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WACSmash 2016
Every year since 2000, WACSmash has been a product of the undergraduates in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, serving as the only interdisciplinary live arts showcase featuring only work created by undergrads.

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The World Arts and Cultures/Dance Graduate Student Organization presents People Watching, a works-in-progress dance concert featuring choreography by Bernard Brown, Casey Brown, and Darrian O’Reilly.

Friday, Feb. 26
8 p.m.
“People Watching”
Glorya Kaufman Hall, Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Room 200)
Price: Free

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Peter Nabokov: The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo and How The World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family -  Book Talk - Thursday January 21, 2016 from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. in the UCLA Department of History Conference Room at 6275 Bunche Hall.

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Agua Furiosa featured in the Los Angeles Times click here to read the full story. 

Agua Furiosa, CONTRA-TIEMPO’s newest work, challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez harnesses her unique urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought-provoking evening of dance performance.

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Talk by Cristina F. Rosa on her new book "Brazilian Bodies and their Choreographies of Identification"

Tuesday January 5, 2016 12-1pm Kaufman Hall Room 208

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World AIDS Day: #GenEndIt
Dec 1st from 10 – 11:50 AM in Kaufman Hall Room 200, in partnership with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, we will host a presentation centered on the UNAIDS theme #GenEndIt: stories of what young people are doing to end the AIDS by 2030.

Special guests will include Elizabeth Taylor’s granddaughter Naomi Wilding and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela, plus special guest appearances by actors Danny Franzese and Danny Pintauro.

The presentation will also feature anti-HIV stigma arts-activist work created by World Arts and Cultures WAC 1 and UCLA Sex Squad students.

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Fowler OutSpoken Talk
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The Hunts of Acoma: Tracking a Pueblo Indian Family across the Centuries

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We are pleased to announce that Erica Angarano has accepted the position of Administrative Coordinator for WACD. Erica starts on November 2nd, 2015. Most of you already know Erica, as she acquired her BA in Dance from our department in June 2014.

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Yes To Bodies 

Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater ~ 11/06/15 @7PM ~ Features work choreographed and performed by WAC/D students as they thoughtfully investigate the relationships between body and mind, dancer and viewer, and art and life as inspired by Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto. FREE

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Kristina Wong: The Wong Street Journal
Including Post-performance Q&A and Reception
Join us and other UCLA Arts alumni for UCLA alumna Kristina Wong’s sharply hilarious solo performance The Wong Street Journal! Part psychedelic TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part nonsense. On a charmingly crude hand sewn set made from the finest discount felt, Wong breaks down such complex issues as click bait, global poverty, privilege and economic theory, using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting hand-crafted slideshows.  Click here for more info.

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Choreographers reunite in two-part showcase ‘My Dear and Displacement.’ The modern dance piece, “My Dear,” is from a two-part showcase titled “My Dear and Displacement II.” Hsiao-Mei Ho, associate professor of dance at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, choreographed “My Dear,” and Cheng-Chieh Yu, an associate professor in the world arts and cultures/dance department at UCLA, choreographed “Displacement.” Read the full story in the Daily Bruin. photo by Alyssa Dorn.

 

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Taiwanese dance critic and historian, Yaping Chen (Phd, Performance Studies, NYU) will be in residency in WACD on Oct 19-23, 2015 as part of the Spotlight Taiwan Project. Dr. Ya-Ping Chen is currently the Director of Graduate Institute of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts. She is the author of Enquiry into Subjectivity: Modernity, History, Taiwan Contemporary Dance (2011) and recipient of the Taiwan Cultural Award—Critics Award in 2009. Ya-Ping Chen will deliver a talk on “The Use of Empathy: Corporeal Resonances in Arts and their Political-Societal Efficacy” at 12-1pm, Tuesday, Oct 20, in Room 160, Kaufman Hall

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World Arts and Cultures/Dance is Proud to Welcome UCLA Regents’ Lecturer Bijayini Satpathy Thursday, October 15 4 pm - Room 200, Kaufman Hall Public Presentation: NRITYAGRAM's DANCE INFORMANCE INFORMAL | INFORMATIVE | PERFORMANCE Discussion moderated by Distinguished Professor Susan Foster Reception to follow in Rainbow Lounge.

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Taiwanese choreographer Hsiao-Mei Ho will be in residency in WACD on Oct 16-23 as part of the Spotlight Taiwan Project.  She will be conducting 5 workshop intensives with 8 selected WACD Dance majors.  The goal of her intensives is to reconstruct/integrate WACD dance students into her work “My Dear”.  The students along with Hsiao-Mei’s two dancers will perform the work on the Oct 23 as part of the SpotLight Taiwan program at 4-6pm in #200.

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WACD alumna Malathi Iyengar featured in the latest edition of the Daily Bruin. Read the full story here. Photo by Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin senior staff.

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UCLA students travel to Brazil to participate in WACD's Theater of the Oppressed study aboard program. The program was organized by Art & Global Health Center's Robert Gordon. Read the new Daily Bruin article here.

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We welcome the New Department Chair – Professor Lionel Popkin. Professor Lionel Popkin has agreed to serve as Chair of the Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance effective July 1 2015. Popkin will be taking over from Professor Angelia Leung whose excellent leadership has guided the department for many years including her most recent tenure as Chair these past six years (2009-2015) and co-chair for three years prior (2006-2009).

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You are invited to attend the opening Gala Night for the Topanga Film Festival Thursday July 30th 6:30-11pm at the Topanga Community Center.

