Category Archives: 2022-2023 Season

CAP UCLA’s Work on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Continues

Early on in the pandemic, as the world roiled from protests against racism and police violence, CAP UCLA, like many traditionally white-dominated cultural organizations, did some serious soul-searching. Members of CAP UCLA’s staff, in collaboration with colleagues from UCLA’s Theater Management Services, formed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee to challenge complacency and focus on issues of structural power. They’ve met regularly ever since, working on making CAP UCLA and TMS more inclusive and equitable experiences for both staff and audiences.

As the value statement the EDI committee drafted puts it, “We must empower the historically underrepresented. We must uplift excluded voices. We must resist structural racism. We will commit fiercely to our responsibility to observe, absorb, consider, contemplate, endure, share and engage in this change.”

Much of this change happens backstage, long before the audience enters a theater. But we hope that CAP UCLA’s commitment to this important work is on display in our newly announced Fall/Winter programming. For example, the trouble of even defining “we” is tackled in the new Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company choreographic piece What Problem?, which explores the work of collective redemption and the tensions of belonging. Our programming also includes a diverse array of musicians, such as Grammy Award-winning artists Antonio Sánchez and Cécile McLorin Salvant. We are dedicated to presenting artistic performance that reflects the global, evolving nature of our city.

In a few days it will be Juneteenth, a celebration of the legal emancipation of enslaved Black Americans at the end of the Civil War. But that victory was only a partial one, and the lingering incompleteness of Reconstruction still haunts American politics and society. CAP UCLA hopes that the programs we present and the work that we do can contribute, in some small way, to this long overdue process of social healing.

A Sampling of CAP UCLA’s Upcoming Season

Now that CAP UCLA has returned to in-person programming, in our coming season we’ll be celebrating live performance with new work by some of the most dynamic artists of our time. Below is a sampling of our Fall/Winter season, which will be announced in full on June 8.

Dance aficionados won’t want to miss the U.S. premiere of Mellizo Doble by experimental flamenco artist Israel Galván, a collaboration with singer/guitarist Niño de Elche.  Galván recodifies the physical language of flamenco, incorporating a multiplicity of influences in order to break out of the accumulated sediment of tradition. He will be familiar to longtime CAP UCLA audiences from our streaming channel — we’re excited to have him join us in person! 

Of course, there will be plenty of music in our new season, including three-time Grammy winner and MacArthur Fellowship Award recipient Cécile McLorin Salvant, a composer, singer and visual artist who unearths the connections between vaudeville, blues, theater, jazz, and baroque music. Additionally, we’ll be honoring Royce Hall’s long history of hosting iconic jazz musicians when our stage is graced by the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to several other Fall/Winter performances, we’re opening a new venue, the UCLA Nimoy Theater, early next year, and will be presenting a large slate of amazing shows, including Kronos Quartet performing the music from their mammoth 50 for the Future project in its entirety. The Nimoy will open with 32 Sounds, an immersive documentary and profound sensory experience from filmmaker Sam Green, which explores the elemental phenomenon of sound. This special screening will feature live narration by Green and original music performed live by JD Samson of Le Tigre.

Public tickets will go on sale on June 21. Subscribers to our enews will get early access to tickets, on June 17. If you’d like access even earlier, consider becoming a member

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of CAP UCLA’s future. In whatever capacity you are able, we hope you’ll join us in the season to come.