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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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The latest short film in the UCLA Arts An Imaginative Offer series, Leaning Forward spotlights the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture’s internationally acclaimed public arts institutions: UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, the Fowler Museum, and the Hammer Museum. Collectively, these venues create a vibrant cultural commons for the research university, Los Angeles, and the world. Click here to watch the short film.

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Magda Saleh, MA in Dance 1974. Think of Egyptian dancers and the first image to come to mind is not likely to be a ballerina. Yet once upon a time, the Egyptian ballerina Magda Saleh danced the dream role of Giselle in Moscow as a guest star with the mighty Bolshoi Ballet. Even more improbably, she danced it in the opera house in her hometown, Cairo — where to call a woman a “dancer” was an insult — with a full troupe of Egyptians trained by Russians in an academy established by the Egyptian state. Click here to read the full article.

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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tria Blu Wakpa as assistant professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD). Tria’s appointment is effective July 1, 2018.

Tria is a scholar and practitioner of Indigenous contemporary dance, North American Hand Talk (Indigenous sign language), martial arts, and yoga. Her research combines community-based, Indigenous and feminist methodologies with critical race theories to examine the politics and practices of dtriaance and embodiment historically and contemporarily in educational and carceral institutions for Indigenous peoples.

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After graduating from WACD in 2015, Claudia Varney moved to Paris, France and has been living there ever since. Watch her #myBRUINstory and learn how her World Arts & Culture major inspired her travel around the globe. Click here to watch the video.

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PhD student Shamell Bell and MFA candidate Jade Charon will be participating in TedxUCLA on April 7 @ Royce Hall. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Click here for more info.

 bali UCLA Residency for Gamelan Cudamani from Bali Workshop Program for UCLA Students Thursday February 15, 2018 | 4pm-6:30pm Glorya Kaufman Hall Theater 200 CO-sponsored by: UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies & UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance

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The Faculty of World Arts and Cultures/Dance sent an open letter to all students, staff, alums and friends of WACD on 1/15/18.  To read the full letter.

 jadeDCA’s 10 Scholarship Winners to the 2018 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival include: Jade Charon Robertson (UCLA WACD MFA 2018) (pictured), Bernard Brown (UCLA WACD MFA 2017) and Allison Gray (UCLA WACD BA 2010). Click here for more info.

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Remembering Dr. Doran George ~ Following a successful career as a childhood star in musical comedy in the United Kingdom, Doran George came into the Culture and Performance PhD program in the department in 2008 with a degree in Experimental Dance from School for New Dance Development in Arnhem and an M.A. in Feminist Performance from the University of Bristol. Receiving the Ph.D. in December 2014, George wrote a brilliant dissertation entitled “A Conceit of the Natural Body: The Universal-Individual in Somatic Dance Training” that excavates the cultural and political impact of Somatics’ approach to dance training, viewed in global perspective.

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WACD’s Willy Souly featured in Dance Teacher. Five artists who bring the music and dance of West Africa to U.S. Campuses. People are flocking to West African classes across the country. Students are enticed by the sounds of the drums, exhilarated by the movement and want to come back for more. Each dance has a meaning and function, so they are also learning about the many different cultures within West Africa. In Burkina Faso alone there are more than 60 ethnic groups, each with its own language, instruments and dances. Listening to the music, one may hear sounds that are reminiscent of reggae, salsa, highlife or Afro-beat. This is part of the allure for American students. Click here to read the story.

 vicmarksVictoria Marks, professor of choreography in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and chair of the Disability Studies minor has accepted the position of associate dean, academic affairs for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, effective July 1, 2017. Marks will be taking over for Professor Diane Favro, who has served in this role for the past two years and is retiring after 33 years of service to UCLA.

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WACD Professor Polly Nooter Roberts curates exhibt at LACMA. Featured in the Los Angeles Times,"At LACMA, a don't-miss African art exhibition full of mystery and beauty - Object for object, “The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts” provides perhaps the most flat-out beautiful museum exhibition in Los Angeles so far this year. " See the full story here from the Los Angeles Times. Photo by Christopher Knight LAT

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First Hand: In-progress Choreography from WACD Faculty. Featuring new work by faculty artists Lynn Dally, Jeanine Durning, Jackie Lopez and Sheetal Gandhi, the First Hand Faculty Concert is UCLA’s Department of WAC/D presentation of in-progress choreography. June 8 & 9, 2017 8pm, Glorya Kaufman Hall, Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Room 200) $6 general admission. Click here for tickets.

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WACD student John Yang participates in Undergraduate Research Week Poster Day with his design: "The Discrepancy Between Unrecognized Academic Talent and Grade Point Average: Scrutinizing the Academic Transcripts of Hmong High School Students." Undergraduate Research Week showcases and celebrates undergraduate student research and creative projects. Open to all UCLA undergraduates engaged in research and creative projects, the week provides opportunities for students to present their work to the campus and broader community.

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WACD student Kamil Oshundara participates in Undergraduate Research Week Poster Day with her design: "Seeing Asali: The Revolutionary Artwork of Gayle "Asali" Dickson and the Legacy of the Black Feminist Resistance within the Black Panther Party." Undergraduate Research Week showcases and celebrates undergraduate student research and creative projects. Open to all UCLA undergraduates engaged in research and creative projects, the week provides opportunities for students to present their work to the campus and broader community.

