Welcome Erica Angarano


We are pleased to announce that Erica Angarano has accepted the position of Administrative Coordinator for WACD. Erica starts on November 2nd, 2015. Most of you already know Erica, as she acquired her BA in Dance from our department in June 2014.


Yes to Bodies

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Yes To Bodies 

Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater ~ 11/06/15 @7PM ~ Features work choreographed and performed by WAC/D students as they thoughtfully investigate the relationships between body and mind, dancer and viewer, and art and life as inspired by Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto. FREE

The Wong Street Journal

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Kristina Wong: The Wong Street Journal
Including Post-performance Q&A and Reception
Join us and other UCLA Arts alumni for UCLA alumna Kristina Wong’s sharply hilarious solo performance The Wong Street Journal! Part psychedelic TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part nonsense. On a charmingly crude hand sewn set made from the finest discount felt, Wong breaks down such complex issues as click bait, global poverty, privilege and economic theory, using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting hand-crafted slideshows.  Click here for more info.

Taiwan Spotlight in the Daily Bruin

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Choreographers reunite in two-part showcase ‘My Dear and Displacement.’ The modern dance piece, “My Dear,” is from a two-part showcase titled “My Dear and Displacement II.” Hsiao-Mei Ho, associate professor of dance at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, choreographed “My Dear,” and Cheng-Chieh Yu, an associate professor in the world arts and cultures/dance department at UCLA, choreographed “Displacement.” Read the full story in the Daily Bruin. photo by Alyssa Dorn.


Yaping Chen

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Taiwanese dance critic and historian, Yaping Chen (Phd, Performance Studies, NYU) will be in residency in WACD on Oct 19-23 as part of the Spotlight Taiwan Project. Dr. Ya-Ping Chen is currently the Director of Graduate Institute of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts. She is the author of Enquiry into Subjectivity: Modernity, History, Taiwan Contemporary Dance (2011) and recipient of the Taiwan Cultural Award—Critics Award in 2009. Ya-Ping Chen will deliver a talk on “The Use of Empathy: Corporeal Resonances in Arts and their Political-Societal Efficacy” at 12-1pm, Tuesday, Oct 20, in Room 160, Kaufman Hall

Bijayini Satpathy

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World Arts and Cultures/Dance is Proud to Welcome UCLA Regents’ Lecturer Bijayini Satpathy Thursday, October 15 4 pm - Room 200, Kaufman Hall Public Presentation: NRITYAGRAM's DANCE INFORMANCE INFORMAL | INFORMATIVE | PERFORMANCE Discussion moderated by Distinguished Professor Susan Foster Reception to follow in Rainbow Lounge.



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Taiwanese choreographer Hsiao-Mei Ho will be in residency in WACD on Oct 16-23 as part of the Spotlight Taiwan Project.  She will be conducting 5 workshop intensives with 8 selected WACD Dance majors.  The goal of her intensives is to reconstruct/integrate WACD dance students into her work “My Dear”.  The students along with Hsiao-Mei’s two dancers will perform the work on the Oct 23 as part of the SpotLight Taiwan program at 4-6pm in #200.


Malathi Iyengar @ Fowler


WACD alumna Malathi Iyengar featured in the latest edition of the Daily Bruin. Read the full story here. Photo by Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin senior staff.

Theater of the Oppressed


UCLA students travel to Brazil to participate in WACD's Theater of the Oppressed study aboard program. The program was organized by Art & Global Health Center's Robert Gordon. Read the new Daily Bruin article here.

Lionel Popkin New WACD Chair


We welcome the New Department Chair – Professor Lionel Popkin. Professor Lionel Popkin has agreed to serve as Chair of the Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance effective July 1 2015. Popkin will be taking over from Professor Angelia Leung whose excellent leadership has guided the department for many years including her most recent tenure as Chair these past six years (2009-2015) and co-chair for three years prior (2006-2009).


TFF 2015


You are invited to attend the opening Gala Night for the Topanga Film Festival Thursday July 30th 6:30-11pm at the Topanga Community Center.

