Faculty In the News

Kei Akagi performs at the Jazz on the Odra Festival in Wroclaw

Chancellor’s Professor of Music Kei Akagi (piano) performs at the Jazz on the Odra Festival in Wroclaw, Poland on April 28. Joining him will be fellow UCI colleagues Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) and Darek Oles (bass), as well as drummer Tamaya Honda from Tokyo. The group will present music from Akagi’s new album release Aqua Puzzle: Contemporary Asian Perspectives in American Music.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival review: ‘Oklahoma!’ a rousing and poignant work

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical “Oklahoma!” is a beautifully realized experience that dazzles from start to finish. 

The musical numbers here are vibrant and well executed, with a live band led by conductor Daniel Gary Busby bringing this classical score vibrantly alive. 

“Oklahoma!” opened Sunday, April 22 at the Angus Bowmer Theatre at OSF in Ashland, Oregon, and runs until Oct. 27.

Contemplating ‘Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County’ at UC Irvine

The first actress you encounter in the compact lobby exhibit “Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County” at UC Irvine’s Langson Library is Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth. In the reproduction of a painting by John Singer Sargent, Terry wears one of the most notorious costumes in Shakespearean leading-lady history: The dress has a crocheted layer in green wool and metallic blue thread, but its eye-catching iridescence is provided by a thousand green beetles’ wings. (They are routinely shed, not ripped off the insect.)

Simon Leung participating in symposium, Art and Imperialism, at Public School Los Angeles

Simon Leung, Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art, will be participating in the Art and Imperialism symposium at Public School Los Angeles on April 29, 2018.


Why Lar Lubovitch Invited College Students to Perform for His Company's 50th Anniversary

A watershed moment. That's how choreographer Lar Lubovitch recently described his now-classic A Brahms Symphony. Now, a group of 16 George Mason University dance majors are having their own watershed moment with that jubilant work: They will dance it at the venerable Joyce Theater in New York City, where they will close the 50th anniversary season of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company on April 22. It's such a big deal the college president, Angel Cabrera, likened it to when the basketball team made it to the NCAA Final Four.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Celebrating 50th Anniversary

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will be celebrating their 50th anniversary at The Joyce April 17–22 with a world premiere and signature works by the revered master choreographer. The Martha Graham Dance Company and the Joffrey Ballet will also appear to present works by Lubovitch in honor of this rare milestone. (Tickets start at $10)

Simon Leung Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Simon Leung, Professor and Associate Chair of graduate studies in the Department of Art, will be resident faculty at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculputre this summer.

Simon Leung to give lecture at Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis

Simon Leung, Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art, is giving a lecture, Simon Leung: To squat a country, to find the next Bed. at the Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis on April 20, 2018. 


Lar Lubovitch: Confessions of a Former Go-Go Dancer

The choreographer Lar Lubovitch didn’t discover dance until college, where he had gone in hopes of becoming a painter. The impulse to fill a canvas hasn’t left him. When he describes making a dance, he does so not only in kinetic terms but through the prism of painting: “I’m reacting to the effect the music has on me and making that visual by painting the space and the time that the music is occupying,” he said recently over lunch at a cafe near his Chelsea apartment.

Lar Lubovitch On Using Creative Blocks to His Advantage

Since starting his company in 1968, Lar Lubovitch has stood at the forefront of modern dance—although he is hesitant to label his work as "modern."

"I've always felt I've been making dances," he says. "I've always called them dances and I've never been one to exclude any language of movement. When I'm making a dance it's sort of an essay of all the movement I have in my body of all the dance I've studied."

After 50 years of creating dances, his work is still as technical and humanistic as ever.