“Each season, Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers a series of classes & workshops in both music and dance at our banjar community center and studio. Master Balinese artists-in-residence and senior company members utilize traditional Balinese hands-on teaching methods. Bali’s core values of balance, harmony, and interdependence are evident in both music, dance, and theater, and in their close coordination. See what’s in store for this season!!”
Classes offered: Beginning Gamelan Workshop: Angklung, Gamelan Bamboo Jegog Class, Balinese Dance Classes , Bali Kids, Gamelan Gong Kebyar Class
- WHERE: GSJ’s Banjar (Community Center)
3023 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
- WHEN: Jan-May 2012
- HOW MUCH: $65-$95 (some offer drop ins)
- MORE INFO: http://gsj.org/classes
“This will be a personal report back on the unique 2011 India Women, Food Security and Climate Change Training, which is a collaboration of WEA and our Indian partner, Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group. We will shine the light on real heroines of our time, who are striving in the face of climate change by ecologically managing their farms and natural resources, asserting their rights as farmers and building the leadership of other rural women.
*Featuring Buddhist scholar and teacher Joanna Macy.
*Listen to personal stories and accounts of how women farmers truly hold the key to food and economic security in communities across India
*Enjoy savory Indian snacks and live classical Indian music.”
Celebrate history with live music, special guest speakers Evelyn Luluquisen, Luisa Penaranda, Ellie Luis, and Vangie Canonizado Buell, free food and more! Presented by FAHNS, MCC, and PAA.
A symposium in conjunction with the premier of Philip Kan Gotanda’s play I Dream of Chang and Eng in the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Perormance Studies that uses the story of Chang and Eng Bunker—the original
“Siamese twins”—as a starting-point to explore issues of race, disability, and popular performance in the United States in the 19th century.
Philip Kan Gotanda’s newest play about the original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker.
“Arguably the first Asian-American superstars, Chang and Eng were born in Siam and spent their early lives as a touring “freak” exhibition. Charismatic and canny, they bought out their contract and toured themselves around the world, advising the king of Siam and carousing with the English aristocracy before settling down on a Southern plantation, marrying sisters and fathering 21 children between them. Gotanda’s script illuminates the Bunker brothers’ extraordinary saga, showing their keen business sense, indomitable spirit, and the touching relationship between the two brothers, making I Dream of Chang and Eng a powerful and moving portrait.”
WHERE: Zellerbach Playhouse
WHEN: March 4-13, 2011, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
HOW MUCH: $10 students, $15 general
MORE INFO: https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?theatre=tdps
It’s going to be a great show. I can tell you that firsthand. Highly, highly recommend you go see it. And I’m not just being biased because I’m assistant to the playwright. =)
Weaving Local Stories into Epic Theatre: On “The Village” and the Preservation of Collective Memory.
“The Village” (Chinese Baodao Yicun) is one of the most celebrated plays of the recent Chinese Theatre. Writer-Director Stan Lai will be on campus to talk about the unique process he used to create this work, weaving personal stories and using improvisation as a creative tool. In a changing national and cultural context, he will also discuss the role of theatre, film and other cultural forms as vehicles for preserving fragile collective memories. Stan Lai is a unique cultural figure in the modern history of Taiwan, lauded by many as the father of modern Taiwanese theater. He is also a key player in and commentator upon the current “cultural turn” of contemporary China.
Performance groups representing cultures from all over the world have 10 minute auditions for the chance to perform at the SF ethnic dance festival. Tickets cost $10 and you get in-and-out privileges all day.
- WHERE: Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
- WHEN: Jan. 8-9 and 15-16, hours vary–mostly between 10am-7pm
- HOW MUCH: $10/day, free for children 12 and under
- MORE INFO: http://www.worldartswest.org/main/tickets.asp; for a schedule of the dance companies click here
A staged reading of Philip Kan Gotanda’s latest play, “I Dream of Chang and Eng,” based on the original Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker.
I’m reading stage directions for it! 😉 So I actually have a sizable amount of lines, surprisingly.
Asian American student theater group at Berkeley (that I was in for 2.5 years!) They’re giving a portion of the proceeds to COMPASS, Committee for Philippine Studies, and it’ll go directly to maintaining Philippine Studies and Filipino language at UC Berkeley!
- WHERE: Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley
- WHEN: Fri-Sat, 11/12-11/13, 7:30 p.m
- HOW MUCH: $5 presale, $7 door
- MORE INFO: theatrerice.com