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  • Our curriculum Sam
    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.

  • CTR

    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

oedipus 

WACD Faculty & Choreographer Lionel Popkin's new evening-length premiere, The Oedipus/Antigone Project, takes its impetus from two of Sophocles' best known plays, Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus; the journey that Oedipus and Antigone take from Thebes to Colonus as they struggle to protect each other within a civic code that confounds them. Popkin blends unexpected humor and resonant physicality to craft worlds that, according to The Washington Post, have "a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark," and approaches dance-making in a way that The New York Times calls, "as farcical as it is dead serious." His multimedia performance works have been called "a zenith of corporeal possibilities" by The Los Angeles Times and "by turns comical, creepy, and uncanny" by The New Yorker. PERFORMANCES- Villa Theater Lab: The Oedipus/Antigone Project - GETTY VILLA Auditorium - March 8,9,10 2019, at 7:30 pm Click here for tickets and more information.

pollyroberts19592018 

Mary “Polly” Nooter Roberts, who passed away on September 11, 2018, was one of the world’s foremost scholars of African arts. She was a beloved professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, consulting curator of African arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and served as chief curator and deputy director of the UCLA Fowler Museum from 1999 through 2009. Polly helped found the Center/Museum for African Art in 1984, where she served as senior curator through 1994. Over the years, her exhibitions, books, and teaching concerned Humanities themes such as secrecy, memory, time, and the empowerment of women. Polly held a Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy and French Literature from Scripps College. Polly’s influence was deeply felt in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. She served as a mentor to a great many students interested in arts theories and practices, inspiring them to question their own identities even as they explored arts of societies throughout the world. Through her museum work, Polly reached out to many communities across the United States and around the world. She was decorated by the Republic of France for her service to francophone Africa, recognized through the lifetime Leadership Award of the Arts Council of the US African Studies Association, and as a Dai Sensei/Master Teacher to the Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles. As the latter award statement read, through Polly’s “remarkable teaching and speaking skills… the more we learned the more excited we became; the more we sought, the more she gave.” The Polly Nooter Roberts Graduate Fellowship will honor her enduring legacy at UCLA through summer awards to graduate students in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Priority will be given to those in their first year of study who are interested in museums as “contact zones,” African and African diaspora arts, and/or arts and cultures around the world. Click here to donate and for more information..

KellyGluckman 

Visual AIDS asked WACD alum Kelly Gluckman to curate an online gallery this month to commemorate their yearly Love Positive Women celebration. Visual AIDS is an online registry, platform, advocacy project, and community that has been supporting artists living with HIV/AIDS for 30 years. They developed The Ribbon Project, where the AIDS red ribbon came from, that sparked the massive movement that we all know, of using colored ribbons to represent a cause. Here is a link to the gallery titled Love Poz Womxn , and here is a link to a page with some more information about Visual AIDS and their work in the community. Gluckman is proud of this work, and super excited to have worked with such an important institution in HIV/AIDS arts-activism.

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WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

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Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

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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...
Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

 Recent Culture and Performance PhD, Dr. Neelima Jeychandran, will participate in the UCLA Fowl...
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Thu Mar 14 @ 6:15PM
Ideas In Action
Fri Mar 15 @ 8:00AM
Winter Quarter Instruction Ends
Fri Apr 19 @ 8:00PM
MFA3: Levi Gonzalez and Kristianne Salcines
Sat Apr 20 @ 8:00PM
MFA3: Levi Gonzalez and Kristianne Salcines
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...
Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

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