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Please visit the new Kim Fahey Anarchitect Exhibit NOW through May 27 in Kaufman Hall's Rainbow Lounge. Presented by the Visonary Art Museum of Los Angeles, a project of Community Partners, in conjunction with WAC #22 with Professor Peter Tokofsky.

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Peter Sellars has been named the 2014 Polar Music Prize laureate. see the full story here: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27321751

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Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore is hitting the road again. When it premiered last spring, The Washington Post loved it, saying that  “Popkin has a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark.”

June 12-14, 2014 (Thursday-Saturday) @8:30pm

REDCAT, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

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UNSPOKEN CONVERSATION  - May 10th – presented by 
WACD Adjunct faculty Viji Prakash’s dance company and WACD emerita Lynn Dally’s company.

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Using the Tools of Critical Race Theory and Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism

SAVE THE DATE!! - MAY 6, 12-1 PM, 200 GKH -
Special department-wide talk!

Through the efforts of WACD Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs, Vic Marks, Professor Danny Solorzano will be presenting his research on micro-aggression to us in the form of a “Town Hall" on Tuesday, May 6 from 12-1 pm, in room 200 Kaufman Hall. Dr. Solorzano is an extremely significant voice in a set of discussions that are lighting up all over campus, regarding systemic discrimination and bias, and how might faculty, staff, and students join in any efforts to address these issues.

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UCLA's Center for Performance Studies invites you to join us for the Prop Q Series this spring, comprised of films, roundtables, live performances, and guest lectures by prominent scholars who have impacted the field of queer theory and artists who highlight queer issues in their creative practice. Featured presenters include performance artists Julie Tolentino, D’Lo and Rafael Esparza, theatre director Katherine Hui-ling Chou, NYU professor Gayatri Gopinath, and film director Cheryl Dunye.

 

Visit http://www.tft.ucla.edu/center-for-performance-studies-prop-q/ for performance dates and details.

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UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, 3/22/14 **MFA candidates receive recognition for their work! UCLA well-represented at the Western Regional American College Dance Festival** CONGRATULATIONS to our MFA students:

Chankethya (Kethya) Chey presented her solo My Mother and I; Laurel Tentindo and Kevin Williamson presented their duet Neanderthal versus Cyborg. They represented UCLA WACD at the adjudicated concerts in the Western Regional American College Dance Festival, held at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ on March 12-15. Over 500 participants from numerous schools attended the four–day festival, with many classes, workshops, and film screening each day, two informal concerts, and four adjudicated concerts (12 works per show) from which 12 works were selected by the adjudicators Rachel Leonard, David Shimotakahara, and Wendy Perron for the final Gala Concert. Also, presented was a solo set on a University of Hawaii student, by WACD adjunct faculty member Viji Prakash. There were a good handful of other UCLA WACD alums at the festival who were faculty members representing other institutions.

sm Harris 32 In Summer, visiting students from everywhere join UCLA students for an exceptional academic and cultural experience. With a simple registration process, UCLA and visiting students from California and the rest of the world can enroll directly in UCLA courses. Click here for a list of classes and institutes from the Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance.

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New Show by WACD Alum Sheetal Gandhi coming soon. "Bahu-Beti-Biwi" on Feb 6th @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

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WACD student Joseph Brandel wins best story and production design for his short film, "Setsunasa Burger" in the Campus MovieFest. Watch the film & get the full story here: http://dailybruin.com/2013/11/20/setsunasa-burger-wins-best-story-production-design-at-campus-moviefest/

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WACD Emerita Emma Lew Thomas  - in Berlin, October 21, 2013.

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 Lost Boys - Live Performance by Kevin Williamson happening this week!

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UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures /Dance presents 

MFA Upstarts Series Presents Meena Murugesan

Friday, November 22, 2013
Two shows: 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, Glorya Kaufman Hall - Amber Dance Studio - Room 208

davidshorterCongratulations to WACD faculty Dr. David Delgado Shorter! This is a week of special events featuring Dr. Shorter.

