Spring 2018 Student Showcases

Experience the creative accomplishments and original research of Berkeley’s talented students in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Film, Media, and Design.

‘4.48 Psychosis’ offers scream of honesty into hollow space at BAMPFA

Often in art and theater, performers and artists reach within themselves to present their audiences with a picture of aestheticized pain.

Dreamer and more: Cal Performances shows off its new season

Cal Performances offered a preview of its upcoming season Tuesday, extending its usual impressive variety of artists, live art forms and venues with an emphasis on themes reverberating across the campus and the country: citizenship/home and equal rights/women.

An Interview with Creative Alum Eric McDougall

We caught up with Eric McDougall in anticipation of his Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA talk on Monday, April 23, 6:30pm to ask him about his creative and diverse experience as a student at UC Berkeley, design, art, and life.

Gotanda’s ‘Dream of Kitamura’ redux

The UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performances Studies is staging The Dream of Kitamura, award-winning playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s early imagining of what theater might resemble for a young Asian American artist.

Alvin Ailey and Cal Performances celebrate 50 years of inclusion, dance

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, or AAADT, was founded in 1958, on the cusp of the Civil Rights Movement. Its mission? To develop a community of creation — performance art that unites people of all races, ages, and backgrounds through African American heritage and that of other cultures.

For Cal Performances, it’s hard to remember a time without the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The dance company first leapt onto the Zellerbach stage at UC Berkeley in 1968, and has been back every year since to perform a weeklong repertoire, lead workshops and participate in public forums on the campus.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Cal Celebrate 50 Years Together

When the Alvin Ailey dancers are in the house, Zellerbach can feel more like a church than a theater. When the doors open, the audience members file in like parishioners. Some are regulars, while others are first timers, but when the curtain comes up it doesn’t matter.

LIVVIA balances being Berkeley student, rising stardom

Olivia Christensen is just your average UC Berkeley senior. She loves Harry Potter, suffers through economics midterms and listens to Coldplay casually.

University of California Men’s Octet doo-wops its way to championship

There’s an old A. B. Chase piano in practice room A of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, where Berkeley’s premier performance groups and musical ensembles convene to forget their meticulous obsessions over GPAs and focus instead on beautifully arranged melodies and steps.