Faculty In the News

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.

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.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! Opens April 22 with Daniel Gary Busby as Music Director

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch, on April 22 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Preview performances are April 18, 20 and 21, and the musical runs through Oct. 27. Music direction for Oklahoma! is by Daniel Gary Busby.


The visual arts department welcomed Jesse Colin Jackson for a week of creation and education as Artist-in-Residence, turning the visual arts center into a fun and interactive hub for creative construction.

Mr. Jackson is an assistant professor of art at the University of California, Irvine, and brought his interactive project “Marching Cubes” to the Alisa and William Reising Gallery. The project consists of hundreds of 3D-printed magnetic shapes that allow for endless creative possibilities.

Mr. Jackson engaged students with his “Marching Cubes” project throughout the week, building various pieces as students passed by and classes took breaks to come observe. He also lectured in the Upper School’s AP art history and digital photography classes, shared his art with students during a tutorial and hosted a lunch where students could share their projects with him.

UC Irvine exhibit spotlights Shakespearean stage costuming for women

Marcy Froehlich, professor and costume designer with the drama department, presented a keynote lecture April 5 during the opening night of UCI Libraries' 2018 Spring Exhibit, "Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County," a collection running through the end of September that features pieces used in various Shakespearean productions at UCI — including the summertime New Swan Theater productions — and newly acquired materials from the late Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska who made her home in Orange County.

Honoring the late Donald McKayle

Modern dance pioneer Donald McKayle, one of the first African American men to break through racial barriers via dance, has died. The iconic performer, choreographer, teacher, director and writer had a wide-ranging impact on the United States’ creative and cultural landscape. He died Friday night, according to his wife. He was 87 years old.

“Donald McKayle’s passing is truly the end of an era in American dance,” said University of California, Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman. “His passion for teaching and mentoring young, talented dancers remained unabated throughout his long life, and one of his greatest legacies is the hundreds of professional dancers now performing around the world.”

A UCI professor emeritus of dance who continued teaching until shortly before his death, McKayle created deeply socially conscious works that focused on the human condition and the African American experience. His seminal works “Games,” “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder,” “District...

Amy Bauer Keynote Speaker at West Coast Conference on Music Theory and Analysis

Amy Bauer delivered the keynote lecture "'Did You Say Post-Spectral,': The orchestral imaginary in millenium works by Tulve, Dalbavie and Haas," at the at the 27th annual meeting of the West Coast Conference on Music Theory and Analysis, April 6–8 at San Diego State University.

Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare

Orange County has a unique tie to The Bard with Madame Modjeska. You will find elements of her story in UC Irvine’s Spring 2018 exhibit that makes the connection from Stratford to the OC. Professor Marcy Froehlich, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts – Drama, made an incredible presentation last evening about her professional career in fashioning actors in period pieces on stage and the film set.