Inflatable Trio @ Skirball
Lionel Popkin's "Inflatable Trio" February 23, 24, and 25 Skirball Cultural Center L.A. premiere! Don’t miss esteemed UCLA choreographer-performer Lionel Popkin’s new dance work, presented as part of the inaugural Performance Lab at the Skirball. Inflatable Trio examines the tensions and contradictions of domestic life—all performed in and around a bright yellow inflatable living room set.
In collaboration with WACD, The Skirball Cultural Center and the departments of Theater and LGBT Studies, theater professor Sylvan Oswald has organized a visit to our campus from queer performance icons Split Britches.
Wacsmash 2017 Kickstarter Campaign
WACD Community~Below is the link for the 2017 Wacsmash Kickstarter Campaign. Please take a moment to donate if you can. They need to reach their goal by February 5! Wacsmash 2017 is an interdisciplinary showcase choreographed and produced by undergraduate students at UCLA.
Robert Een ~ Fowler
Robert Een of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance faculty combines voice and cello to open the ear to new sonic possibilities. World Arts and Cultures/Dance doctoral student Ellen Gerdes and other special guests join Een. Fowler Out Loud: Robert Een Concert / Performance, 6:00 PM -January 25, 2017, Fowler Museum ~ UCLA
Bernard Brown ~ Fowler
Choreographer Bernard Brown presents solo and small ensemble dances connecting past and present. Performed in the exhibition Nkame, Brown and dancers explore how movement, space, and intention can translate to freedom for the black body, mind, and spirit. Fowler Out Loud: Bernard Brown Concert / Performance, 6:00 PM - January 18, 2017, Fowler Museum ~ UCLA
UCLA's arts and architecture community describes power of art in new film
What role do the arts play in society?
“The arts can guide us by the hand into the most complex worlds of thought about how we exist in the world,” says art historian Polly Nooter Roberts, a UCLA professor of world arts and cultures/dance, in “An Imaginative Offer,” a new film celebrating the arts. See the film here.
Watch a short film from UCLA Undergraduate Education Initiatives featuring Dr. David Delgado Shorter from WACD. Click here to see the film.
UCLA Fiat Lux Seminar: World Arts and Cultures (WL ARTS) 19 - Meditation for College Students
The UCLA Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance presents "Slamming Hunger” a storytelling performance. Students from Dan Froot’s “Slamming Hunger” course tell personal stories about hunger and food-insecuritiy on campus and beyond. We use oral history methodology to unearth our own relationships to food insecurity. We then learn the art of storytelling, using our personal narratives to explore the complexities of hunger, the invisible ways in which it is woven into our lives, and to help decrease the stigma of not being able to afford enough food. We have all been surprised at what we’ve found. You will be, too. See the trailer here.
Hidden in Plain Bite: The Surprising Impact of Our Food Choices
Hidden in Plain Bite: The Surprising Impact of Our Food Choices Talk by Nora Kramer, Factory Farm Awareness Coalition Hosted by UCLA Food & Social Justice Working Group Tuesday, October 25 2:00pm Kaufman 208 FREE
Yes to Bodies 2016
Yes To Bodies
Bernard Brown ~ Daily Bruin
WACD grad student Bernard Brown featured in the Daily Bruin: Dancer challenges sexuality stereotypes through unique choreography. Click here to read the full story. Photo by Maryrose Kulick.
Kyle Abraham joins WACD
MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham Joins UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Faculty. Read the press release here.
WACD Hothouse welcomes Ali Kheradyar
WACD 2016 Hothouse welcomes Ali Kheradyar. Ali Kheradyar is an artist based in Los Angeles. Kheradyar attended New York University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study, concentrating in dance, music, and performance. Kheradyar received a Master's in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts.
WACD Hothouse welcomes Myrrhia Rodriguez
WACD 2016 Hothouse welcomes Myrrhia Rodriguez. Myrrhia is a Los Angeles-based queer, feminist, choreographer and dancer in process, developing, practicing, asking questions, and uncovering meaning with movement. She holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from UCLA.
Recent graduate Maria Diaz featured in the Daily Bruin. Maria's talks about the Fuego y Sabor Latino Dance organization & studio she co-directs. See the Daily Bruin article here.
