Faculty In the News

Les Watanabe on Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald McKayle and his life in dance

Les Watanabe interviw with Jamuna Chiarini

Donald McKayle
"When I was at UC Irvine beginning my dance career, a friend of mine said that if I ever had the opportunity, that I should audition for Donald McKayle as she knew we would ‘hit it off.’ Well, a year or so later, I heard that Donald McKayle had relocated to Los Angeles from New York and that he was auditioning for his dance company. Of course, I auditioned…and my friend was right: we did hit it off immediately. So I transferred to Cal Arts, where Donald was teaching.
I began working with his company in the evening, first learning all of his famous works such as Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder, District Storyville and Nocturne. The experience was both fantastic, all consuming and so very demanding.

Rainbow Round My Shoulder, one of Donald’s signature works, is considered one of the most demanding works in modern dance. If done the way it should be done—with passion and commitment— one is forever changed...

With an Eye on the Future, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is Out to Improve the Community

"...Some take place online. In August, center officials invited John Crawford, UC Irvine associate professor of dance and media arts, to collaborate with dancers from Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre, who were at the center to perform in “Tour de Force III.”  Crawford attended a rehearsal with the dancers, introducing them to an interactive digital media system he invented. The center streamed the creative back-and-forth  live on Facebook, attracting nearly 11,000 viewers to this artistic encounter. Dwyer says this, too, is part of the center’s new mission."

Prof. Simon Leung receives 2017 FOCA fellowship

Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is pleased to announce the 2017 FOCAFellowship Awards.  Artists Sean Griffin, Simon Leung, and Susan Silton have been selected to receive an unrestricted award of $10,000, each.

Fellows of Contemporary Art will host an exhibition/reception celebrating Sean Griffin, Simon Leung, and Susan Silton at FOCA’s exhibition space, 970 N. Broadway in Mandarin Plaza, Chinatown, from 6:30pm – 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  An Artists’ Conversation with Moderator Jim Daichendt will start at 7:00 pm in the exhibition space. The exhibition will be open for viewing Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am -5:00pm until April 24, 2017.

Congratulations to UCI alum and faculty on CCF fellowships!

Congratulations to UCI alums Shagha Ariannia,Maura Brewer, Aaron Sandnes, Samira Yamin, and UCI Professor Amanda Ross-Ho on receiving this year’s fellowships for Visual Artists!

Darryl Taylor featured on two CD recordings

 Professor Darryl Taylor is featured on two CD recordings released in December 2016. Love's Signature: Songs for Countertenor and Soprano by Juliana Hall, has Taylor singing the 45 minute song cycle of 12 songs, O Mistress Mine. MSR Records. Radiance in Motion has diverse dong offerings from composer Deon Nielsen Price. Taylor sings tonal and atonal works with harpsichord, viola, and piano on different songs. Cambria Records.

Joe Lewis in Solo Exhibition at The Lodge

Professor of Art Joe Lewis is in a solo exhibition, Mutant Monkey Business, at The Lodge in Los Angeles. The exhibition runs from November 8-15, 2016. LINK.

Bryan Jackson Organized Film Project for At-Risk High School Students

The Kant Institute and the Department of Digital Filmmaking collaborated on the film project Hidden Hallway Stories. The project was designed to promote storytelling and filmmaking with at-risk high school students in the community. The Hidden Hallway Stories was implemented by Lecturer of Art Byran Jackson and Digital Filmmaking Lab Manager David Rincon, and organized in part by alumni Andrew McNeely (MFA 2016). LINK. 

MULTIPLEX DANCE Company Hosting West Hollywood Dance Festival

Assistant Professor of Dance Chad Michael Hall’s dance company, MULTIPLEX DANCE, is hosting the West Hollywood Dance Festival on August 16 – August 20, 2016. The festival offers five exciting days of dance workshops, rehearsals and performances. LINK.

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