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PANG 

Congratulations to Professor and Chair Dan Froot on the Pang! podcast being selected as "one of the most interesting new shows" in The New York Times on August 9! By Phoebe Lett


"Every month the podcast universe seems to expand exponentially, both in terms of listeners and programming. But that rapid growth makes keeping up with all the new shows — let alone discerning what’s worthy of your time — even harder. So we’re going to help with that. Each month, we’ll be assembling a mix of the latest releases, looking in particular for things that don’t necessarily make it onto the “New and Notable” section of your listening app. We’ll bring you a fresh mix, across genres and styles, of the most intriguing new shows in the medium. Here’s what you may have missed so far this summer.

Kyle Abraham Vogue 

Vogue Italia recently featured WACD Professor in Residence, Kyle Abraham in "NY Profile #32: Kyle Abraham and A.I.M.

Click here to read the story.


Photo by Domenica Bucalo

ucla dancing disability lab 

Inaugural Cohort Selected to Launch UCLA’s Dancing Disability Lab. The weeklong intensive promotes the role of dance and performance as a change agent for the continued progress of disability justice. The UCLA Disability Inclusion Lab’s DANCING DISABILITY will offer experienced and emerging dance artists with disabilities from across the world an immersive engagement in disability studies scholarship alongside movement exploration and choreographic inquiry. Participants will consider ways to represent, look at, transform, and challenge ideas about the body, beauty, virtuosity, and personhood. At the center of this uniquely designed process is the notion that aesthetic production (dance) serves as a change agent for the continued progress of disability justice.

DavidDelgadoShorter 

New program gives 10 faculty the opportunity to develop their ideas under the guidance of Startup UCLA staff and other experts. WACD's David Delgado Shorter (pictured left) speaking at the UCLA Faculty Innovation Fellows pitch showcase about his searchable database of healing approaches from around the world. Photo by Aneri Chouhan/UCLA.

Click here to read the story.

clementine_bordeaux 

Clementine Bordeaux recently was awarded a Cobell Education Scholarship for the 2019/2020 academic year. The scholarship is authorized through a fund by the Cobell Settlement (2009) and is designed to provide financial assistance to American Indian students. Clementine will utilize the funds to support her third year of doctoral studies. Her research investigates how the Lakota cultural concept of Mitákuye Oyásʼiŋ is foundational to Lakota ontology and will discuss how the concept is appropriated and performed in urban settings. 

arushisingh 

PhD Candidate Arushi Singh been selected as a recipient for a prestigious and competitive AAUW (American Association of University Women) International Doctoral Fellowship in the amount of $20000 for the 2019-20 award year. Founded in 1881, AAUW is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, due to the generosity and legacy of generations of AAUW members.

 

alessandrawilliams 

In fall 2019, WACD alum Dr. Alessandra Williams will begin her tenure track appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Dance Department of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. She will be teaching Introduction to Dance Studies, Oral History and Performance, Dance History: World Survey, History of Creative Engagement, Graduate Technique (Yorchhā, contemporary Indian dance). She will also be advising graduate thesis projects. 

professorbryonnbain 

WACD faculty Bryonn Bain is nominated for Best One Person Show for his show "Lyrics from Lockdown." The show also has a nomination for best director (Gina Belafonte). Over the years, the NAACP Theatre Festival has proven to be a significant contributor in building the Los Angeles Arts communities and crossing bridges in the relatively tight-knit but expansive world of Theatre. For artists of color, this Festival provides a cultural landscape for them to highlight their creative expression as well as theatrical performances while producing workshops involving collaborations with Theatre Groups from home and abroad, building essential skills and sharing experiences. The Festival is a great networking tool. The 28th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Show is June 17th at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

Click here for more information and tickets.

dannyglover 

CALL TO ACTION

*Dinner Reception & Welcome: Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin, UCLA School of Law and Dean Brett Steele, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture Glorya Kaufman Hall, UCLA 5pm
*Keynote Address with Danny Glover, GK Hall, 5:45pm
*Live Performance Showcase, GK Hall, 6:30pm


*OUR MISSION Connecting Art and Law for Liberation (CALL) is the inaugural art and law festival hosted by UCLA School of Law’s Prison Law and Policy Program, Criminal Justice Program, and the Prison Education Program at UCLA. CALL would also not be possible without the generous support of the California Arts Council.