This year from 6:30-8 we will have circus performers, roving minstrels, food, drink and a live band 8-9 as we open the festival with our fabulous Dance Film Showcase, which screens outdoors under the stars on the ball field 9-10pm with a dance party to follow. 


Bhavantarana screening @ the Fowler

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This summer the Fowler Museum will be hosting free programs that may be of interest to you and your constituents. On Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM, the Fowler is proud to screen Kumar Shahani’s 1991 film Bhavantarana in the Fowler’s Lenart Auditorium. Bhavantarana is centered on Kelucharan Mohapatra, a guru and maestro of the Classical Indian dance style Odissi. This biopic is filmed in an experimental manner that utilizes the camera in choreography, juxtaposing it with scenes from Mohapatra’s life.


Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh @ Electric Lodge


2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the Rangoli Foundation for Art & Culture! In celebration of this landmark occasion, guest artists will join Rangoli Dance Company on-stage for a momentous performance. The event features premieres & acclaimed works from RDC repertory.
Bharatanatyam Classics and Folk Dances by Rangoli Dancers featuring new and traditional choreographic works by Malathi Iyengar & Murali Mohan Kalvakalva (India)


David Rousseve named Interim Dean

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We are pleased to announce that Professor David Roussève has agreed to serve as interim dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture (SOAA), effective July 1, 2015.
A choreographer, writer, director, filmmaker and performer, Professor Roussève joined the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in 1996 as a professor of choreography. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the department’s chair, and last year, he was named SOAA’s associate dean for academic affairs.


Chime Awards 2015


The MJDC is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2015 CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) grants in Southern California. This year, CHIME in Southern California is a 6 month program from January through June 2015.

Entering its final year in Los Angeles County, CHIME in Southern California is a mentorship program for self-selected pairs of choreographers. The 2015 CHIME in Southern California includes UCLA WACD faculty and alum: Robert Een, Alexx Shilling, & Meena Murugesan. Chime Live is Saturday June 13, 2015 8PM @ Live Arts Los Angeles. For more info please click here.

Robert Een @ Roulette


Robert Een at Roulette in Brooklyn, Tuesday, June 23 at 8pm in celebration of thirty-six years performing in New York.

The program will feature the New York premiere of new music I just completed for “Lighthouse”, commissioned by Judy Dworin Performance Project.


First Hand 2015

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What: First Hand, In-progress choreography from WAC/Dance Faculty When: June 5 & 6, 2015 at 8pm Where: Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater Ticketing: $6 general. Purchase at Central Ticketing Office

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 four of the nation’s leading contemporary dance makers: Ann Carlson, Ana Maria Alvarez, Jackie Lopez 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. Carlson and Alvarez are current Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP) artists in residence, with upcoming and much anticipated staging of their work produced as part of the CAP season in 2015-16 in Royce Hall, and the Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater.


Black Lives Matter


WACD graduate student Shamell Bell talks to the Daily Bruin about Black Lives Matter. Click here for the full story. 

Photo by Hannah Ye/Daily Bruin

Martiality, Not Fighting

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WACD Professor Cheng-Chieh Yu and Marianne Kim's new film, "Martiality, Not Fighting" 止戈 has won the Best Short from the Dance Camera West Festival 2015 which was held on Apr 30-May 5. MNF also won the Best Performance from the InShadow Video Festival in Portugal 2014. It has been screened in Film Festivals including: Cina Corps Film Festival/France, InShadow Int. Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies/Portugal, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Asiatica Film Mediale/Rome, Italy, 6th Cairo Video Festival/Egypt, Agite y sirva-7th Screendance Touring Festival in Mexico, as well as cities in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan.

Martiality, Not Fighting is co-commissioned by The Guangdong Modern Dance Company/China and The Jumping Frame International Dance Video Festival/Hong Kong.

