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Our very own Cari Ann Shim Sham*, UCLA WAC 180 Dance For Camera and MFA Alum,  has taken over the lead producer and programmer position for the Topanga Film Festival this year, as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary.Part of the programming includes a dance component, Friday July 18 6-10pm, with the feature documentary, OFF THE FLOOR, featuring WAC Undergrad Alum Jessica Anderson-Gwin and her company Jagged who formed the first ever contemporary Pole Dance company, pioneering a new dance genre.
 

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WACD's graduating senior Samad Guerra is featured in the Daily Bruin speaking about his upcoming summer participating in the Fulbright Program. See the complete story here: http://dailybruin.com/2014/06/09/bruin-pursues-music-dance-curriculum-with-fulbright-program/ 

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Choreography by MFA2 student Laurel Jenkins Tentindo 

Performers take a kinesthetic journey through a sonic field created by Miguel Frasconi’s instrumentarium of glass objects.  Physical edges extend via an interplay between Maria Garcia’s paper costumes and shadows cast by mobile lights.  The resulting large-scale imagery evokes idiosyncratic characters who conjure up a modern-day mythology. 

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MFA3 student Samantha Goodman presents: 

EXCERPTS & EMPTY GESTURES

Excerpts & Empty Gestures is a two part evening of video installation and live performance, conceived by Los Angeles based choreographer Samantha Goodman. The evening gathers collaborators: Jil Stein, Ted Byrnes, and Philip Carter to generate new explorations in the intersections between dance, sound, and moving image. Excerpts & Empty Gestures engages with ideas of fragmentation of the body and space.

 

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Title: First Hand: In-progress choreography from WAC/Dance Faculty


When: June 6th & 7th, 2014 at 8pm


UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Culture/Dance proudly presents an evening of new choreography, in-progress dances and repertory works by four national and international leading contemporary and hip hop dance makers: Lorenzo“Rennie”Harris, Michel Kouakou, Ros Warby, Lionel Popkin, and Cheng-Chieh Yu.

 

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Please visit the new Kim Fahey Anarchitect Exhibit NOW through May 27 in Kaufman Hall's Rainbow Lounge. Presented by the Visonary Art Museum of Los Angeles, a project of Community Partners, in conjunction with WAC #22 with Professor Peter Tokofsky.

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Peter Sellars has been named the 2014 Polar Music Prize laureate. see the full story here: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27321751

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Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore is hitting the road again. When it premiered last spring, The Washington Post loved it, saying that  “Popkin has a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark.”

June 12-14, 2014 (Thursday-Saturday) @8:30pm

REDCAT, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

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UNSPOKEN CONVERSATION  - May 10th – presented by 
WACD Adjunct faculty Viji Prakash’s dance company and WACD emerita Lynn Dally’s company.

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Using the Tools of Critical Race Theory and Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism

SAVE THE DATE!! - MAY 6, 12-1 PM, 200 GKH -
Special department-wide talk!

Through the efforts of WACD Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs, Vic Marks, Professor Danny Solorzano will be presenting his research on micro-aggression to us in the form of a “Town Hall" on Tuesday, May 6 from 12-1 pm, in room 200 Kaufman Hall. Dr. Solorzano is an extremely significant voice in a set of discussions that are lighting up all over campus, regarding systemic discrimination and bias, and how might faculty, staff, and students join in any efforts to address these issues.

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UCLA's Center for Performance Studies invites you to join us for the Prop Q Series this spring, comprised of films, roundtables, live performances, and guest lectures by prominent scholars who have impacted the field of queer theory and artists who highlight queer issues in their creative practice. Featured presenters include performance artists Julie Tolentino, D’Lo and Rafael Esparza, theatre director Katherine Hui-ling Chou, NYU professor Gayatri Gopinath, and film director Cheryl Dunye.

 

Visit http://www.tft.ucla.edu/center-for-performance-studies-prop-q/ for performance dates and details.

