Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

02/22/2020

Cirque Ã%loize: Hotel

A pioneer of contemporary circus arts, Cirque Ã%loize delivers uproarious comedy through a mix of acrobatics, aerial routines, and live music. In their newest show, Hotel, set in an elegant Art Deco lobby, a cast of captivating characters-from a juggling janitor to a hapless tightrope-walking bellhop to a starlet flying through the air on a trapeze swing-takes viewers through the unexpected encounters that fuel every memorable traveler's tale.

Feb 22, 2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Hall

Black Life: Stephanie Hewett *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Choreographer and movement artist Stephanie Hewett presents (E)cho Queue, a performance that aims to reclaim the inextricable connection between techno music and black life. In response to Jenn Nkiru's documentary Black to Techno, Hewett reinforces the inherently Black American nature of this invention by examining its true origins and locating its syncopated, complicated, and paradoxical rhythms in the black, dancing body.

Stephanie Hewett is a choreographer, movement researcher, performer, and teacher from the Bronx, New York (Lenape territory). She holds an MFA in dance from Mills College, and has held residencies at Counterpulse and the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Her current research entails navigating performance through injury, pleasure frequencies, Detroit techno, dance-floor exorcisms, and excavating ancestral vestiges in the body. She is a collaborator/member of Lxs Dxs, a queer performance collective making messes in the Bay, LA, and abroad.

Feb 22, 4pm to 5pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Oscar López Rivera - Lessons from Puerto Rico, the Diaspora, and Internationally

Pre-Event Reception: 4pm-5pm
Main Event: Doors open at 5pm / Event begins at 5:30pm
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020 AT 5PM!
$15 in Advance / $20 at the Door / $40 Reception (includes light refreshments, intimate book signing and admission to the main event at 5:30pm)

Presented by: La Peña Cultural Center, Bay Area Boricuas, Boricuas in Berkeley, and Alt Breaks Puerto Rico
Join us for an evening of tribute, music and conversation with Puerto Rican patriot and visionary, Oscar López Rivera. This event is part of a national U.S. speaking tour titled "Oscar López Rivera-Two Years Later: Resistance and Resilience".
Two years after his release as a political prisoner for 36 years, Oscar López Rivera is returning to the Bay Area to share his current work in Puerto Rico post hurricanes Irma and Maria, and against a backdrop of a series of earthquakes that have stricken the island over the last few weeks.
Since his release in 2017, he founded the Oscar López Rivera Foundation, Libertá, through which he has been leading efforts to strengthen grassroots community organizing, demanding the auditing and cancelation of the island's debt and advocating for the Puerto Rico's sovereignty.
Pre-event Reception: 4pm-5pm
Tickets are $40 with light refreshments and intimate book signing and includes admission to the main event at 5:30pm. Please note: SPACE IS VERY LIMITED.
Main Event: 5:30pm-7:45pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 Door / $15 Students and Seniors at Door
Featuring a talk, Q&A session and book signing with Oscar López Rivera, and honoring of Mr. López Rivera with music and dance by the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop, poetry by Rico Pabon and more.
Oscar López Rivera Biography:
Serving 36 years in prison, Oscar López Rivera is the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico's struggle for independence, regarded as the "Nelson Mandela of the Americas." In 2017, as the result of a broad human rights campaign, Pres. Obama commuted his sentence only days before leaving office.
Since then, he has continued to energetically advocate an end to U.S. colonialism, and resumed his role as an organizer, deepening his relationship to the municipalities of Loiza and Comerio and working to establish a community center in Rio Piedras, from which to train organizers to develop the capacity for community self-reliance, mutual aid, and self-governance.
Of particular interest for Oscar on this Northwest US tour, is to educate students, academics, and communities about the campaign to audit Puerto Rico's $74 billion debt.

Feb 22, 5:30pm to 7:45pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Cirque Ã%loize: Hotel

A pioneer of contemporary circus arts, Cirque Ã%loize delivers uproarious comedy through a mix of acrobatics, aerial routines, and live music. In their newest show, Hotel, set in an elegant Art Deco lobby, a cast of captivating characters-from a juggling janitor to a hapless tightrope-walking bellhop to a starlet flying through the air on a trapeze swing-takes viewers through the unexpected encounters that fuel every memorable traveler's tale.

Feb 22, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Lisa Wymore\
Eden Cayabyab, Joyce Chan, Erik Lee, Michelle Lin, Latanya d. Tigner, Namrata Subramanian and Mitali Yadav, Lisa Wymore

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?

The program features new pieces created by Bay Area choreographers Lisa Wymore, Latanya Tigner, and Erik Lee, as well as pieces created by emerging student choreographers and campus dance groups.

<b>Performances:</b>

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8 p.m. *
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8 p.m.

<b>* Accessibility:</b>

Wheelchair accessible spaces and assistive listening devices are available for all performances. Live audio description, a pre-show haptic access tour, and ASL interpretation will be provided for the performance on Saturday, February 22. Please reserve an audio headset, an access tour, or other access services by completing this form.

<b>Program:</b>

<em>East and West: The Fusion of 2 Cultures</em>
by Namrata Subramanian & Mitali Yadav (Maya at Cal)

<em>Com. De/vices</em>
by Erik Lee

<em>Aftershocks</em>
by Joyce Chan

<em>Cycle</em> (audio described dance)
by Lisa Wymore

<em>Equinox</em>
by Michelle Lin (Fei Tian Dancers)

<em>Metamorphosis</em>
by Eden Cayabyab

<em>United in Belonging</em>
by Latanya d. Tigner

Feb 22, 8pm to 9:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra *Note: actual end time may vary.*

David Milnes, Music Director

Debussy - Jeux
Gershwin - An American in Paris
Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their musical talents, while at the same time presenting outstanding musical programs to the campus and wider Bay Area communities. Past conductors have included Modeste Alloo, Albert Elkus, Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Michael Senturia, and Jung Ho-Pak. David Milnes, who is also Music Director for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, has served as the University Symphony Orchestra's Music Director since 1996. Rehearsing and performing works of faculty and graduate student composers has long been a core mission for the orchestra; the Symphony's program regularly feature the world premiere of a major new work by a Berkeley composer. In addition, the orchestra has premiered several works of established composers. The University Symphony Orchestra now performs several evening and noon concerts each semester, supports a chamber orchestra, and continues during the summer months as the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony. An annual concerto competition results in concerto performances by the orchestra's leading soloists, and regular coaching for each section are given by a number of Bay Area professional musicians.

Feb 22, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall