The New Movement



Student Blog: Tomer Heymann’s “Mr. Gaga” film through our eyes

By Mary Mallaney

If you haven’t already heard, “Mr. Gaga,” a film by Tomer Heymann, has finally opened in the United States. This is super exciting–we have been waiting months for it to travel through places like Israel and Europe to us in California. Personally, I am so obsessed with the Gaga language that I’ve been tracking the film’s progress through Kickstarter campaigns, trailers, etc. impatiently for over two years now.


Step by step: USC Kaufman dancers appear in TV commercial airing around the world

How’s this for an “only at USC” experience? Fifteen freshman and sophomore Bachelor of Fine Arts dance students spent a day in January dancing outside the Griffith Park Observatory for a commercial that premiered on Super Bowl Sunday in key markets around the country.

The 60-second Discover Los Angeles ad, which appeared in pregame and kickoff spots in three U.S. cities, will run for 14 weeks and air during the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards.

Watch the ad and read the complete article on USC News.


Faculty Q&A with Gillian Finley

Gillian Finley, USC Kaufman’s newest lecturer, joined the faculty this spring and has an extensive background in both ballet and teaching. She has danced with Ballet Pacifica, Nevada Dance Theatre, and Eugene Ballet; along with a B.A. in Dance from the University of California Irvine, an M.A. in Arts Management from American University, and a Stott Pilates certification, Finley has dance experience that makes her the perfect fit for USC Kaufman’s blend of conservatory dance and university education.


Feb 17-19

Jessica Lang Dance at The Music Center

New York-based Jessica Lang Dance makes its Music Center debut with a repertoire rich with stunning movement, compelling visuals and beautiful cinematic composition that will leave you breathless.

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Mar 2-3

Spring Midterm Showings

Preview developing repertory work and new student choreography performed by BFA freshmen and sophomores in these informal studio showings.

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USC Choreographic Institute

The USC Choreographic Institute is an international platform for ground-breaking initiatives in choreographic research, practice and mentorship.

The institute explores the intersection of movement with science, technology, and media.  The program also investigates the social good and cognitive value of motion to highlight the significance of the art and function of choreography.  Working closely with partner schools within USC, including the School of Cinematic Arts and the Thornton School of Music, the Institute seeks to engage artists, scientists, gamers, medical researchers and humanists from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.  The Choreographic Institute is currently advised by William Forsythe, the widely-celebrated choreographer and artist acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form.