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UCLA Dept. of World Arts and Cultures/Dance announces events for spring 2013

The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) is offering a variety of events for the public's enjoyment this spring. The department's emphasis is threefold: cross-cultural research, dance and community outreach.  
For events at Glorya Kaufman Hall, including those at the Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, all-day parking ($11) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lot 4 (enter the campus at Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Plaza). For ticketed events, contact the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101 or, unless otherwise noted. 
Programs are subject to change. For further information, call 310-825-3951 or visit             
Friday–Sunday, April 19–21
Dance Under Construction
Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects
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Choreographers, dance researchers and others have extended the concept of choreography to works that do not necessarily involve danced movement, challenging the assumption that choreography must relate to dance and vice versa. In scholarly and other projects, the value of choreography as an approach and a means of analysis has been demonstrated across cultural sites, as well as in a variety of disciplinary domains. Yet interdisciplinary exchange is rare, both because of the manner in which the academic disciplines are organized in the institution and because of the marginal position that dance has historically held as an art form and area of study. The "Tactical Bodies" conference provides an opportunity to enrich the discourse surrounding choreography and ask what the concept does in disciplines other than dance studies.
This conference is convened by the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, the Congress on Research in Dance and Dance Under Construction.    
Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26
1–8 p.m.
MFA Upstarts Series
MFA3: Pivot Point
Wilson Plaza
M.F.A. candidate Alexandra Shilling presents the site-specific "pivot point," a durational performance piece that places a vulnerable body at the center of Wilson Plaza.
Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26
8 p.m.
MFA Upstarts Series
MFA3 Dance Concert
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Room 200), Glorya Kaufman Hall
Tickets: $15; $8 for students
M.F.A. candidates Alexandra Shilling and Carson Efird Westerlund present new choreographic work. Shilling will explore the stillness of significant moments and the movements that happen in between. Westerlund's "Pretend You're at the Beach" mourns the loss of a familial patriarch, a maiden name and the ephemeral dance through a time-lapse marriage of wedding and funeral rituals.  
Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.
Senior Projects Showcase: Moving Still
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Room 200), Glorya Kaufman Hall
Tickets: $6
The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance class of 2013 presents fresh choreography, scholarship and interdisciplinary works that represent the culmination of their studies.  
Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8
8 p.m.
UCLA Dance Faculty 'Works In Progress' Presentation
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Room 200), Glorya Kaufman Hall
Tickets: $6
An informational sharing of new works-in-development from some of the nation's leading choreographers and faculty in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. This provocative collection of early-stage choreographic ideas weaves dance, humor, spoken word and gestural movement to interrogate, challenge and affirm.
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