CAL PERFORMANCES’ FIRST STAGE FOR FAMILIES SERIES FEATURES MUSIC, THEATER AND CIRCUS ARTS IN WHEELER AUDITORIUM AT 11:00 A.M. AND 3:00 P.M. ON SUNDAYS

Special hour long events are created for children and their grown ups


The First Stage for Families series kicks off on Sunday, November 4 with the Dell’ Arte Company in Wheeler Auditorium with two performances at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A company of seven actors combine theater, music and acrobatics in a new production titled The Fish in My Head directed and designed by Ronlin Foreman.  Featuring the untold stories that swirl about in our dreams, the ensemble will use a blend of mask, circus skills, stilt-walking, physical comedy and songs to transform the stage into a realm of imagination full of fantasy.  Originally founded in 1971 by Carlo Mazzone-Clementi and Jane Hill, Dell’ Arte was created to bring the European physical training tradition to the United States and, in particular, to Blue Lake, California, where the troupe is still located. The company has created award-wining original works that tour nationally and internationally. “The spirit and originality of this company is ultimately irresistible” (Variety).

Next up in the series are double-bill performances by ensembles led by Kaila Flexer: Oakland Folkharmonic and Teslim on Sunday, February 24. The Oakland Folkharmonic is a five-piece string band that includes fellow fiddler Shira Kammen. Flexer will also perform with long-time collaborator Gari Hegedus, a multi-instrumentalist and the other half of Flexer’s “exotic … spellbinding” (Billboard) duo, as Teslim. Known for her work in various folk traditions from around the world, including Jewish klezmer music and Turkish folk music, Flexer’s concerts will showcase her ensembles’ eclectic repertoire, ranging from traditional modal music of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East to medieval music to original compositions by Flexer, Kammen, Hegedus and Ross Daly.

The series concludes with two performances by four-time Grammy-nominated duo, Trout Fishing in America, on Sunday, April 14. “Embody[ing] a kind of goofball gestalt at odds with the sugary-sweet format of so much other music for the younger crowd” (The New York Times), bassist Keith Grimwood and guitarist Ezra Idlet create an broad mix of folk and rock music that is family-friendly.

TICKET INFORMATION
First Stage for Families series features two Sunday one-hour performances by each company at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Wheeler Hall. Tickets are priced modestly at $10.00 for children and $20.00 for adults.  Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at www.calperformances.org; and at the door.  For more information visit http://calperformances.org/performances/2012-13/first-stage/

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Cal Performances thanks Wells Fargo and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their major support of the season.
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