The New Movement



Student Blog: Curiously moving conflict engagement

By Celine Kiner

She prefers the term “conflict engagement” to “conflict mediation.” Why? “I believe conflict is necessary,” Dana Caspersen told her audience on Wednesday night. “But we must approach it with curiosity, rather than violence. We must engage with it.”

Sitting in the audience, I was aware that this wasn’t the first time I had heard Dana say this in the past week. As BFA students, we were lucky enough to have a few sessions with her in our repertory and improvisation/composition classes.


Composers and choreographers merge for a first-of-its-kind performance

On March 8 and 9, before big crowds in the performance studio at the USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, seven composers and 33 choreographer/dancers unveiled seven original dance pieces set to original music. Each piece in the Choreographers and Composers Concert featured four or five dancers who created their movements during the spring semester while the composers crafted their music.

Read the complete story on USC News


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.


Mar 30

Video Stage Live

USC Kaufman BFA students carry their choreographic work from the stage to the screen in Video Stage Live, a screening of original dance works created for the camera.

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Apr 26-28

BFA Spring Dance Performance

USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance presents the annual BFA Spring Dance Performance featuring new and classical dance works by renowned choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Victor Quijada, Chris Scott and Jessica Lee Keller, Raphael Xavier, Victor Quijada and Jodie Gates.

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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.