Dance Department Celebrates 20th Anniversary of PhD Program

By Elizabeth Brown, CHASS Dean's Office Student Intern
October 30, 2013

The dance department will celebrate the PhD program’s 20th anniversary this year by hosting a year-long series of events and activities. There are only two “dance” PhD programs in the world, one being in England, and the other being UCR.

Chair of the dance department, Jacqueline Shea Murphy, wishes to celebrate the past 20 years of accomplishments the department has accumulated while contributing to the field of dance and dance studies. The festivities will also celebrate the potential of the program, and the future growth and expansion. She feels that this ground-breaking PhD program is most impactful because it is “important to incorporate responses to our political world and expose this to students” in order to broaden their minds and perspectives through means of expression.

During the fall quarter, there will be a number of activities focused around the first of two Christena Schlundt lectures and a reception immediately after. Susan Leigh Foster will be the first to lecture; a “central visionary” as Shea Murphy notes, and one of the founders of the PhD program in dance at UCR.

The joint conference between CORD (the Congress on Research in Dance) and SDHS (the Society of Dance History Scholars) will surround this lecture, and continue from November 14-17. The first joint conference session will begin at 7:30pm on November 14th during the reception that follows the Schlundt lecture at the Culver Center atrium. Throughout the reception several “pop-up” dances will occur, performed by former and current faculty in the crowd. The evening will close with informal dancing of guests with a hand tailored playlist, selected by dance graduate students. Shea Murphy says this event will bring “international visibility” to the department with the CORD/SDHS conference and Schlundt lecture occurring back to back.

Antonia Baehr, the selected guest for fall’s visiting artist-in-residence, will be at UCR from October 29-31. She is a German choreographer, director, performer and filmmaker who will be hosted by Linda J. Tomko. Baehr will lead a workshop on Tuesday, October 29 on "Rire/Laugh/Lachen" from 4:15pm-5:30pm in ATHD 102-Dance Studio Theatre, and on Wednesday, October 30 will perform "Laugh" from 7:30pm in Arts 166. Free tickets can be obtained at the Fine Arts Ticket Office located at the University Theater and also one hour before the performance at the Arts Building Ticket Office. Baehr will also visit and sit in on regularly scheduled dance classes.

The special event for this quarter will be the “Delicious Movement” workshop with New York-based, Japanese movement artist and choreographer Eiko Otake on Thursday, November 14 from 2:10pm-4:00pm in Arts 100. She has worked for the past 40 years in the world renowned group Eiko and Koma, producing a wide range of exhibits and performances. This event will be open to the public. More information on Eiko can be found at www.eikoandkoma.org, and more information on this quarter’s celebrations can be found by visiting dance.ucr.edu.

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