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    Our curriculum emphasizes working in and with communities across the globe.
  • MA PhD in Culture and Performance

    MA/PhD in Culture and Performance

    WACD emphasizes interdisciplinary and intercultural research on performance and creativity.

  • Center Global Health

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

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    Many of our students study critical curatorial practices, asking how art is shown, shared, and produced in local and global contexts.

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    World Arts Field Studies

    Our student engage in intensive explorations of diverse communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Cropped Weaving

    Our BA degree in World Arts and Culture provides courses in visual studies, community arts and activism, as well as ethnographic practices.

  • SHORTER

    Among the performances we study, ritual provides a particular insight into people's world views. 

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    WACD

    WORLD ARTS AND CULTURES/DANCE—the name itself expresses a commitment to cross-cultural understanding through the arts.

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    MFA in Dance

    The MFA in Dance offers opportunities to engage multiple movement practices as students work on pioneering research in the form of new choreography. Here, MFA student Kevin Williamson showcases his project on masculinity, intimacy, and internalized homophobia.

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    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

BA in World Arts and Cultures
Focuses on three concentrations:
  • Community-based, arts activism
  • Studies of visual culture
  • Critical ethnographies
BA in Dance
Focuses on training and education in:
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Dance theory
  • Videography
  • Dance in the public sphere
MFA in Dance
Focuses in training those pursuing a professional choreographic career
PhD in Culture and Performance
Focuses in development of scholarly approaches to variously combined aspects of the:
  • Arts
  • Globalization
  • Curation
  • Film
  • Ritual
  • Colonialisms
  • Politics
  • Healing
  • Critical dance studies

 



 

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In the News

 insight

InSight – Senior Projects Showcase 2018 for the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, presenting Dance, Performance, Art and Scholarship. Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 PM.   Glorya Kaufman Hall, UCLA. FREE, First-Come, First-Served; General Admission.


The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance presents InSight – the Department’s Senior Projects Showcase with student performances and presentations in Glorya Kaufman Hall at 8:00 PM on Friday May 18th and Saturday May 19th. Exhibitions of student work will also be on display in Kaufman Hall’s first floor lounge and in Room 208 before and after the live programs.


This is not a ticketed event. Audiences will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis and the seating will be general admission. Glorya Kaufman Hall is located on the UCLA campus at 120 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Pay-by-space parking is available. Enter the campus from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza (not Westwood Blvd.), and proceed underground to Parking Structure 4.

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 marinam

Congratulations to Viver Brasil and Marina Magalhães BA '10 (pictured here) as well as  Esther Baker-Tarpaga MFA '07 and WACD lecturer Olivier Tarpaga on being National Dance Project Production Grant Finalists!

 

Viver Brasil, Los Angeles, CA Cor Da Pele [Skin Color] is a new dance theater piece to be set on Viver Brasil Dance Company by award-winning choreographer Marina Magalhães. Originally from Brazil, Magalhães draws from her unique background in Afro-Latin and contemporary dance practices to create dance theater grounded in subversive politics and deeply personal storytelling. In line with Magalhães's artistic approach, Cor Da Pele is a direct response to the charged racial tensions currently surfacing within both Brazil and the United States.

 

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, Philadelphia, PA When Birds Refused to Fly is a contemporary, evening-length dance theater project, choreographed by Olivier Tarpaga and set to the music of Orchestre Super Volta. Super Volta's music reflects the celebratory, post-independence fevers raging across sub-Saharan African countries in the 1960's and 70's, in stark contrast to the painful struggle African Americans faced during the fight for Civil Rights in the United States of America. The piece explores multiple facets of generational transformation, mentally, culturally, and geographically.

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Blog interview with Dr. Polly Nooter Roberts was conducted by the UCLA Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology. Dr. Mary “Polly” Nooter Roberts is Professor of World Arts andCultures at UCLA, as well as Consulting Curator for African Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer (MBC), and ever since, she has been a stellar advocate of MBC research and outreach to those living with MBC. Polly is a mother and grandmother, as well as a loving wife to Dr. Allen Roberts, also a professor at UCLA. In the interview below, Polly describes profound personal insights she has gained since receiving her cancer diagnosis—what she now views as an unexpected detour that has led to a reimagining of both her life’s purpose and the meaning of personal transformation. Click here to read the full article.

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Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

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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...
Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

 Recent Culture and Performance PhD, Dr. Neelima Jeychandran, will participate in the UCLA Fowl...
Christy Bolingbroke

Christy Bolingbroke

 It isn't every day—or year, or even decade—that a dedicated choreography incubator opens i...
Wong @ Harvard

Wong @ Harvard

Kristina Wong - The Toast of HarvardI’ve returned from a spectacular mini-tour of Portland and Bos...
Cari Ann Shim Sham ~ NYU

Cari Ann Shim Sham ~ NYU

Cari Ann Shim Sham, New Media Artist & Award Winning Filmmaker, Joins NYU Tisch Dance ...
Sara Wookey London

Sara Wookey London

Tribute to 2016 In a season of reflection I share a few of the highlights of 2016 which marked my s...
Neima Patterson awarded Extra Innings Fellowship

Neima Patterson awarded Extra Innings Fellowship

WACD alum Neima Patterson award Extra Innings Fellowship. The Extra Innings Fellowship Program ...
WACD alum Negeen Farida ~ Harvard University

WACD alum Negeen Farida ~ Harvard University

"My passion for dance and the human mind inspired my studies in World Arts and Cultures/Dance as wel...
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Tue May 22 @ 1:00PM
Undergraduate Research Week Poster Day
Wed May 23 @10:00AM
Undergraduate Research Week Oral Presentations
Fri May 25 @ 3:00PM
Reclaiming Consent, Confronting Harm: Gender Race & Class Borders
Tue May 29 @ 2:00PM
WACD Town Hall
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...
Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

 Recent Culture and Performance PhD, Dr. Neelima Jeychandran, will participate in the UCLA Fowl...
Christy Bolingbroke

Christy Bolingbroke

 It isn't every day—or year, or even decade—that a dedicated choreography incubator opens i...
Wong @ Harvard

Wong @ Harvard

Kristina Wong - The Toast of HarvardI’ve returned from a spectacular mini-tour of Portland and Bos...
Cari Ann Shim Sham ~ NYU

Cari Ann Shim Sham ~ NYU

Cari Ann Shim Sham, New Media Artist & Award Winning Filmmaker, Joins NYU Tisch Dance ...
Sara Wookey London

Sara Wookey London

Tribute to 2016 In a season of reflection I share a few of the highlights of 2016 which marked my s...
Neima Patterson awarded Extra Innings Fellowship

Neima Patterson awarded Extra Innings Fellowship

WACD alum Neima Patterson award Extra Innings Fellowship. The Extra Innings Fellowship Program ...
WACD alum Negeen Farida ~ Harvard University

WACD alum Negeen Farida ~ Harvard University

"My passion for dance and the human mind inspired my studies in World Arts and Cultures/Dance as wel...