Janet O'Shea Beyond Winning
In this recent TEDx presentation entitled Beyond Winning WACD Professor Janet O'Shea shows us how physical play lets us to compete without needing to win and teaches us how to disagree with respect. See it here
Versa-Style in the Montana Standard
WACD's Jackie Lopez & Versa-Style featured in the Montana Standard. Read it here. Photo by George Simian.
WACD student Sandra Parra featured in the Daily Bruin. See the full story here. Photo by Laura Uzes.
Check out a new short film by Mitchell Rose called "Exquiste Corps". Choreographic snippets by WACD faculty: David Rousseve, Vic Marks, Ann Carlson & Lionel Popkin. With music by WACD adjunct Robert Een. 42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance. See it here.
First Hand 2016
Featuring new work by faculty artists Rennie Harris, Melinda Ring, Natsuo Tomita, and Ros Warby, the First Hand Faculty Concert is UCLA’s Department of WAC/D presentation of in-progress choreography. June 3rd 8pm, June 4th 8pm. Kaufman Hall Theater
Tickets are now available for purchase on Ticketmaster or through CTO.
Special Guest Lecture and Demonstration with Kyle Abraham
Fourth Wall - Senior Projects 2016
UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance Presents Festival of Senior Projects- FOURTH WALL, Presenting Performance, Art and Scholarship Friday and Saturday at 3-8:30pm on May 13th & 14th in Glorya Kaufman Hall. The 4 Ticketed performance programs will feature program A Fri. at 4 pm and Sat. at 7 pm, Program B Fri at 7 pm and Sat at 4 pm, with Open House exhibitions and workshops to attend before, and in between programs at 3-3:45pm and 6-6:45pm. Ticketing: $6 general. Purchase at Central Ticketing Office.
Lionel Popkin - Inflatable Park
The 2016 Tongva After Dark Series opens with a spectacular, new, site-specific dance work by noted Los Angeles choreographer & WACD Chair Lionel Popkin.
Tongva After Dark: Lionel Popkin's Inflatable Park ~ Wednesday, April 20, 2016 ~ 7:30pm - 8:30pm ~ Tongva Park ~ Santa Monica, CA
For more event info click here
Rennie Harris Exodus
Exodus by WACD professor Rennie Harris coming soon to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Costa Mesa. To read the Los Angeles Times review of the show click here. Photo by Barbara Davidson/ LA Times
Dan Froot NPN Award
Professor Dan Froot awarded a National Performance Network Creation Fund commission, plus a Forth Fund award. Click here to read more about the project and the award.
Fatal @ Automata Arts
April 8 at 8pm and 10pm
Conceived and choreographed by Dorothy Dubrule
Performances by Anton Lieberman, Daeun Jung,
Queer Arts Collective
Queer Arts Collective is UCLA's first gathering of LGBTQ identified artists looking to share their work in an inclusive and open space. This year we are teaming up with WACUS (World Arts and Culture's Undergraduate Society) and the LGBT Center at UCLA to make an event to contribute to the happenings of LGBTQ Awareness week at UCLA. For the duration of LGBTQ Awareness week (April 11th-15th) QAC will convert the Glorya Kaufman Hall's Rainbow Lounge into a curated exhibition of LGBTQ artist at UCLA.
ONDA is a showcase of interdisciplinary performance works from two experimental choreographers and M.F.A. candidates: Julio Medina explores gender identity within Latino culture, and Luis Tentindo presents a solo performance with a unique take on puppet/object theater, and a collaboration with choreographer, Bernard Brown. MFA3 Upstarts Series.
UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance invites applications for Hothouse 2016 …providing work space for Los Angeles choreographers in the creation of new work Purpose: UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is pleased to announce the tenth annual Hothouse Program scheduled for August 22-Sept 9, 2016. The “Hothouse” concept was developed by UCLA faculty member Victoria Marks to support the creation of new work by Los Angeles choreographers and to encourage interactive exchange during the creative process.
WACD alumna Jackie Oka aims to choreograph change through honoring hip-hop culture. Photo by Diana Chen/Daily Bruin. See the full story here.
Yehuda Sharim @ Rice University
WACD graduate Yehuda Sharim teaches an undergraduate course at Rice University called Art and Activism: Critical Study of Hope in Times of Crisis. photo by Tommy LaVergne | Rice University. Yehuda is featured in the current issue of Rice Magazine. Click here to read the article.