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RDT's Season Of MANIFEST DIVERSITY Opens With The Poignant Choreography Of The Late Donald McKayle

The nation's oldest and most successful modern dance repertory company opens their 53rd season of dance in Salt Lake City with SPIRIT, October 4-6, 2018 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

The centerpiece for this timely performance is Rainbow Round My Shoulder by the late Donald McKayle. Created in 1959, the acclaimed modern dance classic is a searing dramatic narrative set on a chain gang in the American south. Rainbow features seven men set as prisoners working and breaking rock from "can see to can't see." Their aspirations for freedom come in the guise of a woman, first as a vision then as a remembered sweetheart, mother, and wife. The songs that accompany their arduous labor are rich in polyphony and tell a bitter, sardonic, and tragic story.

Nicole Mitchell - Black Earth & Monsoon Blues

Over the last decade Nicole Mitchell has proved herself a progressive force to be reckoned with, recording a slew of albums where quality matches quantity. Her Mandorla Awakening 11 Emerging Worlds was one of the key releases of 2017 and she continues the rich vein of form with a new set, Maroon Cloud. In a wide ranging discussion with Kevin Le Gendre, Mitchell talks about the gender (im)balance in jazz, the importance of Chicago's venerable AACM and the need to speak out in the age of social media.

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UCR Arts Exhibition Examines Architecture and Painting

A new exhibition heading to UCR Arts invites viewers to contemplate the distinctions between architecture and painting.

Kevin Appel’s paintings explore the relationship between architecture and the painted image. Using photographs of tangled rebar as a ground on which to build his painting, he applies layers of paint that act as screens, compressing the perceived space and bringing to the forefront the inseparability of an artwork’s medium and the final image.

Summer Reading List by Faculty and Alumni

With summer here, we thought we would share summer read recommendations by faculty and alumni.


Books by Faculty

“György Ligeti’s Cultural Identities” by Amy Bauer (Associate Professor of Music), Márton Kerékfy.

"Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art and Embodiment" by Simon Penny (Professor of Art)


Alumni Recommended Reads

“Vintage” by David Baker. This fictional adventure-comedy is about a restaurant critic who is trying to resurrect his career by chasing down the secret to a famous vintage of Burgundy stolen more than 60-years ago by the Nazis.  Read it before the movie.

Recommended by Ivan Williams, M.B.A. 1996, Dean’s Art’s Council President, and Anteaters in the Arts member


“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson. A non-fiction humor book about a woman and her lifelong battle with mental illness

Recommended by Elizabeth Beach, B.A. Art 2012


A Second Quadrille Set to Start the Joyce Theater Season

The coming season at the Joyce Theater will include the returns of Twyla Tharp and the “NY Quadrille,” as well as a dance play starring James Whiteside and a debut program from Beth Gill.

To inaugurate the season in late September, five companies and choreographers, including Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M., Ms. Gill and the Donna Uchizono Company, will join together for the second edition of “NY Quadrille,” organized and designed by Lar Lubovitch, UCI Distinguished Professor of Dance. As it was for the first “Quadrille,” a special stage will be constructed for the three-week engagement to allow the audience to view the performances from four sides.

Simon Penny publishes " Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art, and Embodiment"

Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art, and Embodiment By Simon Penny. Why embodied approaches to cognition are better able to address the performative dimensions of art than the dualistic conceptions fundamental to theories of digital computing.

In Perfect Harmony

In Perfect Harmony - UC Irvine

L.A. Theater Review: Tom Hanks in ‘Henry IV’

Professor Holly Poe Durbin is the costume designer for Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ presentation of “Henry IV.”

Rauch delivers a rousing ‘Oklahoma!’

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Bill Rauch’s production of “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers and Hammerstein is a total delight. That’s not too surprising; when you put together a person of Rauch’s creative insight and a classic musical as vaunted as this one, it’s bound to please, and it does, with a warm audience reception that manifests with roaring applause from the very first song and continues until the end of the show. Costuming is wonderful, and casting is spectacular — and a talented sextet under conductor Daniel Gary Busby provides superb accompaniment to the action.

Center Stage: Alvin Ailey American Dance Dazzles at Segerstrom Center

This opening night for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts was different than others. There was the same buzzing energy and the house was packed, as usual, but as the lights dimmed and straggling audience members rushed to take their seats, a sentimental mood set in.

It was announced that the company would perform the show in dedication to the late Donald McKayle, a renowned choreographer who set numerous works for the company. McKayle, a longtime dance teacher at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, had just passed away a week earlier.