This year from 6:30-8 we will have circus performers, roving minstrels, food, drink and a live band 8-9 as we open the festival with our fabulous Dance Film Showcase, which screens outdoors under the stars on the ball field 9-10pm with a dance party to follow. 

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This summer the Fowler Museum will be hosting free programs that may be of interest to you and your constituents. On Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM, the Fowler is proud to screen Kumar Shahani’s 1991 film Bhavantarana in the Fowler’s Lenart Auditorium. Bhavantarana is centered on Kelucharan Mohapatra, a guru and maestro of the Classical Indian dance style Odissi. This biopic is filmed in an experimental manner that utilizes the camera in choreography, juxtaposing it with scenes from Mohapatra’s life.

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2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the Rangoli Foundation for Art & Culture! In celebration of this landmark occasion, guest artists will join Rangoli Dance Company on-stage for a momentous performance. The event features premieres & acclaimed works from RDC repertory.
Bharatanatyam Classics and Folk Dances by Rangoli Dancers featuring new and traditional choreographic works by Malathi Iyengar & Murali Mohan Kalvakalva (India)

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We are pleased to announce that Professor David Roussève has agreed to serve as interim dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture (SOAA), effective July 1, 2015.
A choreographer, writer, director, filmmaker and performer, Professor Roussève joined the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in 1996 as a professor of choreography. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the department’s chair, and last year, he was named SOAA’s associate dean for academic affairs.

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The MJDC is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2015 CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) grants in Southern California. This year, CHIME in Southern California is a 6 month program from January through June 2015.
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Entering its final year in Los Angeles County, CHIME in Southern California is a mentorship program for self-selected pairs of choreographers. The 2015 CHIME in Southern California includes UCLA WACD faculty and alum: Robert Een, Alexx Shilling, & Meena Murugesan. Chime Live is Saturday June 13, 2015 8PM @ Live Arts Los Angeles. For more info please click here.

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Robert Een at Roulette in Brooklyn, Tuesday, June 23 at 8pm in celebration of thirty-six years performing in New York.

The program will feature the New York premiere of new music I just completed for “Lighthouse”, commissioned by Judy Dworin Performance Project.

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What: First Hand, In-progress choreography from WAC/Dance Faculty When: June 5 & 6, 2015 at 8pm Where: Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater Ticketing: $6 general. Purchase at Central Ticketing Office

First Hand is UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance presentation of new choreography danced by WAC/D students. The dances are by four of the nation’s leading contemporary dance makers: Ann Carlson, Ana Maria Alvarez, Jackie Lopez and Cheng-Chieh Yu. First Hand is an intimate refreshing series featuring newly conceived in-progress works, which offer the rare chance to witness the early formation of movement ideas that will eventually lead to completed works by the choreographers. Carlson and Alvarez are current Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP) artists in residence, with upcoming and much anticipated staging of their work produced as part of the CAP season in 2015-16 in Royce Hall, and the Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater.

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WACD graduate student Shamell Bell talks to the Daily Bruin about Black Lives Matter. Click here for the full story. 

Photo by Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin

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WACD Professor Cheng-Chieh Yu and Marianne Kim's new film, "Martiality, Not Fighting" 止戈 has won the Best Short from the Dance Camera West Festival 2015 which was held on Apr 30-May 5. MNF also won the Best Performance from the InShadow Video Festival in Portugal 2014. It has been screened in Film Festivals including: Cina Corps Film Festival/France, InShadow Int. Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies/Portugal, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Asiatica Film Mediale/Rome, Italy, 6th Cairo Video Festival/Egypt, Agite y sirva-7th Screendance Touring Festival in Mexico, as well as cities in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan.

Martiality, Not Fighting is co-commissioned by The Guangdong Modern Dance Company/China and The Jumping Frame International Dance Video Festival/Hong Kong.

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Taiwanese Choreographer, Dean of the School of Dance/Taipei National University of the Art,  Ming-Shen Ku will have a one-week residency in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) on May 18-21, 2015.  Ming-Shen will be guest teaching in several WACD classes including Improvisation and Dance Composition classes both in the Graduate and Undergraduate programs.  Ms Ku will also conduct two workshop intensives focusing on improvisational scores, in collaboration with a LA based Composer/Multi-Instrumentalist Jeff Ali.  A public presentation will be hosted by Prof. Anurima Banerji's Dance 101  Class on May 21 at 11-12:20 pm, which will include, a 15 min solo by Ming Shen, and a 12 min student performed structured improvisation set by Ming Shen and composer Jeff Ali.

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Daily Bruin Q&A: Peter Sellars talks new UCLA project, art’s role in US politics. See the full story here

Photo by: Daniel Alcazar

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The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance presents, Narratives, a showcase that highlights the work of seventeen artists in the 2015 graduating class. Senior projects is a twenty week course for students who have been elected to create works in progress. Narratives includes a variety of mediums such as; spoken word, live music, film, and dance. Those in senior projects have been working on materiel, which range in topics from generational explorations, to questioning social norms, to self-reflection, to artistic experimentation. These seventeen students describe this showcase as residing "where life and art intersect." The performances will take place on May 8, 2015 at 8pm and May 9, 2015 at 3pm and 8pm in the Glorya Kaufman Theatre.

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WACD student, Merima Tricic, discusses the event she hosted with the Daily Bruin. See the full story here.

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We are so very pleased to announce that our own visiting professor, Ann Carlson has been named as a Doris Duke Artist. See more here.

photo by Todd Gilens 

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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...
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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...