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WACD Professor Mary (Polly) Roberts is featured in the Daily Bruin — Read more: http://dailybruin.com/2013/10/08/professor-brings-travel-curatorial-experience-to-class/

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Lutu Chuktiwa: Cutting the Cord film premiere on Thursday, October 17th at 3pm in Kaufman Hall #200.

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Don Cosentino – emeritus – will be giving the Keynote Address at the International Colloquium X (Oct.18-20) at Harvard University – When Earth Meets – Healing Rites & Sacred Knowledge in Haiti and Beyond. He will also be in Quebec City on November 5 for Opening of the "Haiti in Extremis" exhibition (which he co-curated) at the Museum of Civilization.

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“WACD Faculty Polly Roberts’ exhibition ‘Shaping Power’ at LACMA receives top reviews”

Congratulations to Yehuda Sharim.  Not only did he graduate this Spring 2013 with his PhD in Culture and Performance, but he has also received a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies at Rice University.

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This year, WACD welcomed Faye Driscoll, first choreographer for UCLA's brand new Residency Project for Movement (RPM). UCLA RPM 2012 from H&H Films.

Appointed U.S. Commissioner to the 13th International Cairo Biennale, the premiere international contemporary art exhibition in the Middle East. click here for details

New York Times features "Through Positive Eyes" photographs by Art|Global Health Center. click here for details.

Hello to all — I hope this finds you well and in good cheer. The following is a letter Dean Waterman and I have written to share with all of you. This letter acknowledges the generous gift Glorya Kaufman has given to USC recently. Ms. Kaufman has also been a generous donor to our department. The letter addresses a couple of misconceptions written in recent L.A. Times articles on Ms. Kaufman’s USC gift regarding our program in dance and reaffirms our commitment to dance within the larger context of our diverse communities and interdisciplinary studies.

Thank you for your continued support of the mission of this department. Please do send us updates on your work in your respective communities.

Wishing you the very best for the coming the new year,



Angelia Leung, Chair
UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance
150 Glorya Kaufman Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
310-206-1336

CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER

WACD emeritus Don Cosentino delivers a lecture at the American Folklore Society Meetings in New Orleans, LA.

Click here for more details

UCLA Professor Receives Grant for Ethnographic Film -

Dr. David Shorter, Associate Professor in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, has received a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA). Announced on December 20th, this grant enables Shorter to complete the narration for his ethnographic film, Cutting the Cord. Seven years in the making, Cutting the Cord focuses on the “lutu pahko” ceremony of the Yoeme Indians living in Sonora, Mexico. Shorter and filmmaker Eliot Fisher traveled to Potam Pueblo to record the four day ritual with the community’s permission since the ceremony was for Shorter’s deceased, long-time fieldwork collaborator. The film marks the first time this ritual had ever been recorded, a primary reason that the National Science Foundation funded the original filming.

Applying a “crowdsourcing” approach to the film’s narration, Shorter is combining more traditional ethnographic narration with the voices of Yoeme community members who comment on the film in real time, as they are watching the film. Such an approach, Shorter notes, “brings the collaborative uses of technology to bear on who gets to interpret culture; insider voices compete with and then slowly become primary by the end of the film.” The film, then, works as both an ethnography and a commentary on ethnographic representation. “By the end, we realize that we may be moving from grieving the loss of old-school anthropology to celebrating our survival without it.” You can visit Dr. Shorter’s website here: www.davidshorter.com.

The UCIRA supports embedded arts research through critical exchange. Through community education, a range of grant opportunities, and research initiatives, the UCIRA is committed to supporting risk-taking research and cutting-edge arts practices between University of California artists and off-campus communities, organizations, and agencies. Learn more about UCIRA here: http://www.ucira.ucsb.edu.



Politics in Art Forms Conference Feb 7 & 8. Co-organized by Anurima Banerji and faculty from UCLA, USC, and the University of Paris 8. Artists and scholars meet and discuss the relationships between art forms and politics:

Are some arts formats, genres and disciplines easier to politicize than others? Under what conditions can art become a vector for political and civic messages? To what extent is politicization in art appropriate and legitimate in the creators’ eyes? What are the relationships between artistic innovation and political/social critique? How have they changed over time?

