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2022-23 In-Person School Matinees
 

We are so happy to be able to return to in-person school matinees for the 2022-23 season! We are taking a cautious approach to returning, with our first live school matinee beginning in January 2023. There will be four in-person school matinees, running between January and May 2023. And what shows they are:  Taiko Drumming! Amazing Dancing! Alaska’s most famous dog! The exciting dances of Mexico!

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 6.

I can’t wait to see you in the theater!

Ruth Rosenberg
Mondavi Center Director of Arts Education and Artist Engagement

 

Calidanza Dance Company

Monday, January 23, 2023 • 11:00am

Calidanza female dances in a colorful, traditional Mexican dress

  • Location: Jackson Hall
  • Recommended Grades: TK-6
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • California Arts Standards:
    Responding—Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and Analyze Artistic Work; Anchor Standard 9: Apply Criteria to Evaluate Artistic Work

    Connecting—Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and Relate Knowledge and Personal Experiences to Make Art; Anchor Standard 11: Relate Artistic Ideas and Works with Societal, Cultural, and Historical Context to Deepen Understanding
     
  • About the Event:

Calidanza Dance Company invites students to experience the arts of Mexico through dance and music. The Company brings a fresh look at dances from Sinaloa, Jalisco, Michoacán, and other regions of Mexico, each region with its own distinctive look, sound, and style. Calidanza performances are a blend of beloved traditions, exciting dance with contemporary touches, lively music vivid costuming and an infusion of high spirits. Founded a decade ago, Calidanza is active in arts education and public performance in the West Coast. Artistic Director Steven Valencia is a shining star in the world of Ballet Folklorico in the U.S and the Mexican-American arts community, and a recipient of the Maestro Award, awarded by the California Arts Council and the Latino Arts Network of California to a singular individual who is a master of cultural practice in the arts and a leader in the community.

 

 

Yamato: Hinotori: The Wings of Phoenix

Monday, February 27, 2023 • 11:00am

Yamato

  • Location: Jackson Hall
  • Recommended Grades: TK-12
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • California Arts Standards:
    Responding—Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and Analyze Artistic Work; Standard 8: Interpret Intent and Meaning in Artistic Work; Anchor Standard 9: Apply Criteria to Evaluate Artistic Work

    Connecting—Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and Relate Knowledge and Personal Experiences to Make Art; Anchor Standard 11: Relate Artistic Ideas and Works with Societal, Cultural, and Historical Context to Deepen Understanding

  • About the Event:

Yamato, one of the premiere Taiko ensembles in Japan, is celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a new production Hinotori: The Wings of Phoenix. The Wings of Phoenix recognizes the incredible challenges we have faced and, as dawn begins to break in the world, we climb new mountains with determination and confidence. This new show captures all of Yamato’s virtuosity, strength, spirit and sheer endurance. Yamato has given over 3500 performances in 54 countries, bringing their spirit, enthusiasm and abundant joy to over 8 million fans, young and old. 


 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 • 11:00am

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

  • Location: Jackson Hall
  • Recommended Grades: 3-12
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • California Arts Standards:

    Responding—Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and Analyze Artistic Work; Standard 8: Interpret Intent and Meaning in Artistic Work;  Anchor Standard 9: Apply Criteria to Evaluate Artistic Work

    Connecting—Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and Relate Knowledge and Personal Experiences to Make Art; Anchor Standard 11: Relate Artistic Ideas and Works with Societal, Cultural, and Historical Context to Deepen Understanding

  • About the Event:

From the beginning, Alvin Ailey envisioned a company dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience. He became one of the trailblazers of modern dance. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world.” Under the leadership of Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to embody the legacy of its founder by celebrating artistic excellence, unbounded creativity, and the power of art to transform and engage. 


 

Theatre Heroes
Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

Monday, May 8, 2023 • 11:00am

 Call of the Wild

  • Location: Jackson Hall
  • Recommended Grades: 4-12
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • California Arts Standards:
    Responding—Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and Analyze Artistic Work; Anchor Standard 8: Interpret Intent and Meaning in Artistic Work; Anchor Standard 9: Apply Criteria to Evaluate Artistic Work

    Connecting—Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and Relate Knowledge and Personal Experiences to Make Art; Anchor Standard 11: Relate Artistic Ideas and Works with Societal, Cultural, and Historical Context to Deepen Understanding
  • About the Event:

This multi-media adventure mixes the classic storytelling of Jack London with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the history of Alaska. The stunning presentation from the acclaimed Austin, Texas-based troupe Theatre Heroes features 180-degree projections featuring classic illustrations and new drawings created by Michael Rae.

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How to Buy Tickets

Tickets are $11 for students, $15 for teachers

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Mondavi Center Ticket Office Group Sales
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8543

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Group Sales Coordinator
530.754.4658

 

What Students Can Expect

A theatre is a charged space, full of energy and anticipation. When the house lights (the lights that illuminate the audience seating) go down, the excitement level goes up!

By watching attentively, the audience shows respect for the performers. Audience members may feel like laughing if the action on stage is funny, crying if the action is sad, or sighing if something is seen or heard that is beautiful. Sometimes the audience will clap during a performance, as after a featured solo.

Applause is the best way for audience members to share their enthusiasm and to show their appreciation for the performers. Applaud at the end of a performance!

Please note that food and drinks are not permitted in the theatre during a performance.

Thank you to our Arts Education Sponsors

John & Eunice Davidson Fund

Les and Mary Stephens Dewall

MC Friends K-12 Arts Education Fund

 

Contact Us

Ruth Rosenberg
Director of Arts Education and Artist Engagement
​rrosenberg@ucdavis.edu
530.752.6113

School Matinee Ticket questions:

Group Sales Coordinator
530.754.4658

Other School Matinee questions:

Jennifer Mast
Business Services and Arts Education Coordinator
jmmast@ucdavis.edu
530.754.5431

 

Support Us

Michael D. Weagraff
Development Manager
mdweagraff@ucdavis.edu
530.752.7354