Laurel Jenkins Tentindo’s Dance Theater Works

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Laurel Jenkins Tentindo’s Dance Theater Works capturing archetypal imagery, and featuring live music by Miguel Frasconi January 30th & 31st (Fri & Sat) 2015

Shows are Friday and Saturday, January 30th and 31st at 8:30 pm, 2015.


UCLA WACD faculty presenting at "Bells of Change - Film and Contemporary Performance from India" - UCSB Jan.16, 2015



UCLA WACD faculty presenting at "Bells of Change - Film and Contemporary Performance from India" - UCSB Jan.16, 2015

 The Department of Theater and Dance, the UCIRA, the Talwar Family and Yardi Systems presents a Festival of Dance and Music, Film and Contemporary Performances from India, alongside an all-day scholarly conference filled with artists' roundtables, film showings, lecture-demonstrations and keynote lectures exploring the critical issues facing Indian dance art since India's Independence from Britain in 1947. A rich world of ornate costumes, instruments, solo and group dancing, accompanied by live musicians, Dance in India presents two professional companies on Wednesday and Thursday, January 14 and 15, in the UCSB Hatlen Theater.


Congrats to WACD Emerita Dr. Emma Lewis Thomas

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Congratulations to WACD Emerita Dr. Emma Lewis Thomas on receiving the acknowledgement of her significant translation work on an article focused on Alwin Nikolais, published in the German Tanz Magazine:


WACD Grad students Jeremy Peretz and Elaine Sullivan featured in UFAHAMU


WACD Grad students Jeremy Peretz and Elaine Sullivan featured in UFAHAMU

UFAHAMU: A Journal of African
Studies releases latest South Africa Special Edition


Hidden Choreographies by Regent's Professor Lea Anderson

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"Hidden Choreographies," a collaboration between the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance was recently featured in the Daily Bruin.


Rose Eichenbaum Book Signing @ Chevalier's

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WACD Alum Rose Eichenbaum Book Signing @ Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 9004 Saturday, December 13, 2014 3pm-5pm


Poetics & Politics: A Documentary Research Symposium

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MAY 15 - 17, 2015

This symposium invites participants whose work frames, historicizes, or embodies questions about the various possible relations of theory to practice in documentary research.  Currently accepting presentation proposals.

click here for more information 

David Gere featured in UCLA magazine

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David Gere featured in UCLA magazine. See the story here: http://magazine.ucla.edu/depts/forward-thinker/art-as-activist/

Photo by Diana Koenigsberg.

Robert Een at the Brooklyn Central Library

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WACD's Robert Een will be performing Sunday, November 2 at 4pm at Brooklyn Central Library.
First solo concert in New York in five years!


d. Sabela Grimes named 2014 United States Artists Fellow

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d. Sabela Grimes named 2014 United States Artists Fellow

Read the notice here: http://www.unitedstatesartists-2014fellows.org/#/d-sabela-grimes/

2014 United States Artists Fellows Announced Artists receive $50,000 unrestricted grants across 8 disciplines October 13, 2014 - United States Artists (USA) is pleased to announce the 34 new USA Fellows for 2014. Each artist or collaborative will receive an award of $50,000 to support his or her practice and professional development, opening up exciting creative possibilities through the transformative power of unrestricted financial support.


Jeremy Pertz in Guyanese News

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WAC/D MA/PhD student Jeremy Peretz in Guyanese News. 

Culture and Performance MA/PhD student Jeremy Peretz was featured in a photo in Guyana’s Stabroek News in an article addressing the President’s recent visit to Los Angeles.


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WACD MFA student Julio Ulises Medina featured in the New York Times. See the full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/upshot/a-national-admissions-office-for-low-income-strivers.html?_r=1&abt=0002&abg=1#

UCLA Dance Ethnology alums at the 28th Symposium of ICTM's Study Group Dance on Ethnochoreology, held in Croatia

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UCLA Dance Ethnology alums at the 28th Symposium of ICTM's Study Group Dance on Ethnochoreology, held in Croatia

from left to right:

Edith (Edy) Greenblatt, Elsie Ivancich Dunin, Jan Elliott, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Nadine Dougan Krstic, Miriam Phillips, Anne von Bibra Wharton -- (missing from photo: Helene Eriksen).

Permission granted by Pegge Vissicaro, photographer of picture taken 10 July 2014.


