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UCLA Professor Receives Grant for Ethnographic Film -

Dr. David Shorter, Associate Professor in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, has received a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA). Announced on December 20th, this grant enables Shorter to complete the narration for his ethnographic film, Cutting the Cord. Seven years in the making, Cutting the Cord focuses on the “lutu pahko” ceremony of the Yoeme Indians living in Sonora, Mexico. Shorter and filmmaker Eliot Fisher traveled to Potam Pueblo to record the four day ritual with the community’s permission since the ceremony was for Shorter’s deceased, long-time fieldwork collaborator. The film marks the first time this ritual had ever been recorded, a primary reason that the National Science Foundation funded the original filming.

Applying a “crowdsourcing” approach to the film’s narration, Shorter is combining more traditional ethnographic narration with the voices of Yoeme community members who comment on the film in real time, as they are watching the film. Such an approach, Shorter notes, “brings the collaborative uses of technology to bear on who gets to interpret culture; insider voices compete with and then slowly become primary by the end of the film.” The film, then, works as both an ethnography and a commentary on ethnographic representation. “By the end, we realize that we may be moving from grieving the loss of old-school anthropology to celebrating our survival without it.” You can visit Dr. Shorter’s website here: www.davidshorter.com.

The UCIRA supports embedded arts research through critical exchange. Through community education, a range of grant opportunities, and research initiatives, the UCIRA is committed to supporting risk-taking research and cutting-edge arts practices between University of California artists and off-campus communities, organizations, and agencies. Learn more about UCIRA here: http://www.ucira.ucsb.edu.



Politics in Art Forms Conference Feb 7 & 8. Co-organized by Anurima Banerji and faculty from UCLA, USC, and the University of Paris 8. Artists and scholars meet and discuss the relationships between art forms and politics:

Are some arts formats, genres and disciplines easier to politicize than others? Under what conditions can art become a vector for political and civic messages? To what extent is politicization in art appropriate and legitimate in the creators’ eyes? What are the relationships between artistic innovation and political/social critique? How have they changed over time?

The participants draw from their recent artistic or academic work to debate on panels and with the audience around such questions. Music, dance, film and visual arts at large are at the heart of this stimulating public conversation.

Click here for additional information.

Inspired by the career of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore strives to address acts of cultural sourcing, representation, and transmission. With wit, piles of fabric, a microphone, 3 dancers, 2 musicians, and a leaf blower, Lionel Popkin asks: was Ruth's Orientalism an act of cultural appropriation or a legitimate examination of sources of dance? Can a century of perspective help the contemporary choreographer reach his own point of equilibrium? Performed by Popkin, Emily Beattie, and Carolyn Hall and featuring an original score by accordionist Guy Klucevsek - played live by Klucevsek and violinist Mary Rowell in DC and Pittsburgh, and Todd Reynolds in Philadelphia - this premiere sweeps across an array of metaphorical hints and an extravaganza of textiles. Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl, costume and set design by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario with video artist, cari ann shim sham*.

Dance Place, Washington DC
Saturday, March 2, 8pm & Sunday, March 3, 7pm
tickets, directions, additional info:
http://www.danceplace.org/dance-performances/lionel-popkin/

The Painted Bride, Philadelphia
Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9, 8pm
tickets, directions, additional info:
http://www.paintedbride.org/dance-with-the-bride/lionel-popkin’s-ruth-doesnt-live-here-anymore/

Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh
Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16, 8pm
tickets, directions, additional info:
http://kelly-strayhorn.org/events/popkin-ruth/

Congratulations to David Shorter. The Committee on Teaching has selected David to be one of this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate faculty. To read the letter click here.

UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance invites applications for Hothouse 2013 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 ninth annual Hothouse Program scheduled for August 19-September 6. 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.

Hothouse provides a residency for the creation of new work for six local choreographers at UCLA's Glorya Kaufman Hall. Each choreographer/performance artist will be invited to use studio space free of charge for 4 hours/day, 5 days/week for three weeks (8/19-9/6).

In exchange for the Hothouse residency, artists are asked to share their work through informal presentations on the final day of the residency. In addition, artists will share some part of their work/creative process with WACD students and faculty during the subsequent months of the academic year, 2013-14

When: The residency period is August 19- September 6,2013, Monday-Friday for three weeks.

Who: Los Angeles-based choreographers, body-based performance artists are invited to apply.

Costs: The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is pleased to offer rehearsal space free of charge and one parking space in the UCLA parking lot per day/per group. (Additional parking in UCLA lots costs $11/car for a full day.) All artists will participate in a potluck lunch on Fridays in Kaufman Hall.

Interaction: Hothouse is designed to give LA artists the necessary space for the creation of new work. In addition, it is an opportunity to build artistic community. We require that all participants join us for a collegial and delicious lunch each Friday, and that all attend the full day of showings scheduled for Friday, September 6th.

Dancers: We are continuing our successful “Hothouse Dancers” program, drawn from WACD undergraduate students. These students will audition in Spring 2013. If you wish to participate in Hothouse but do not have access to a group of dancers, be sure to let us know in your application.

Future credit: We ask that for all performances of the work created at UCLA, the following credit be given:

"The development of (name of work) was supported in part by the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Hothouse Program."

Application process: An application form may be downloaded by clicking here. Look for Hothouse on the front page. 
Applications must be received by Monday, April 8, 2013 Send applications via email to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; subject heading “Hothouse application”

or

Hothouse Selection Committee 
UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures 
120 Westwood Plaza, Suite 150 
Box 951608 
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Questions: Please contact the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance by telephone at 310-825-3951 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the application process. (subject heading: Hothouse Program Question)

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