Celebrate the Arts 2020

Join us for a Zoom webinar to learn all about arts on campus. Watch info videos from campus arts departments and student orgs, ask questions to representatives from each of the arts organizations, and play a friendly game of Kahoot to win prizes.

Participating organizations include:

    • ArtPower at UC San Diego
    • Ballet Folklorico La Joya de Mexico
    • UC San Diego Music
    • UC San Diego Theatre & Dance
    • UC San Diego Visual Arts
    • UC San Diego Division of Arts & Humanities
    • Stuart Collection
    • UCSD Extension: Arts, Humanities, & Languages
    • KOTX
    • La Jolla Playhouse
    • UCSD Zor
    • and more!

Dance Camera West: Selected winners from the 2020 Dance Film Festival

The Dance Camera West (DCW) 2020 touring program features the top 15 award-winning dance films from the 2020 DCW festival, which screened world, US, and Los Angeles premieres of over 50 international dance films. DCW 2020 showcases the best examples of the expanded possibilities of dance beyond what is presented on stage. Films from Asia, Europe, and the Americas represent dancers young and old, tell stories, and show new visions of the body as the moving image.

The film festival is curated by DCW’s Artist/Executive Director Kelly Hargraves, one of DCW’s original cofounders, and a dance-filmmaker herself. Since 2000, DCW has connected diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films from around the globe. This film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Hargraves and invited guests.

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Kristina Wong for Public Office: Live from Her Home!

Written and performed by Kristina Wong
Directed and dramaturgy by Diana Wyenn
Devised by Kristina Wong and Diana Wyenn

“These days electoral politics changes from day to day — hell, minute to minute. But one thing doesn’t change… Koreatown’s Wilshire Center Neighborhood Council Kristina Wong’s gift for fusing performance art with political commentary and edgy humor.”LA Weekly

Performance artist, comedian, and elected representative Kristina Wong is taking her raucous campaign online to arouse civic engagement and counter-hijack our democracy! An actual elected representative of Koreatown in Los Angeles, she was once a scrappy performance artist with a bright future in reality television. The system she used to ridicule is now the one she’s become a part of. Is she more effective as a performance artist or a politician? Can she abolish ICE?

This interactive, 65-minute comedic performance mashes up campaign rallies, church revivals, and solo theater shows to uncover the history of voting, what it means to run for local office, and the impact artists can have on democracy. Originally built to tour alongside the rallies leading up to the 2020 Presidential election against a charming hand-sewn felt set she sewed herself, this rally is now being broadcast live from her home to yours!

Want a Zoom screenshot with a real life elected official? This rally will be followed by a candidate “Meet & Greet” with Kristina!

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Rev. Sekou
The Task of the Artist in the Time of Monsters

Whether from fine arts museums or foot-stomping juke joints, artists have long played a key role in the movement for social justice. Critically acclaimed musician and activist Rev. Sekou believes that artists will play an essential role in healing the acrimony that besets much of our national dialogue. Rev. Sekou’s own music builds upon movement music by the SNCC Freedom Singers, the Staple Singers, and the blues tradition. By accessing the work of cultural geniuses such as Albert Camus, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, and Rosetta Tharpe, Rev. Sekou unearths the ways in which artists have historically provided a balm for wounded social justice warriors.
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ArtTalk with Ephrat Asherie

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a New York City-based b-girl, dancer, and choreographer and a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance. Asherie has received numerous awards to support her work including Dance Magazine’s Inaugural Harkness Promise Award, the Jacob’s Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU, and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. Last year, she received a National Dance Project award to support the development and touring of her newest work, Odeon. Asherie is also the recipient of a Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon Place, a Creative Development Residency from Jacob’s Pillow, Workspace and Extended Life Residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and two residencies through the CUNY Dance Initiative. Asherie is a regular guest artist with Dorrance Dance and has worked and collaborated with Doug Elkins, Rennie Harris, Bill Irwin, David Parsons, Gus Solomons Jr., and Buddha Stretch, among others. She earned her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Italian and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she researched the vernacular jazz dance roots of contemporary street and club dances. Asherie has been on faculty at Wesleyan University and set pieces for students at Smith College, SUNY Brockport, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, University of Texas Rio Grande, Old Dominion University and teaches at Broadway Dance Center. Asherie is a co-founding member of the all-female house dance collective, MAWU and and is forever grateful to NYC’s underground dance community for inspiring her to pursue a life as an artist.

Film Screening with Ephrat Asherie
Everything Remains Raw

Film Screening and Conversation with Ephrat Asherie and Moncell Durden (Director of the Film)

Everything Remains Raw: Hip Hop’s Folkloric Lineage traces the fundamental role African Americans have had in American popular dance. From the Lindy Hop to hip-hop, from cakewalk to the moonwalk, much American dance was created on the streets and in the clubs by African Americans. This fascinating film breaks down the moves and movements and is filled with truly spectacular dance. In her recent work Odeon, Ephrat Asherie employs many of the techniques documented in the film. After the screening, join Asherie in conversation with Moncell “ill Kozby” Durden as they discuss social dance and its physicality, including how it has popularized these forms at the same time it has been used to marginalize the communities from which it arose.

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Film Screening with Ephrat Asherie
Check Your Body At The Door

Film Screening and Conversation with Ephrat Asherie and dancer Archie Burnett

Check Your Body At The Door brings to light the 1990s house dance culture that has largely been in the dark. The film includes underground footage culled from the past thirty years, with focuses on shared relationships and histories of some of its major players and master free-stylists. The virtuosity of eclectic urban dance styles and the personalities of the people who created these moves are revealed. Ephrat Asherie’s newest work UnderScored—which can be seen on November 19, in-progress—employs testimonials and unbridled dancing to capture the work of her artistic forbearers in the safety and freedom of New York’s downtown clubs. After the screening, join the film’s griot/guiding star Archie Burnett in conversation with Asherie as they discuss the golden decade of dancing and its continuing resonance today in popular shows like Pose, Legendary, and The Get Down.

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Ephrat Asherie | UnderScored (work in progress)

In UnderScored, Ephrat Asherie and her company of dancers explore the forms of club dancing that arose in New York during the 1970s and 1980s as part of the house music scene. The work explores the almost utopian panracial/pansexual scene at the Paradise Garage and other popular venues in the midst of the HIV crisis, which heavily affected the LGBT community and and communities of color. The work will feature testimonials and performances from survivors of the original scene.

The work is commissioned by ArtPower at UC San Diego along with the Guggenheim Museum, the Momentary at Crystal Bridges, and the Yard. The complete work will be performed as part of ArtPower’s 2021–22 season.

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Dahlak Brathwaite | Adapting History

Adapting History is an oral telling of American music through history and American history through music. From gospel to blues, jazz to R&B, America has produced some of the most innovative music of the 20th century. Although the songs are easy on the ears, their inception occurred in cultural climates that were often discordant. In Adapting History, musical artist Dahlak uses spoken word poetry to narrate the complex history of our nation. His musical chronicle shows that despite conflict and misunderstanding, we can still be brilliantly creative.

Adapting History was created in collaboration with and commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center’s Education Department, OneBeat via the U.S. State Department, ArtPower at UC San Diego, and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.

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ArtTalk with Ariel Quartet
Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th

Join members of Ariel String Quartet in conversation as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth.The quartet will share stories of how they approach the composer’s music and why it is still as vital today as it was two centuries ago.