The participants draw from their recent artistic or academic work to debate on panels and with the audience around such questions. Music, dance, film and visual arts at large are at the heart of this stimulating public conversation.

Click here for additional information.

Inspired by the career of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore strives to address acts of cultural sourcing, representation, and transmission. With wit, piles of fabric, a microphone, 3 dancers, 2 musicians, and a leaf blower, Lionel Popkin asks: was Ruth's Orientalism an act of cultural appropriation or a legitimate examination of sources of dance? Can a century of perspective help the contemporary choreographer reach his own point of equilibrium? Performed by Popkin, Emily Beattie, and Carolyn Hall and featuring an original score by accordionist Guy Klucevsek - played live by Klucevsek and violinist Mary Rowell in DC and Pittsburgh, and Todd Reynolds in Philadelphia - this premiere sweeps across an array of metaphorical hints and an extravaganza of textiles. Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl, costume and set design by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario with video artist, cari ann shim sham*.

Dance Place, Washington DC
Saturday, March 2, 8pm & Sunday, March 3, 7pm
tickets, directions, additional info:
http://www.danceplace.org/dance-performances/lionel-popkin/

The Painted Bride, Philadelphia
Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9, 8pm
tickets, directions, additional info:
http://www.paintedbride.org/dance-with-the-bride/lionel-popkin’s-ruth-doesnt-live-here-anymore/

Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh
Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16, 8pm
tickets, directions, additional info:
http://kelly-strayhorn.org/events/popkin-ruth/

Congratulations to David Shorter. The Committee on Teaching has selected David to be one of this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate faculty. To read the letter click here.

UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance invites applications for Hothouse 2013 providing work space for Los Angeles choreographers in the creation of new work.

Purpose: UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is pleased to announce the ninth annual Hothouse Program scheduled for August 19-September 6. The “Hothouse” concept was developed by UCLA faculty member Victoria Marks to support the creation of new work by Los Angeles choreographers and to encourage interactive exchange during the creative process.

Hothouse provides a residency for the creation of new work for six local choreographers at UCLA's Glorya Kaufman Hall. Each choreographer/performance artist will be invited to use studio space free of charge for 4 hours/day, 5 days/week for three weeks (8/19-9/6).

In exchange for the Hothouse residency, artists are asked to share their work through informal presentations on the final day of the residency. In addition, artists will share some part of their work/creative process with WACD students and faculty during the subsequent months of the academic year, 2013-14

When: The residency period is August 19- September 6,2013, Monday-Friday for three weeks.

Who: Los Angeles-based choreographers, body-based performance artists are invited to apply.

Costs: The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance is pleased to offer rehearsal space free of charge and one parking space in the UCLA parking lot per day/per group. (Additional parking in UCLA lots costs $11/car for a full day.) All artists will participate in a potluck lunch on Fridays in Kaufman Hall.

Interaction: Hothouse is designed to give LA artists the necessary space for the creation of new work. In addition, it is an opportunity to build artistic community. We require that all participants join us for a collegial and delicious lunch each Friday, and that all attend the full day of showings scheduled for Friday, September 6th.

Dancers: We are continuing our successful “Hothouse Dancers” program, drawn from WACD undergraduate students. These students will audition in Spring 2013. If you wish to participate in Hothouse but do not have access to a group of dancers, be sure to let us know in your application.

Future credit: We ask that for all performances of the work created at UCLA, the following credit be given:

"The development of (name of work) was supported in part by the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Hothouse Program."

Application process: An application form may be downloaded by clicking here. Look for Hothouse on the front page. 
Applications must be received by Monday, April 8, 2013 Send applications via email to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; subject heading “Hothouse application”

or

Hothouse Selection Committee 
UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures 
120 Westwood Plaza, Suite 150 
Box 951608 
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Questions: Please contact the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance by telephone at 310-825-3951 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the application process. (subject heading: Hothouse Program Question)

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After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
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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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