USC Kaufman students often have the opportunity to travel, performing on stages and engaging with dance communities around the world. At Gala de Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico, students performed both repertory and commissioned works alongside seasoned professionals, and even had the opportunity to present original work. BFA students also performed at the USC Global Conference in Tokyo, Japan. Select students had the chance to collaborate with other artists at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England.
During Maymesters, USC Kaufman students travel abroad at the end of their spring semester. These 3-4 week courses allow students to explore and immerse themselves in the world around them. In May 2020, USC Kaufman will offer its first Berlin Maymester. Previous Maymesters have included the Paris Maymester, which was offered for three years, and the Los Angeles Maymester. For more information about Maymesters, please contact International Programs Administrator Mist Thorkelsdottir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next year, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will be offering its dance majors a new two-unit Maymester, DANC 399: Dance Capitals of the World, featuring artistic hub Berlin. During this 22-day Maymester course, students will explore moments in Berlin’s long history through all of its cultural centers, museums, landmarks and people.
I was eagerly awaiting Nederlands Dans Theatre 2’s mixed rep performance showcasing works by Ekman, Goecke, and León & Lightfoot. This performance was technically and artistically impressive and engaging.
Last month, three sophomore dance majors and I traveled to London to work with musicians for collaboration, exploration, and choreographic purposes at Trinity Laban’s CoLab program. We each took on a different project, participating in four projects total.
Last month, several BFA students from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance traveled to Los Cabos, Mexico to perform at the annual Gala de Danza. The gala, founded by Christina Lyon, began in 2013 when Lyon visited Cabo San Lucas.
Next week, a handful of our junior and sophomore class will make the long trip to Japan to perform a selection of works at the USC Global Conference in Tokyo.
Jackie Schiffner (BFA ’19) recaps her experience in New York City, which included USC Kaufman’s debut at The Joyce Theater and a student choreography showing at New York Live Arts.
Towards the end of the Paris Maymester, USC Thornton and Kaufman students worked in collaboration on original creations. We spent a few hours of studio time improvising with one another, and the following day we broke into small groups to create pieces that reflected on our Parisian experiences.
In comparing the European attitude of supporting the arts, there is a distinct difference between that of the United States and France. During my time here in Paris, I have been able to see different aspects of that in how governmental politics intersect with daily life.
Rachel Harris (BFA ’20) writes “Ode to a found flâneur,” a poem inspired by her time in Paris with the USC Kaufman and USC Thornton Maymester.
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and USC Thornton School of Music students are in France through June 9 for our 2019 Paris Maymester. During this course, students explore moments in Parisian salon culture as sites of artistic inspiration and collaboration.