Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Noon Concert: Gospel Choir *Note: actual end time may vary.*

D. Mark Wilson, director

"Troubled No More" - As springtime slowly approaches, join us for an afternoon of gospel music and sacred sounds from African American spirituals, bringing sunlight to "troubles of the world"

Commencing its 67th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Mar 13, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

To the Academy: A Lecture-Demonstration by Third Space Performance Lab

Shanti Pillai\
Marc Gomes, Third Space Performance Lab

Two performers of unusual talents rehearse how they will delight and confound a group of earnest scholars. Intent on conjuring the colonial object of inquiry who refuses to cooperate and the privileged angst of the postcolonial, diasporic intellectual, the performers grapple-literally-with the gendered, raced, and sexual assumptions that construct knowledge. Multiple performance codes intersect and collide with Kafka's "A Report for an Academy" and the <em>Natyashastra</em> as the collaborators slip and slide across the boundaries of theatre and "reality."

<b>Third Space Performance Lab</b> is a collaborative project between Indo-American dancer-performer Shanti Pillai and Guyanese-Canadian actor Marc Gomes. We come from different theatrical backgrounds and together stake our claim for the overwhelming importance of humor and beauty. Our base is Los Angeles.

Our work lives between experimental performance, installation, and popular media. We instigate questions of gender, nationality, and hybridity through images of ethnic ambiguity and by juxtaposing unexpected points of cultural reference. We blur the boundaries between performance and audience and play with the distinctions between actor and character. Our bodies are the central focus of what we do and speak in multiple theatrical languages. We draw from Brecht, Grotowski, hatha yoga, Schechner's Rasaboxes, and Stanislavski. Our own writing mingles with texts from others. Embodying theoretical discourse is an integral part of our process. We are informed by scholarship and in turn, our performances seek both to delight and to provoke reflection.

<b>Shanti Pillai</b> is an artist, scholar, and writer. She is a bharatanatyam dancer trained by the great T. Balasaraswati's two senior disciples, Nandini Ramani of Chennai and Priyamvada Sankar of Montreal. She performed with the Frente de Danza Independiente in Ecuador from 1991-1994, and worked for extensive periods in Cuba from 2006-2014, collaborating with dancers and actors and creating and performing in original works, including a multicultural version of Shakuntala. Her writing has appeared in The Drama Review, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, Women and Performance, the Dance Research Journal, Trialog, and the blog of the Michigan Quarterly. In 2017 she received a Fulbright Research Award for her project about women artists' contributions to contemporary performance in India across the genres of theater, dance, digital media, and performance art. Shanti holds a BA in Anthropology and International Relations from Stanford University (1989), an MA in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley (1990), and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University (2005). She is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at California State University at Long Beach, USA.

<b>Marc Gomes</b> is an actor, writer, and teacher. He has acted in notable Canadian productions of As You Like It, A Slow Dance On the Killing Ground, Edmond, A Taste of Honey, The Gayden Chronicles, Sweet like Suga and the North American premiere of Ryszard Kapuscinski's The Emperor. He has starred in several television series including, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven; Sue Thomas: FBeye; Commander in Chief; and Lightning Force. In 2009 he was awarded a UNIDO Cinematic & Entrepreneurial Motivation Award for his screenplay adaptation of the Caribbean classic, Corentyne Thunder by Edgar Mittelholzer. He holds an MFA in Acting Pedagogy from California State University at Long Beach. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at Ithaca College, USA.

Mar 13, 5:30pm to 7pm, Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Aditi Machado *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Aditi Machado\
Lindsay Choi

The Holloway Series in Poetry presents a reading by Aditi Machado, with an introductory reading by Lindsay Choi.

Mar 13, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 315, Maude Fife room Wheeler Hall