Review: African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

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LACMA's African Cosmos: Stellar Arts exhibit organized by WACD's Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts is reviewed by ArtDaily. Read it here: http://artdaily.com/news/72345/First-major-exhibition-to-explore-the-historical-legacy-of-African-cultural-astronomy-opens-at-LACMA#.U_umlUhbuHl

Review: Kevin Williamson's Lost Boys

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MFA candidate Kevin Williamson's Lost Boy recieves outstanding review. Check it out here: http://www.heatherdance.com/2014/08/the-lost-boys.html

Leenora Lee Celebrates 7th Anniversary Season


OPENING THIS WEEK! WACD BA alum Lenora Lee ('98)-- 7th anniversary season in San Francisco. For more information and tickets click here: http://www.lenoraleedance.com/2014/07/lenora-lee-dance-7th-anniversary-season-926-105/

Peter Sellars in the New York Times

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WACD Professor Peter Sellars directed only one of two productions of "A Midsummers Night's Dream" at the Stratford Skakespeare Festival, but his touch can be seen on both.  Read full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/theater/beyond-shakespeares-wildest-dreams.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

WACD Choreographers featured in LA Weekly

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WACD adjunct professors Wilfried Souly and D. Sabela grimes performances at the New Original Works Festival are featured in the LA Weekly. Read it here: http://www.laweekly.com/2014-08-07/theater/redcats-new-original-works-festival-from-a-table-puppet-show-to-a-hip-hop-ballet/

Photo credit: "Saana/the Foreigner", by Wilfried Souly. Presented as part of REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival, 2014. Photo by Steve Gunther © CalArts.

Stardust @ CSULB 09/27/14


David Roussève/REALITY
Sat, Sept. 27, 2014 at 8pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center

“...a transcendent coming-of-age tale... #plz go.”
-Victoria Looseleaf, The LA Times


Zipporah Lax Yamamoto


Congrats to WACD PhD alum Zipporah Lax Yamamoto who accepted a position as the California Program Director of Turnaround Arts, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Find out more information about Turnaround Arts here: http://turnaroundarts.pcah.gov/ and the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/20/committee-arts-and-humanities-announces-expansion-turnaround-arts-progra

Mistake Room

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Congratulations to WACD alum Cesar Garcia for his latest achievement! - see extensive article on the opening of The Mistake Room in the L.A. Times-- http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80834797/ 

(photo by Ryan Orange) 

David Rousseve named Associate Dean

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Professor David Roussève, Professor of Choreography and former Chair in the Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance, has accepted the position of Associate Dean, Academic Affairs for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, effective July 2014. He succeeds Professor Barbara Drucker, who has served in this role since 2008 and has assumed a new position as Associate Dean, Community Engagement and Arts Education.


Alex Mathews named new DRC ED

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Congrats to WACD alum Alex Mathews who was named the new Executive Director of the Dance Resource Center in Los Angeles. 


TFF Screenings


Our very own Cari Ann Shim Sham*, UCLA WAC 180 Dance For Camera and MFA Alum,  has taken over the lead producer and programmer position for the Topanga Film Festival this year, as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary.Part of the programming includes a dance component, Friday July 18 6-10pm, with the feature documentary, OFF THE FLOOR, featuring WAC Undergrad Alum Jessica Anderson-Gwin and her company Jagged who formed the first ever contemporary Pole Dance company, pioneering a new dance genre.


Samad Guerra


WACD's graduating senior Samad Guerra is featured in the Daily Bruin speaking about his upcoming summer participating in the Fulbright Program. See the complete story here: http://dailybruin.com/2014/06/09/bruin-pursues-music-dance-curriculum-with-fulbright-program/ 

Laurel Tentindo Image Action

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Choreography by MFA2 student Laurel Jenkins Tentindo 

Performers take a kinesthetic journey through a sonic field created by Miguel Frasconi’s instrumentarium of glass objects.  Physical edges extend via an interplay between Maria Garcia’s paper costumes and shadows cast by mobile lights.  The resulting large-scale imagery evokes idiosyncratic characters who conjure up a modern-day mythology. 


Samantha Goodman's Excerpts & Empty Gestures LIVE

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MFA3 student Samantha Goodman presents: 


Excerpts & Empty Gestures is a two part evening of video installation and live performance, conceived by Los Angeles based choreographer Samantha Goodman. The evening gathers collaborators: Jil Stein, Ted Byrnes, and Philip Carter to generate new explorations in the intersections between dance, sound, and moving image. Excerpts & Empty Gestures engages with ideas of fragmentation of the body and space.



First Hand 2014


Title: First Hand: In-progress choreography from WAC/Dance Faculty

When: June 6th & 7th, 2014 at 8pm

UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Culture/Dance proudly presents an evening of new choreography, in-progress dances and repertory works by four national and international leading contemporary and hip hop dance makers: Lorenzo“Rennie”Harris, Michel Kouakou, Ros Warby, Lionel Popkin, and Cheng-Chieh Yu.



Kim Fahey Anarchitect Exhibit


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.

Peter Sellars Polar laureate

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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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