute of International Studies Interdisciplinary Faculty Program on Gender and the Transpacific World. Co-sponsorship from the Institute of International Studies; Center for Chinese Studies; Institute of East Asian Studies; and the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Visiting Lecture by guest scholar Larry Bogard

Please join us for a visiting lecture by Larry Bogad, Professor of Theater and Dance at UC Davis, for a presentation of his most recent publication, Tactical Performance: On Theory and Practice of Serious Play (Routledge 2016). Prof. Bogad will talk on the first chapter of his book with students of TDPS 26: Introduction to Performance Studies. (The reading is available by request to angela.marino@berkeley.edu).  All students and faculty are welcome to attend this open classroom lecture, made possible by the Shelley Osborne Fund for Visiting Artists. 


Larry Bogad is Professor of Theatre & Dance at UC-Davis, author, performer and founder of the Center for Creative Activism. Among his many collaborators are the Yes Men, Billionaires for Bush, and La Pocha Nostra. He is a veteran of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Laboratory and a co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. Among Bogad’s publications are: Electoral Guerilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements (Routledge 2005), which examines the work of international performance artists running for political office as a radical critique of systemic corruption in political campaigns and elections.

 

BODIES OF COLOR (TDPS WORKSHOP)

“Bodies of Color” is a TDPS Workshop (work-in-progress) presented by undergraduate Heather Brown.

Note from the creator: In Bodies of Color, I aim to create a dance piece focusing on the bodies, experiences, and struggles of people of color. The piece looks at concepts including the oversexualization of the bodies of women of color, the stereotypes and stigmas that come with being judged as a person of color, the silencing of minority voices, the will to fight back, and the creation of a community of people who will no longer allow themselves to be oppressed through separation but will gather together in all of our fights against inferiority and oppression. 

Investigative Journalism and Human Rights: Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill in Conversation with Kate Doyle ​

We regret to announce that Lydia Cacho will no longer to able to join us for this event, due to illness. The event will take place as scheduled with Jeremy Scahill in conversation with Kate Doyle.

The ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism was established in 2011 to honor all those who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War by connecting the legacy with international activist causes today. This year’s winners, Lydia Cacho (Mexican journalist, author, and human rights activist) and Jeremy Scahill (investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author), discuss their work with Kate Doyle, director of the Evidence Project at the National Security Archive.


Lydia Cacho is an award-winning Mexican journalist, author and human rights activist specialized in women and children’s rights. She has written a dozen books from poetry to fiction, nonfiction, and investigative reporting. Slavery Inc. her international best seller on sex trafficking, human slavery and child pornography has been translated into many languages. Cacho has been recognized for her international investigations of human rights violations and organized criminal networks. She has received 40 international human rights and journalism awards including the Human Rights Watch Ginetta Sagan Amnesty Award; OXFAM award; IWMF award; CNN Hero; UNESCO-Guillermo Cano freedom of expression award; the Wallemberg Medal; the Tucholsky Award; PEN Canada Award; and World Press International Hero 2010 for the International Press Institute in Vienna.

Jeremy Scahill is one of the three founding editors of The Intercept. He is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has also served as the national security correspondent for The Nation and Democracy Now! Scahill’s work has sparked several congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for Blackwater. Scahill is a producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Kate Doyle is senior analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive where she directs the Evidence Project, connecting the right to truth and access to information with human rights and justice struggles in Latin America. Since 1992, Doyle has worked with human rights organizations, truth commissions and prosecutors to obtain government records from secret archives that shed light on state violence. In 2012, Doyle was awarded the ALBA/ Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism, which she shared with Fredy Peccerelli of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala.

 

 

EXPLORATION OF FORMS MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: FORM NO FORM WITH SHINICHI IOVA-KOGA

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public  per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

Through the repetition of form, we train our bodies to achieve balance, internal and external connectivity and precision. Is your end goal a picture, a form? Does the unknown have a place in your dance/work?

In this workshop, various proposals and exercises are presented that both establish and disrupt physical form in order to engage the principles that lay underneath our practice. We work rigorously to disrupt and embrace habits, and use physical puzzles, deep listening and engaged physical conversations to promote attentive listening.