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INTERSECTIONS-WACD Senior Projects Showcase 2017 highlights the creativity of 23 graduating seniors in the World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. This multidisciplinary program includes presentations ranging from dance, spoken word, and musical performances to film, visual art exhibitions, arts ethnography, and community engagement. These culminating projects provide WAC and Dance students with the opportunity to engage in exploratory processes of art making and intellectual inquiry, and to traverse the boundaries between individual creative expression, cross-cultural understanding, and social activism.

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The WACD Upstarts Series presents choreographer Sarah Jacobs’ “Fugit Tempus”.  In an entirely cardboard world, seven women and one skeleton construct and deconstruct the body and built environment, dancing across disciplines of urban planning, Los Angeles history, anatomy and visual art. Venue: Glorya Kaufman Hall, Amber Studio Theater (Room 208)
Cost: $15 general admission/$8 student Date: May 5 & 6 @ 8pm

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The Los Angeles Times features three WACD students: Shamelle Bell, Bernard Brown, & Jade Robertson in an article about Street Dance Activism. Click here to read the story. 

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Made in a Marble Palace is an evening of dance conceived and choreographed by third-year MFA student Darrian O’Reilly. The concert features live jazz piano, classical harp, performances by UCLA undergraduates, alumni, and other Los Angeles professionals. Date: April 28, 2017 Time: 8pm Event Title: MFA3 Upstarts Series: Made in a Marble Palace Venue: Glorya Kaufman Hall, Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Room 200)Cost: $15 general admission/$8 student

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The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance celebrates UCLA’s history of the academic and performative dance discipline at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in Kaufman Hall.
Featuring performances by UCLA Department of Dance alumni, the dance celebration will honor the legacy of the founders of the dance department: Elsi Dunin, Pia Gilbert, Alma Hawkins, Carol Scothorn, Doris Siegal and Allegra Snyder.

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UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures was represented at the ACDA Baja Region Conference – April 6-9, 2017 – Congratulations to WACD MFA candidate Darrian O’Reilly – her choreographic work, “Veil”, was selected for its Gala Concert that featured eleven pieces out of 48 that were adjudicated during this conference.  Her dancers, Natalee Palmer  (WACD senior) and Claudia Mayoss (WACD sophomore dance major) were welcomed enthusiastically in their performances of Darrian’s piece. 

 

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Listed as one of two notable museum openings this Spring and Summer by the New York Times is “The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts” curated by World Arts and Cultures/Dance professor Polly Nooter Roberts. Click here to read the full notice.

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TOUCH is a showcase of dance performance from two choreographers and MFA candidates, Casey Brown and Bernard Brown. Both choreographers mine their personal histories to search, question, and celebrate. 

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Culture Crossing
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 06:00pm - 07:30pm ~ FREE
"An exciting end-of-quarter performance where students and faculty show their work, which was generated in courses reflecting the vital creative perspectives from the department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.” Photo Credit: Issac Oboka.

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#we - Four choreographers explore social issues through a movement-based, interdisciplinary performance.

Four choreographers will be presenting their movement-based works in an interdisciplinary program, and addresses social issues relevant to our times – gender, sexual orientation, identity, systemic racial contentions, and discrimination. 
At a time when our president is able to attach fear to diversity it is crucial to present diverse bodies on stage as a way to speak out together and stand in support of each other. Please support this unique and valuable event.

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Lionel Popkin's "Inflatable Trio" February 23, 24, and 25 Skirball Cultural Center L.A. premiere! Don’t miss esteemed UCLA choreographer-performer Lionel Popkin’s new dance work, presented as part of the inaugural Performance Lab at the Skirball. Inflatable Trio examines the tensions and contradictions of domestic life—all performed in and around a bright yellow inflatable living room set.

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In collaboration with WACD, The Skirball Cultural Center and the departments of Theater and LGBT Studies, theater professor Sylvan Oswald has organized a visit to our campus from queer performance icons Split Britches. 

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WACD Community~Below is the link for the 2017 Wacsmash Kickstarter Campaign. Please take a moment to donate if you can. They need to reach their goal by February 5! Wacsmash 2017 is an interdisciplinary showcase choreographed and produced by undergraduate students at UCLA.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/526799935/wacsmash-2017

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Robert Een of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance faculty combines voice and cello to open the ear to new sonic possibilities. World Arts and Cultures/Dance doctoral student Ellen Gerdes and other special guests join Een. Fowler Out Loud: Robert Een Concert / Performance, 6:00 PM -January 25, 2017, Fowler Museum ~ UCLA

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Choreographer Bernard Brown presents solo and small ensemble dances connecting past and present. Performed in the exhibition Nkame, Brown and dancers explore how movement, space, and intention can translate to freedom for the black body, mind, and spirit. Fowler Out Loud: Bernard Brown Concert / Performance, 6:00 PM - January 18, 2017, Fowler Museum ~ UCLA

 

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Elyan Hill - Ghana

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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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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...
Last month April 2018 Next month
S M T W T F S
week 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
week 15 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
week 16 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
week 17 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
week 18 29 30

Fri Apr 27 @ 8:00PM
MFA3 Sai / In Between
Sat Apr 28 @ 8:00PM
MFA3 Sai / In Between
Thu May 10 @ 4:30PM
Jack Gray Regents Lecture
Fri May 18 @ 8:00PM
InSight
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...