The New Movement



Silas Riener transmits Cunningham legacy

For more than six decades, choreographer Merce Cunningham developed a landmark for American avant-garde dance. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company performed for more than 50 years before disbanding in 2012, after his death. The spirit of his dance lingers on today through the various dancers that trained with him and that share his legacy with younger generations.

On Thursday, April 14, USC Kaufman students had a chance to learn Cunningham’s technique with Silas Riener, a former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.


New building captures the essence of USC Kaufman

To be completed this summer, the USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is a brick-and-mortar celebration of dance and movement. Conceived through brainstorming sessions between Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Glorya Kaufman and the school’s leadership team, the building’s unique design shows movement in playfully ways.

Avoiding 90-degree angles, the architects created a space in which corners are replaced by curves. On the ground floor, the hallways between dance studios mimic the shape of a leg. A sweeping “Grand Staircase” flows between the building’s three levels.



Spring Dance Performance

USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance presents the Spring Dance Performance featuring the BFA freshman class in contemporary and masterworks of choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, d. Sabela Grimes and Jiří Kylián.

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USC Choreographic Institute

The choreographic institute is a flexible research platform advised by choreographer William Forsythe.

Students will be part of fieldwork and studies that develop taxonomies, methodologies and mediums for articulating possible actions in the field of choreography. The Institute will work closely with partner schools within USC, including the School of Cinematic Arts and the Thornton School of Music, and will engage with practitioners from a variety of disciplines to provide stimulating ground for creation and curiosity.