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The WACD Mission Statement

World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Mission Statement

09/29/14

Defined by a dynamic blend of theory and practice, World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) is led by a renowned faculty of scholars, activists, curators, filmmakers, and choreographers dedicated to critical cross-cultural analysis and art-making. Our department is the place to make dances, explore digital media, curate exhibitions, become an arts activist, and develop scholarly expertise in culture and the arts. We draw upon multiple disciplines and artistic approaches while encouraging students to position their work within broad social contexts.

In our World Arts and Cultures BA, we emphasize arts activism, visual cultures, and critical ethnographies. The Dance BA integrates composition, training, and improvisation, while challenging students to locate dance politically, culturally, and historically. Our MFA in Dance promotes adventurous choreographic inquiry and engages with global discourses around the body and performance. The MA/PhD programs address theories of corporeality, performance, visuality, and culture, offering interdisciplinary training that fosters independent research. The Art & Global Health Center enables undergraduate and graduate students to explore art as a life-saving activity.

WACD’s path-breaking programs are committed to academic excellence, diversity, freedom of expression, activism, and social transformation through the arts.

 

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Fri Apr 21 @ 8:00PM
A Celebration of UCLA Dance 1962-2017
Fri Apr 28 @ 8:00PM
MFA3 Upstarts Series: Made in a Marble Palace
Fri May 05 @ 7:00PM
MFA3 Upstarts Series: Fugit Tempus
Sat May 06 @ 7:00PM
MFA3 Upstarts Series: Fugit Tempus

UCLA Department of World Arts Cultures/Dance
Box 951608, 150 Kaufman Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
Tel 310.825.3951
Email: wacinfo@arts.ucla.edu