*This is a CALL to action to end mass incarceration, by sharing innovative, cutting-edge collaborations at the intersection of art and law, and by uniting communities through various art mediums while simultaneously developing and disseminating new advocacy strategies. On April 12-14, 2019, join visionary artists, activists, attorneys, advocates, legal scholars, and community members at UCLA to share innovative, cutting-edge collaborations at the intersection of ART and LAW - aimed at developing and disseminating new strategies to end mass incarceration.


Location: Kaufman Hall, Registration Required, Events are Free and Open to the Public, Click here for tickets and more information.

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.

blackhistoryandculture 

Black History and Culture. Celebrate Black History Month 2019 by exploring the influence of black history on dance. Featuring WACD alum Kenji Igus and WACD faculty David Rousseve and Kyle Abraham. Click here to read the full article from the Google Arts & Culture.

passagesatthesnowdenhouse 

Featuring choregraphy by WACD's Cheng-Chieh Yu. Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House, possible Black Dahlia murder site, becomes a performance stage. This unusual gathering isn’t a dream, but a rehearsal for the immersive installation “Passages at the Sowden House,” organized by homeLA, which is a project that creates site-specific performances in private homes around Los Angeles. Led by artist and dancer Rebecca Bruno, the project will stage two public events at the 1920s Sowden House over the weekend, featuring a mix of dance, live music, performance art, sculpture and film. photo by Carolyn Cole

Click here to read the full article from the Los Angeles Times.

professorbryonnbain 

Spectrum News 1 anchor Giselle Fernandez's prime-time series LA Stories catches up with a UCLA professor on the forefront of arts activism and justice reform. Bryonn Bain takes the LA Stories cameras inside his innovative classroom and on-stage for his critically acclaimed one-man show at the prestigious Kennedy Center. Bain reveals to Giselle about how as a Harvard student, an unwarranted arrest set him on an unplanned path to use spoken word, theater, and hip-hop to found a ground-breaking prison education program. Giselle discovers that Bain is not only transforming the lives of UCLA students, but that he is also helping many incarcerated people in Southern California find redemption with newly discovered creative expression.

Click here to watch.

danfrootapap 

Dan Froot recently completed an 18-month assignment as a Group Leader for 25 mid-career arts leaders in the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ (APAP) Leadership Fellows Program, headed up by Ken Foster. Dan, his fellow group leaders and the 25 fellows presented their findings at a plenary session of the 2019 APAP conference in New York. Here they are looking relieved after the plenary was finished!

wacdchairdanfroot 

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.

kyleabrahamphotobytatianawills 

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.

janetoshea 

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.

simoneforti 

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.

pollyroberts19592018 

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.

janetoshea 

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.

tenquestions 

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.

professorbryonnbain 

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.

chairdanfroot 

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.

tula230150 

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.

clementinebordeaux 

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.

   

kamiloshundara 

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

rebecapolly

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.

firsthand2018 

 

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.

 piagilbert

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.

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Mon Sep 23 @ 8:00AM
Fall Quarter Begins
Mon Sep 23 @11:00AM
WACD Undergraduate Welcome Session
Tue Sep 24 @12:00PM
New WACD Graduates Meet with Dr. O'Shea
Tue Sep 24 @ 2:00PM
New WACD Graduate Students Meeting
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
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...
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Mon Sep 23 @ 8:00AM
Fall Quarter Begins
Mon Sep 23 @11:00AM
WACD Undergraduate Welcome Session
Tue Sep 24 @12:00PM
New WACD Graduates Meet with Dr. O'Shea
Tue Sep 24 @ 2:00PM
New WACD Graduate Students Meeting
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
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...