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UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, 3/22/14 **MFA candidates receive recognition for their work! UCLA well-represented at the Western Regional American College Dance Festival** CONGRATULATIONS to our MFA students:

Chankethya (Kethya) Chey presented her solo My Mother and I; Laurel Tentindo and Kevin Williamson presented their duet Neanderthal versus Cyborg. They represented UCLA WACD at the adjudicated concerts in the Western Regional American College Dance Festival, held at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ on March 12-15. Over 500 participants from numerous schools attended the four–day festival, with many classes, workshops, and film screening each day, two informal concerts, and four adjudicated concerts (12 works per show) from which 12 works were selected by the adjudicators Rachel Leonard, David Shimotakahara, and Wendy Perron for the final Gala Concert. Also, presented was a solo set on a University of Hawaii student, by WACD adjunct faculty member Viji Prakash. There were a good handful of other UCLA WACD alums at the festival who were faculty members representing other institutions.

sm Harris 32 In Summer, visiting students from everywhere join UCLA students for an exceptional academic and cultural experience. With a simple registration process, UCLA and visiting students from California and the rest of the world can enroll directly in UCLA courses. Click here for a list of classes and institutes from the Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance.

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New Show by WACD Alum Sheetal Gandhi coming soon. "Bahu-Beti-Biwi" on Feb 6th @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

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WACD student Joseph Brandel wins best story and production design for his short film, "Setsunasa Burger" in the Campus MovieFest. Watch the film & get the full story here: http://dailybruin.com/2013/11/20/setsunasa-burger-wins-best-story-production-design-at-campus-moviefest/

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WACD Emerita Emma Lew Thomas  - in Berlin, October 21, 2013.

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 Lost Boys - Live Performance by Kevin Williamson happening this week!

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UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures /Dance presents 

MFA Upstarts Series Presents Meena Murugesan

Friday, November 22, 2013
Two shows: 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, Glorya Kaufman Hall - Amber Dance Studio - Room 208

davidshorterCongratulations to WACD faculty Dr. David Delgado Shorter! This is a week of special events featuring Dr. Shorter.

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WACD Professor Mary (Polly) Roberts is featured in the Daily Bruin — Read more: http://dailybruin.com/2013/10/08/professor-brings-travel-curatorial-experience-to-class/

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Lutu Chuktiwa: Cutting the Cord film premiere on Thursday, October 17th at 3pm in Kaufman Hall #200.

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Don Cosentino – emeritus – will be giving the Keynote Address at the International Colloquium X (Oct.18-20) at Harvard University – When Earth Meets – Healing Rites & Sacred Knowledge in Haiti and Beyond. He will also be in Quebec City on November 5 for Opening of the "Haiti in Extremis" exhibition (which he co-curated) at the Museum of Civilization.

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“WACD Faculty Polly Roberts’ exhibition ‘Shaping Power’ at LACMA receives top reviews”

Congratulations to Yehuda Sharim.  Not only did he graduate this Spring 2013 with his PhD in Culture and Performance, but he has also received a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies at Rice University.

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This year, WACD welcomed Faye Driscoll, first choreographer for UCLA's brand new Residency Project for Movement (RPM). UCLA RPM 2012 from H&H Films.

Appointed U.S. Commissioner to the 13th International Cairo Biennale, the premiere international contemporary art exhibition in the Middle East. click here for details

New York Times features "Through Positive Eyes" photographs by Art|Global Health Center. click here for details.

Hello to all — I hope this finds you well and in good cheer. The following is a letter Dean Waterman and I have written to share with all of you. This letter acknowledges the generous gift Glorya Kaufman has given to USC recently. Ms. Kaufman has also been a generous donor to our department. The letter addresses a couple of misconceptions written in recent L.A. Times articles on Ms. Kaufman’s USC gift regarding our program in dance and reaffirms our commitment to dance within the larger context of our diverse communities and interdisciplinary studies.

Thank you for your continued support of the mission of this department. Please do send us updates on your work in your respective communities.

Wishing you the very best for the coming the new year,



Angelia Leung, Chair
UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance
150 Glorya Kaufman Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
310-206-1336

CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER

WACD emeritus Don Cosentino delivers a lecture at the American Folklore Society Meetings in New Orleans, LA.

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Transmission ~ Map Fund

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WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

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Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
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Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
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Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...
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Mon Sep 23 @ 8:00AM
Fall Quarter Begins
Mon Sep 23 @11:00AM
WACD Undergraduate Welcome Session
Tue Sep 24 @12:00PM
New WACD Graduates Meet with Dr. O'Shea
Tue Sep 24 @ 2:00PM
New WACD Graduate Students Meeting
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...