In partnership with the Cal Performances Department of Artistic Literacy, we’re thrilled to announce a trio of special immersive experiences for Berkeley instructors. These programs are designed for faculty from all disciplines to engage in a performing arts experience and facilitated conversation to deepen understanding of the subject matter, draw connections between different academic fields, and discuss pedagogical potential and implications.
Our first event, on Sunday, March 3, will feature Akram Khan’s XENOS, a solo retelling of the myth of Prometheus from the perspective of an Indian soldier recruited to fight in World War I. Faculty attendees will receive complimentary tickets to the 5 p.m. performance (at Zellerbach Hall) and join us afterward for an interdisciplinary workshop and conversation about the forms of teaching and learning that could be developed around their audience experience.
Note: We will be focusing especially on connections between the performance and Berkeley’s American Cultures curriculum. Priority attendance at this first event will be given to American Cultures faculty.
On Friday, March 22, we will host a second event featuring acclaimed Toronto-based performers Quote Unquote Collective as they bring their new two-woman show Mouthpiece to the Zellerbach Playhouse. This time, our workshop and conversation will bookend the 8 p.m. show and raise new possibilities for the role of the performing arts in contemporary teaching about gender and feminism.
Finally, on April 7, we will conclude our series with an event featuring Sō Percussion, a contemporary percussion quartet that thrives on reimagining percussive sound and the potential for music to produce new forms of collaboration and community. For this workshop and conversation (bookending the 7 p.m. performance at Hertz Hall), we will be focused especially on connections between the performing arts and STEM teaching. We strongly encourage attendance from faculty interested in the current national conversation around the integration of the sciences and the humanities!
Please RSVP for one or more programs using this Google form (Berkeley e-mail address required, spaces reserved for active instructors of record, one per person per performance).