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Dance Visions Returns To the Irvine Barclay Theatre with Guest Artist Millicent Johnnie

DANCE VISIONS 2016 RETURNS TO THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE
WITH NEW WORKS FROM FACULTY AND GUEST ARTIST MILLICENT JOHNNIE

 

UAG to present H.M. & THE AESTHETICS OF MEMORY with Dr. James McGaugh, Kerry Tribe, and Dr. Juli Carson

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UAG TO PRESENT H.M. & THE AESTHETICS OF MEMORY
WITH DR. JAMES MCGAUGH, KERRY TRIBE, AND DR. JULI CARSON

EVENT:   H.M. & THE AESTHETICS OF MEMORY. Roundtable conference focused on the subject of brain imaging, memory, learning, and trauma. Hosted by UAG (University Art Galleries) at UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts and sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative.

SPEAKERS:  Dr. James McGaugh (Founder UCI Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and the first Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory), Kerry Tribe (Artist), and Dr. Juli Carson (Artistic Director for the UAG, Curator, and Moderator). Introduction by Dr. David Trend (Chair of the Department of Art).

Announcement: Donald McKayle Invited To Return

ANNOUNCEMENT: DONALD MCKAYLE INVITED TO RETURN

IRVINE, Calif. (January 8, 2016) - American dance legend Donald McKayle, who has received numerous arts awards and honors worldwide over his six-decade career, and who is a longtime member of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ nationally-renown Dance department, has been invited to continue his work as a choreographer and teacher with the Étude Ensemble, the UCI student group he formed in the School of the Arts and with which he has worked closely in recent years.

UCI has been honored and deeply privileged to have counted Donald McKayle among its most distinguished faculty. Though he officially retired in 2010, Donald has been welcomed back annually since then to choreograph and teach; he is currently preparing two pieces for the UCI Dance Visions concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in early February.

Kerry Tribe’s H.M. Explores Neuroscience and Experimental Filmmaking

KERRY TRIBE’S H.M. EXPLORES NEUROSCIENCE AND EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKING AT UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS UAG
 

IRVINE, Calif. (December 23, 2015) -- The University Art Galleries at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will host H.M. by visual artist Kerry Tribe. The installation is roughly an 18-minute loop that weaves together reenacted footage, found and animated elements and lies somewhere between an experimental documentary and an independent narrative film. The exhibition, focused on neuroscience and experimental filmmaking, will open Saturday, January 9 with a reception open to the public from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and will exhibit through Saturday, March 12, 2016. There will be a special roundtable event entitled “H.M. & The Aesthetics of Memory” featuring guest speakers Dr. James McGaugh, Kerry Tribe, and Dr. Juli Carson on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Winifred Smith Hall.

UCI Drama explores race relations and real estate in Bruce Norris’ CLYBOURNE PARK

UCI DRAMA EXPLORES RACE RELATIONS AND REAL ESTATE IN BRUCE NORRIS’ CLYBOURNE PARK

IRVINE, Calif. (December 18, 2015) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama presents Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, which was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Written as a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, it examines suburban racial tensions which occur in one Chicago house, 50 years apart. At the helm of Clybourne Park is guest director Leslie Ishii, a celebrated director, actor and arts educator, who is internationally recognized as a leader in the conversations surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion in the American theatre. Ms. Ishii is excited to explore this rich and controversial work.

Daniel Gary Busby with CLYBOURNE PARK director Leslie Ishii

DRAMA CHAIR DANIEL GARY BUSBY SAT DOWN WITH DIRECTOR LESLIE ISHII TO DISCUSS UCI DRAMA’S UPCOMING PRODUCTION OF BRUCE NORRIS’ CLYBOURNE PARK.

Daniel Gary Busby: First of all, what drew you to this material?

Leslie Ishii: Well…you asked!! No, seriously, Clybourne Park is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. I was drawn to this work because it is at UC Irvine with this exceptional faculty and student body in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Since I don’t shy away from a challenge and this play is rarely directed by a person of color, I thought, “Let’s dive in and see what can happen!?!” After all, if Bruce Norris had the audacity to write a sequel to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, and the Drama Department had the audacity to ask this woman of color to direct this play, I thought “Why not?”

Have you ever wondered what a Dramaturg does for the theatre?

IRVINE, CA (November 20, 2015) - Have you ever wondered what a Dramaturg does for the theatre?  UCI Drama utilizes a Dramaturg for main stage productions offering the audience insight and depth into the playwright’s context, language, and backstory.  The director will guide and mold the actors and creative team to bring the play to life, but the job of the Dramaturg is to know as much about the play and its conception as the original playwright; enhancing every part of the director’s vision.

Take a deeper look at These Shining Lives, and go into the mind of Dramaturg Wind Dell Woods with his latest notes for the upcoming play by Melanie Marnich opening Saturday, November 21, 2015. 

These Shining Lives Dramaturgical Notes
by Wind Dell Woods, Dramaturg

Clayton Garrison Memorial Celebration

Save the Date: Clayton Garrison Memorial Celebration

Sunday, February 21, 2016

5:30 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Save the date to celebrate the life of internationally acclaimed choreographer, director, and our Founding Dean, Clayton Garrison.

If you would like to share your memories in words or performance, please email us at UCIDramaNews@uci.edu.

Hosted by UCI Drama

 

More on Founding Dean, Clayton Garrison

Clayton Garrison, founding dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of California, Irvine, died 27 July 2015 at the age of 93. He was a visionary stage director, choreographer and theater professor who left a lasting imprint on UCI and what’s now known as the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Director Sarah Butts opens up about THESE SHINING LIVES

Director Sarah Butts opens up about THESE SHINING LIVES

Recently Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of the Department of Drama, sat down with Director Sarah Butts to discuss her upcoming performances of These Shining Lives by playwright Melanie Marnich.  

DGB: What about this play excites you the most?

SB: Getting to bring to life a story that draws attention to a particular event in American history that is widely unknown. Before reading this play I had never heard of radium women and I find that many of the people I talk to about the play also are unfamiliar. I love getting to explore the world of the 1920s. It is such a fascinating time in American history, specifically for women.

DGB: What do you think is the most salient point of the story?

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