The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is an interdisciplinary unit which finds its reason for being in a set of intellectual and artistic problems rather than an established academic discipline. The programs of teaching, research, and performance in World Arts and Cultures/Dance are unified around a shared concern with problems of cultural identity and difference; the meaning of tradition in contemporary societies; the forging of connections between critical theory and artistic practice; and the changing social roles and responsibilities of artists and scholars of the arts, both in the United States and worldwide.
Guided by an interdisciplinary faculty of artists, dance scholars and ethnographers, the academic programs in World Arts and Cultures/Dance are organized around three fundamental missions:
- The formulation of critical and intercultural insights into the nature of human creativity
- The creation and interdisciplinary study of dance and other body-based modes of performance
- Mutually beneficial engagement with the diverse cultural and artistic communities of Los Angeles
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