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Remembering Donald McKayle

Donald McKayle was a legend in dance, with a long list of accolades, awards and accomplishments well-documented after his recent passing. But those of us who were lucky enough to be his students, either in a classroom or rehearsal studio, know he displayed his greatest talent in his role of master teacher.

here are hundreds, if not thousands, of dancers around the world who were lucky enough to work with him and many have stories they'd like to share. These are not necessarily stories of a man who won Tonys or broke through walls in the world of modern dance, but stories of their teacher, Donald McKayle.

I am one of them. I met Mr. McKayle in 2004 when I was a graduate student in dance at the University of California, Irvine. I was his teaching assistant for two years while studying at UCI and, upon graduation, he asked me to begin restaging his works around the country.

He was also the man who performed the wedding ceremony for my husband and me. I'll never...

Women Fighting Sexism in Jazz Have a Voice. And Now, a Code of Conduct.

The We Have Voice Collective, a new group of female and non-binary musicians in jazz and experimental music, plans to release a Code of Conduct on Tuesday that aims to build upon the conversations sparked by jazz’s own #MeToo movement, clearly articulating what a more equitable workplace might look like and setting expectations for change.

The first wave of adoptees includes Winter Jazzfest in Manhattan, the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music and Biophilia Records. The flutist Nicole Mitchell, a collective member, suggested that adherence to the document could become “a mark of distinction, and a certain kind of elegance” for institutions in the jazz world.

A Map To The Line, And How Not To Cross It: A Code Of Conduct For The Performing Arts

This past fall, when news of the Harvey Weinstein scandal was galvanizing the #MeToo movement, some of us who work in the performing arts had a peculiar experience: Colleagues started asking if they'd sexually harassed us. A few of these colleagues may have been attempting to head off allegations, but many of them genuinely didn't know if they'd crossed a line.

There are 14 musicians, all connected to the jazz world, who came together to address this concern in a specific way. They have formed a collective, calling it We Have Voice, with the purpose of sharing their priorities. Now, the group has created a document to bring attention to its mission.

Some of these musicians were old friends; some were only vaguely familiar to one another. As friends and colleagues spoke, their network grew to include 14 women: Fay Victor, Ganavya Doraiswamy, Imani Uzuri, Jen Shyu, Kavita Shah, Linda May Han Oh, María Grand, Nicole Mitchell, Okkyung Lee, Rajna Swaminathan, Sara Serpa...

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.


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. 


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.