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BAMPFA Features William Kentridge in November

The University of California, Berkeley and Cal Performances announce a campus-wide residency with world-renowned, multi-disciplinary artist William Kentridge taking place over the course of the 2022–23 academic year.

This includes  a visually illustrated lecture in which he will consider provocations and processes in the making of the chamber opera Waiting for the Sibyl (2019), as well as his multifaceted artistic practice and the role and meaning of art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).

Featuring one of the most respected artists of our time, this residency will provide the UC Berkeley campus and wider Bay Area community the rare opportunity to engage directly with Kentridge and his artistry via lectures, performances, and events showcasing the breadth and depth of his creative output.

For the residency, Kentridge will make two visits to the Berkeley campus, one in November 2022 and one in March 2023.

Residency events include a classroom conversation; a visual lecture entitled To What End; a live hour-long performance of the Dadaist poem Ursonate; a retrospective of Kentridge’s films; the US premiere of the artist’s musical and theatrical work, SIBYL, as part of Cal Performances’ season-long Illuminations programming; and a gala celebration.

The residency will be produced and presented by Cal Performances, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Most of the residency events are open to the public, some with limited availability. Tickets and/or registration may be required. More information about tickets and individual events can be found at