Backstage at Le Temple de la Gloire, a master of wigs

When wig master Mazena Puksto got the call that she landed a gig on the modern-day world premiere of Rameau’s 1745 opera-ballet Le Temple de la Gloire (The Temple of Glory), she snapped into action. She usually works on commercials and films, and period theater performances like this one offer a special challenge.

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Cal Performances announces 2017-18 season

Appearances by Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony; the Joffrey Ballet; France’s Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; and the return of Gustavo Dudamel and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela are among the highlights of Cal Performances’ 2017-18 season, announced earlier this week by executive and artistic director Matías Tarnopolsky.

With Earth Day approaching, student dancers will take the stage to explore how humans interact with each other and the natural world in Berkeley Dance Project 2017, the last show of the season by the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Welcome to the New Arts + Design Initiative Website

Welcome to the new Arts + Design Initiative Website


“Well, Berkeley isn’t exactly known for being an artistic university.”

ARC Fellows: Populism, Performance, and the Formation of Economic Subjects

Over the last few years, we have witnessed xenophobic, nationalist and autocratic regimes ascend to power in many parts of the world, with the exuberant support of large portions of their citizenries.

By the end of the performance, the stage of Zellerbach Playhouse was strewn with costumes, toys, and vegetables. Five white squares that had served as platforms and pedestals for dancing were empty. The microphones the performers used to address us, to sing, and to provoke “historical impossibilities” lay silent on a table.

In a dark play of love, addiction and abuse, student actors take the stage to tell the harrowing tales of youth living on the streets in Polaroid Stories, the latest piece by Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.

Dancing in drag, Trocks toe line between mastery, mockery

Dressing like a ballerina doesn’t make you one. But it does make it easier to play the part. That’s what the all-male drag ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo have been doing since they first relevéd on stage in 1974, showing the world that ballet can be fun — even absurd — and still compete with the best.

Front Row breaks barriers to performing arts for young millennials

Grace Asia Lee, 19, often begs her UC Berkeley friends to join her for a play, a concert or the ballet. But so far, the answer’s been no.