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New chair of World Arts and Cultures/Dance likes how ‘peculiarity provokes questions.’ Q&A with Dan Froot on interdisciplinary scholarship and the importance of art as a tool for justice. Dan Froot is a producer, composer, choreographer, writer, saxophonist, dancer, actor and director. He has performed his dance, music and theater work throughout the United States and overseas since 1983. (photo by John Pemble)

Click here to read the full interview.

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Crunch Time for Kyle Abraham at the New York City Ballet The company’s first black choreographer in more than a decade fine-tunes his first ballet, with the help of Robyn and Prince. Photo by Tatiana Wills.

Click here to read the full article from the New Yorker.

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Self-Defense as Social Justice -- Spotlight on Jay O'Shea We’ve talked before about the “power of one,” and how one woman can have an impact on one community that can then go on to impact the entire world. Janet (Jay) O’Shea, a professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA, an accomplished martial artist, and ESD Global Camp 2017 participant, is a perfect example of that power. O’Shea’s journey into the world of empowerment self-defense began in 2015, when a debate on campus erupted in which self-defense was portrayed as victim blaming.

Click here to read the full article.

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Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE awarded to WACD Adjunct Professor Simone Forti. For her revolutionary, fearless, and widely influential approach to movement, pushing the boundaries of what dance could be–in her dance constructions and improvised work. For years of investigation into the human body in motion, finding poetry in gravitational forces, the movement of animals, and the natural world.

Click here to read more about the awards.

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IN MEMORIAM: ‘POLLY’ NOOTER ROBERTS, ART HISTORIAN AND SCHOLAR OF AFRICAN ART ROBERTS’ LEGACY LIVES ON IN THE LIVES SHE TOUCHED AND HER CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS


Mary “Polly” Nooter Roberts, UCLA professor of world arts and cultures/dance, died peacefully in her sleep at home on Tuesday, Sept. 11. She was 59, and had been living with stage four metastatic breast cancer for more than eight years. Roberts was trained as an art historian and became one of the world’s foremost scholars of African arts. She focused her research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she undertook long-term dissertation research among Luba peoples, and in Senegal, where she conducted field research on the arts of a local Sufi movement called the Mouride Way.

Click here to read the full story.

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In new book, professor explores the benefits of physical play like martial arts. Q&A with Janet O’Shea, UCLA professor of dance, about ‘Risk, Failure, Play: What Dance Reveals about Martial Arts Training.’ O’Shea, has dedicated her life and career to the study and performance of dance. Inspired by martial artist Bruce Lee in the 1970s and armed with years of dance training, O’Shea began more recently to practice jeet kune do, the martial art that Lee created.

Click here to read the full story.

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UCLA ARTS launches 10 QUESTIONS EVENT SERIES that invites the public into the classroom. Program brings together forty leading minds to discuss ten timely and fundamental questions. Giving community members a special opportunity to experience the conversations that drive innovation at the university. Click here to read the full story.

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Bryonn Bain has joined the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance as an associate professor. The son of Caribbean immigrants to Brooklyn, New York, Bain is a Los Angeles-based performing artist and scholar whose work is motivated by a central focus on using the arts and activism to build movements for justice, criminal justice reform, prison education, and abolition.

Click here to read more about the appointment.

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Professor Dan Froot named chair of the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) A producer, performance artist, writer, composer, dancer, and saxophonist, Dan began teaching in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture in 1997 and joined the WACD faculty as associate professor in 2006. His music concerts, theater pieces, and performance events have been presented by leading art centers across the world.


Click here to read more about the appointment.

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The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is proud to announce that Tula Strong ’20 (M.F.A., Dance) is the inaugural recipient of the James A. Doolittle Centennial Scholars Fund. A Los Angeles native, Strong is an accomplished artist and scholar who believes in the ability of the arts—especially dance—to break down barriers and unite diverse populations.

Click here to read more about the scholarship.

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Congratulations to PhD student Clementine Bordeaux on her appointment to the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission. Her commission runs through October 7, 2021. 
The primary purpose of the Commission is to increase the acquisition and application of funding resources to the socioeconomic problems of American Indians in Los Angeles City and County.

Click here to read more about the commission.

   

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Kamil Oshundara (WACD 2018) new Cultural Executive for Monkeypaw Productions. Kamil Oshundara will specialize in academic and cultural research, with her work woven into storylines and character development, according to the company.

Click here to read the full story in the Hollywood Reporter.


Photo by Kevin Yang

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ONE ARTIST & DESIGNER. ONE SCHOLAR & HISTORIAN. BOTH TEACHERS, EXPLORERS, CURATORS, & ACTIVISTS. DESIGN MEDIA ARTS, WORLD ARTS & CULTURES / DANCE FACULTY, POLLY NOOTER ROBERTS, REBECA MENDEZ, DIALOGUE

Click here to read the dialogue.

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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 six of the nation’s leading contemporary dance makers: Kyle Abraham, Nia Love, Nina Flagg, Ros Warby, Gracie Whyte, 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.

 

Utilizing a range of movement vocabularies and development processes, the choreographers have spent the current quarter working closely with WAC/Dance student performers in six project-based classes. First Hand is the culmination of their explorations and offer a rare peek into their exciting and varied choreographic expression.

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Pia Gilbert, one of a small handful of educators who created the dance department at UCLA, passed away at her home on May 14, 2018. Born on June 1, 1921 in Kippenheim, Germany, Pia was "addicted" to music at an early age, an addiction that remained with her throughout her long life. Emigrating to New York together with her family in 1937, Pia eventually settled in Los Angeles where she taught music for dance at UCLA. As an emigre in Los Angeles in the 1950's, Pia formed lasting, close friendships with many of her fellow European emigres, writers and musicians, among them Igor Stravinsky, and the Arnold Schoenberg family, whom she called "my extended family". Pia also had profound friendships with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, as well as Virgil Thompson, Elliott Carter and Ned Rorem.


Pia will be greatly missed by her loving family, her daughter, Vivian, brother, Hans and his wife, Barbara as well as their children, Rebecca, Jonathan, and Sarah. Funeral services will be private.


Click here to more about Pia's role in the formation of the dance department at UCLA.

 researchweek

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. Present your research or creative work as a poster in Pauley Pavilion or an oral presentation in the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. Open to all students in all majors. 

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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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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.

Click here to read the full article.

 

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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.

 leaningforward

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.

 willys

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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Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

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Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
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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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Dr. Neelima Jeychandran - Indian Ocean

 Recent Culture and Performance PhD, Dr. Neelima Jeychandran, will participate in the UCLA Fowl...
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Tue Nov 20 @ 6:30PM
What is Work?
Thu Nov 22 @12:00AM
Thanksgiving Day Holiday
Fri Nov 23 @12:00AM
Thanksgiving Day Holiday
Tue Nov 27 @ 6:30PM
What is Knowledge?
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...