Shinichi Iova-Koga is the Artistic Director and founder of the San Francisco-based performance company inkBoat, where he creates opportunities for collaboration and sharing information amongst diverse artists. The company has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, often collaborating with local artists. Shinichi is a certified teacher of Action Theater. His current practice includes Noguchi Taiso, Qi Gong, Noh Theater, Shakuhachi and Aikido, and his mentors include Anna Halprin (Dance Maker), Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater) and Ralph Lemon (Dance Maker). Shinichi was named one of “25 to Watch” in 2008 by Dance Magazine and awarded a “Goldie” by the SF Bay Guardian.

EXPLORATION OF FORMS MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: SINGING BODY WORKSHOP WITH DOHEE LEE

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public  per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

 

Through breath and rhythm, we tune our body instrument and free our voices to explore sounds, songs and movement.

This workshop expands participants’ vocabularies with feelings, energies, memories and stories to create new art. Explore sound through Dohee Lee’s expansive range of vocal techniques to create a mystical and universal language. Learn ways to find your own powerful voice, reveal your personal viewpoint and develop your own vocabulary and creativity.

This workshop is open to all different levels of ability. Participants should wear comfortable clothes. Please bring your own journal.


Dohee Lee was born on Jeju Island in South Korea. After training in the rituals of Korean dance, Korean percussion, and vocals rooted in Shamanism, Dohee’s current work focuses on integrating these traditional ritual forms with contemporary elements. Her works emphasize the mythical, experimental, ritualistic, theatrical, historical and healing aspects of music, dance and installation, sharing thoughts and ideas on vital issues such as identity, politics, nature and spirituality. Some of Dohee’s recent awards include the Doris Duke Impact Award, a Creative Capital Award and the Herb Alpert Award. She has performed and collaborated with Anna Halprin, Kronos Quartet, inkBoat, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Sherwood Chen, Other Minds, ETHEL, Larry Ochs, Scott Amendola, and many others

EXPLORATION OF FORMS MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: AFRO-URBAN DANCE ELEMENTS WITH NKEI ORUCHE

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public  per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

Open to all body types, genders, and dance experience levels, this workshop explores elements of Afro-Urban Dance (basic technique, choreography, line dance, partnering, soloing + freestyle) using popular and high-energy genres from the African Diaspora, including Afrobeats, Azonto, Coupe Decale, Kuduro and more.

“Afro-Urban” describes the various contributions of dance, music, culture, art, and expressions by people of African heritage in urban settings, including Afrobeat (Nigeria), Azonto (Ghana), Breaking/Popping (USA), Coupé Décalé  (Ivory Coast), Dancehall (Jamaica), Jazz/Tap/Swing (USA), House (UK), Kizomba/Semba (Angola), Kompa (Haiti), Ndombolo (Congo), Merengue (Dominican Republic), Rumba/Rueda (Cuba), Afro-Samba (Brazil), and countless more.


Nkei Oruche is a dancer, musician, performer and educator specializing in street dance and music styles from Africa and her Diaspora. Her passion for the performing arts, social justice and community building have found her working with Amara Tabor-Smith, Loco Bloco, Dance Mission Theater, the Oakland Museum of California, Our Family Coalition, Youth Speaks, the Brass Liberation Orchestra and a host of change-making entities, including Afro Urban Society, which works to foster and preserve the resiliency, interconnection and existence of people of African descent in
global urban settings through art performance and social engagement. She is also a Co-Founder and Facilitator of BoomShake, a multicultural music and dance program for all ages.

Exploration of Forms Movement Workshop: MOTHER TONGUE WORKSHOP WITH KARA DAVIS

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series (4 Sundays)
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public  per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

Mother Tongue refers to the multiple ways a human body can sense and express itself outside the linguistic, religious, gendered, and cultural tyrannies one inherits at birth.

This improvisation workshop will begin with warm-up exercises intended to heighten one’s creative impulses, physical intelligence, and energetic connection with the other participants. Following the warmup, participants will engage in structured improvisation exercises designed to enhance consensus in the compositional decision making process. Attendees will be given tools to disrupt habitual tendencies, allow new creativity to emerge, and deepen creative connectivity with one another.


Kara Davis danced for Atlanta Ballet and Ohio Ballet, is a founding member of KUNST-STOFF and Janice Garrett & Dancers, co-founded project agora with Bliss Kohlmyer in 2006, and has received multiple Isadora Duncan awards and nominations for her choreography and dancing. Her work has been presented at Bates Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ACDA Nationals (Kennedy Center), YBCA, SF MOMA, SF International Arts Festival, California Theater, and Arizona State University. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mills College and has taught and choreographed at LINES Dominican University and Training Program since 2005.

