Fall for Forsythe, a month-long celebration of world-renowned choreographer and USC Kaufman faculty member William Forsythe, began Sep. 29 with the event Focus Forsythe: The Choreographer’s Process. Presented by USC Visions and Voices, Focus Forsythe became a landmark in the history of the school, as the first show to be presented in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center’s Performance Studio.
Video: Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center Creates a New Nexus in Dance
The USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is one of the largest dance-dedicated facilities on a private university campus. USC Kaufman faculty and students tell us why this big building is positioned to make a big impact.
Student Spotlight: Whitney Hester
BFA freshman Whitney Hester describes herself as “competitive,” “dedicated,” and “persistent.” And in fact, she is just that–trained at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Dallas Ballet Center, Whitney performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice last season.
“Being a part of USC Kaufman means being a part of a world-class facility with some of the best dancers I have met as well as training with a top-notch faculty.”
USC Kaufman in 4 Dancers
USC Kaufman’s building opening was covered in online dance publication 4dancers.org earlier this month. Writer Catherine L. Tully outlines the building’s features and explains how it will function in the Los Angeles dance community.
“This project has been no small undertaking,” Tully writes.
LACMA visitors participate in two Forsythe dances
LACMA presented Site-Specific Forsythe on Oct. 15 and 16, displaying fresh adaptations of two pieces by acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe. Staged at different spaces, “Stellentstellen” and “Acquisition” generated new dialogues between visitors, dancers and the museum itself.
Student Blog: Acquiring Forsythe at LACMA
By Celine Kiner
This weekend, a few classmates and I had the opportunity to be part of a site-specific Forsythe work at LACMA. In Acquisition RYBG–which was accompanied by Forsythe’s Stellentstellen, performed by Rauf “Rubberlegz” Yasit and Riley Watts–we taught a choreographic system to museum-goers, the objective of the work being that they “acquire” the system.
Chicago Master Class
Can’t make it to campus for the Discover USC On-Campus Open House? The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will be in the Windy City on Oct. 30, 2016!
Join us for a half-day program featuring ballet and Forsythe repertory master classes taught by Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates. The day will begin with opening remarks about the program and admission process from Ms. Gates. We hope that guardians will attend the welcome with their students.
Opening of new building featured in OC Register
USC Kaufman was recently featured in the OC Register, specifically in regards to the ribbon cutting of the brand new Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. Writer Paul Hodgins described the building as “no small accomplishment” for the university.
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center in the Los Angeles Times
USC Kaufman’s building opening on Oct. 5 was covered by the Los Angeles Time’s Deborah Vankin.
“It was a good day to be a dancing Trojan,” Vankin writes, “[as] several hundred USC dance faculty and students, university trustees, professional dancers and choreographers gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the $46-million Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, the university’s first on-campus building dedicated to dance study.”