De-Code Ming-Shen Ku

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Taiwanese Choreographer, Dean of the School of Dance/Taipei National University of the Art,  Ming-Shen Ku will have a one-week residency in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) on May 18-21, 2015.  Ming-Shen will be guest teaching in several WACD classes including Improvisation and Dance Composition classes both in the Graduate and Undergraduate programs.  Ms Ku will also conduct two workshop intensives focusing on improvisational scores, in collaboration with a LA based Composer/Multi-Instrumentalist Jeff Ali.  A public presentation will be hosted by Prof. Anurima Banerji's Dance 101  Class on May 21 at 11-12:20 pm, which will include, a 15 min solo by Ming Shen, and a 12 min student performed structured improvisation set by Ming Shen and composer Jeff Ali.


Peter Sellars ~ Daily Bruin

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Daily Bruin Q&A: Peter Sellars talks new UCLA project, art’s role in US politics. See the full story here

Photo by: Daniel Alcazar


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The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance presents, Narratives, a showcase that highlights the work of seventeen artists in the 2015 graduating class. Senior projects is a twenty week course for students who have been elected to create works in progress. Narratives includes a variety of mediums such as; spoken word, live music, film, and dance. Those in senior projects have been working on materiel, which range in topics from generational explorations, to questioning social norms, to self-reflection, to artistic experimentation. These seventeen students describe this showcase as residing "where life and art intersect." The performances will take place on May 8, 2015 at 8pm and May 9, 2015 at 3pm and 8pm in the Glorya Kaufman Theatre.


Merima Tricic


WACD student, Merima Tricic, discusses the event she hosted with the Daily Bruin. See the full story here.

Ann Carlson

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We are so very pleased to announce that our own visiting professor, Ann Carlson has been named as a Doris Duke Artist. See more here.

photo by Todd Gilens 

Dance for Veterans

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Congratulations to WACD PhD student Sarah Wilbur (pictured) and MFA alums (Kristen Smiarowski and Christine Suarez) -- just released publication on their work "Dance for Veterans" in Arts & Health, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2015. See more here

Judy Mitoma Aratani

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Judy Mitoma-UCLA’s emerita professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance launches the new trailblazing Aratani World Series the next chapter of her World Festival of Sacred Musicwhich she conceived and implemented (1999-2011). In partnership with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and Mitoma's Foundation for World Arts —the Aratani World Series will produce eight concerts Nov 2014- May 2015.In this inaugural series Mitoma curates a powerful line-up of 100 artists and 15 companies who share music and dance from Africa, India, Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, Bulgaria, Latin America, Java, Brazil, Los Angeles and New York. This will be the first of many years of programming.
Mitoma is joined in this effort by our own Dance Ethnology graduate Anuradha Kishore Ganpati.


Nico DeJesus in Newsies

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WACD Grad Nico DeJesus To Star In Newsies On Stage At Pantages Theatre.

Click here to read the full story.

Janet O'Shea in UCLA Magazine

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UCLA Dance Professor Janet O’Shea found a second love — an obsession, really — in martial arts. She discovered that both forms require thinking with your body, organizing movement and learning to adapt. Click here to read the full interview.

Photo by Naomi Harris 

Polly Nooter Roberts Keynote Speaker @ Komen Race for the Cure

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Polly Nooter Roberts was invited to give the Keynote Survivor Speaker speech at the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Komen Los Angeles Race for the Cure this March 7th at Dodger Stadium (with 15,000 people in attendance!), Lisa Sigell from CBS did a feature story in advance of the Race for her Health segment.


Alessandra Williams


WACD graduate student Alessandra Williams is featured in a new Daily Bruin column entitled: "arTistic Attention." Click here to read the full story.

Photo by Aubrey Yeo Daily Bruin Senior Staff

Spy Boys, Big Chiefs and Feathered Queens: The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans - See it Now in the Rainbow Lounge Kaufman Hall

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See it Now in the Rainbow Lounge at Kaufman Hall 

Spy Boys, Big Chiefs and Feathered Queens: The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans

A Photographic Essay by Jeri Bernadette Williams


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