Auditions for the Fall Choreography Showcase

Join our dance community! TDPS is looking to cast dancers for the TDPS Fall Choreography Showcase: Solos + Duets.
This showcase features choreography by TDPS students, and is directed by acclaimed choreographer and TDPS Professor Joe Goode.

Please come to the audition ready to move!

To be cast, dancers must be able to commit to rehearsals on Thursdays from 2-4 PM.
Dancers will enroll in Theater 146A for 1 credit.
Performances are December 8 and 9, 2016 and are open to the public. There will be two performances each night, one at 5:00 PM and one at 8:00 PM; it will be decided at a later point which dances go on which program.

New Play Reading Series: “The Bottom of Heaven” by A-lan Holt

In the basement of a residential high-rise two strangers find themselves alone in a makeshift bedroom. They lay on top a mattress and dream together; while dreaming they begin to hallucinate; while hallucinating they soon fall in love. All of this happens while a party rages on in the room above them. Part love story, part lullaby to today’s youth generation, “The Bottom of Heaven” follows Blue and Eunice’s first and final night together.

Join us for a reading of the play The Bottom of Heaven by A-lan Holt, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Presented in partnership with the Townsend Center Contemporary Drama Working Group.


A-lan Holt is currently artist-in-residence at the Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts. She is a dramatist and mother, who imagines and manifests entire worlds on stage for close intimate audiences. The landscapes of her written work root themselves in themes of loneliness, love, and utopian desires. A-lan is the youngest writer to be awarded a two-year residency at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City. Her plays and performances have been presented around the US and internationally in Kampala, Uganda (National Theatre of Uganda). Plays include The Bottom (developed starring Lupita N’yongo) and 8ball (Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Award, George Fredrickson Prize at Stanford). In 2015, A-lan readies her first collection of poetry: Essences, published by The Perch Chicago, and her first short film: Inamorata, produced by True MVMNT film house. A-lan is a 2011 Stanford Graduate (IDA/CSRE). Please find her online at a-lan.me.

The Contemporary Drama Working Group brings outstanding new and in-progress work by up-and-coming and established playwrights to the UC Berkeley campus. In the monthly New Play Reading Series, new plays are read by TDPS students, followed by a discussion with the playwright.

New Play Reading Series: “ANOTHER WORLD” by Martha Herrera-Lasso

A train somewhere near the coast. Bosco and Nico meet for the first time. They talk, as one does with a stranger, while the places they come from and the places they are going to haunt them from the other car trains.

Join us for a reading of the play Another World by Martha Herrera-Lasso, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Presented in partnership with the Townsend Center Contemporary Drama Working Group.


Martha Herrera-Lasso is a PhD student in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. She has worked as a writer and developer for theatre and television in Mexico and Canada, and is currently the co-director of the New Play Reading Series at UC Berkeley. She is concerned with the practical and theoretical implications of bi and tri-national theater collaborations amongst Mexico, Canada and the United States, read through the politics of linguistic, cultural and aesthetic translation.

The Contemporary Drama Working Group brings outstanding new and in-progress work by up-and-coming and established playwrights to the UC Berkeley campus. In the monthly New Play Reading Series, new plays are read by TDPS students, followed by a discussion with the playwright.

 

 

 

New Play Reading Series: A Work by Thea Gold

Join us for a reading of a play in development by Thea Gold, followed by a discussion with the playwright. Presented in partnership with the Townsend Center Contemporary Drama Working Group.


Thea Gold is a graduate student in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. She works in the fields of religion, queer studies, music and disability studies.

The Contemporary Drama Working Group brings outstanding new and in-progress work by up-and-coming and established playwrights to the UC Berkeley campus. In the monthly New Play Reading Series, new plays are read by TDPS students, followed by a discussion with the playwright.

 

Love and Pride

Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: $10. ID required.
General Admission: $15


Written and Directed by TDPS student Sy Bocalbos Jordan
Co-Directed by Lila Mullins
March 16-19 // Zellerbach Room 7 //

The UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies presents LOVE AND PRIDE, a new musical by TDPS student Sy Bocalbos Jordan that addresses identity, gender and dialogue.
 
The characters in LOVE AND PRIDE identify with a variety of points along the spectrums of gender and sexuality and the musical, featuring a score of original electronic music, explores the conflicts that arise within themselves and their relationships due to those identities. As they decide how to express (or conceal) themselves, characters navigate situations like coming out, transitioning, job discrimination and homelessness, while striving to find their inner truth and love others for who they truly are.