The New Movement



Video: A look back at the first year at USC Kaufman

“I think I finally decided on Kaufman because I realized I could do it all, and I was going to be at the best training facility in the country,” said BFA student Jackie Schiffner. Find out how Jackie, Juan, and the rest of the BFA students are helping shape the New Movement as they describe the highlights of their first year as the inaugural class at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.


USC Kaufman, The Music Center and LACMA Present ‘Fall for Forsythe’

University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (USC Kaufman), The Music Center, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) present Fall for Forsythe, a month-long celebration of the work of American-born and internationally recognized choreographer William Forsythe, whose multiplatform dances transcend tradition. The public can attend a number of free and ticketed events and performances ranging from dance performances by students and professional dancers, to lectures and a costume display.


Student Blog: Counterpoint, community, and Forsythe

By Celine Kiner

Something clicked today.

I don’t know whether it was something from my brain, my body, or the nerves in between, but something clicked.
A year ago, I stood in PED 207 listening to Professor Forsythe and doing my best to emulate the properties of motion he discussed. And sure, I could copy just fine. The sensations that he described, however, were not present. Forsythian movement is extremely complex, employing many qualities and concepts, most notably that of counterpoint.


Sep 29-30

Fall for Forysthe – Focus Forsythe: the Choreographer’s Process

Students from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will perform one of Forsythe’s newest works. Following the performance, Jodie Gates, vice dean and director of the Kaufman School, will moderate a conversation with Forsythe about the creative motivations and practices that fuel his prolific body of work.

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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.