Photo: USC Kaufman BFA Student Jessica Muszynsky | Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

Faculty News


August 31, 2018

Paul Taylor: Changing Dancers’ Lives for the Better

By Patrick Corbin, Assistant Professor of Practice

Today, a reporter for the Associated Press asked me what Paul Taylor meant to the dance world. What didn’t Paul Taylor mean to the dance world? Roz Loo, the daughter of Liz Walton, sent me a picture of Paul and Liz in an intimate cradle lift from the duet in his dance Aureole. Liz passed away earlier this year. The two of them seem to almost be kissing. Nothing extraordinary, right? Except for the fact that the publicity photo was taken around 1962 and Paul was a caucasian man and Liz was an African-American woman.


August 14, 2018

USC Kaufman welcomes four new Artists in Residence

This fall, USC Kaufman welcomes four brand new Artists in Residence, each from a different background and with a diverse range of dance experience. The four choreographers—Aszure Barton, Marjani Fortè-Saunders, Barak Marshall and Jermaine Spivey—will set work on BFA dance students throughout the year.


July 19, 2018

Vice Dean Jodie Gates abroad this summer

Vice Dean Jodie Gates is not quite taking her summer vacation; though she is leaving Los Angeles, she has been traveling all over the world. In addition to facilitating several events at USC Kaufman this summer, here are just a few things from her summer itinerary.


April 13, 2018

Caught in the Chamber collaboration brings yMusic to the stage

In a collaboration between the USC Kaufman School of Dance and USC Thornton School of Music, choreographers and composers premiered live and recorded works this Wednesday in Bovard Auditorium. Six collaborative pieces, accompanied live by chamber music ensemble yMusic, comprised the evening, titled Caught in the Chamber.


April 4, 2018

Press: The New York Times features premiere by d. Sabela Grimes

The New York Times detailed Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts’ summer 2018 season; included is the premiere of a new work by USC Kaufman faculty member d. Sabela Grimes.

The as-yet-untiled multimedia dance piece will debut at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill on July 27.

Read the full article at the New York Times.


March 16, 2018

“The Cypher:” second annual conference provides open forum for hip-hop education

This March, educators gathered for USC Kaufman’s second annual teaching summit, The Cypher, which focused on combining a dance conservatory setting with hip-hop’s social context to form a comprehensive and informative curriculum. Faculty member Tiffany Bong led the two-day conference, with support from professors E. Moncell Durden and d. Sabela Grimes.

Faculty Member Tiffany Bong leads discussion at Hip Hop Conference at GKIDC. Photo by Mary Mallaney

February 15, 2018

USC Kaufman hosts second hip-hop education summit

This March, USC Kaufman will again host The Cypher, a hip-hop education summit that gathers both educators and dancers for an in-depth discussion about hip-hop in the classroom. Organized by faculty member Tiffany Bong—with support from professors E. Moncell Durden and d. Sabela Grimes—the two-day conference begins with a session for invited guests on March 3, 2018 and opens to all registrants on March 4.


February 14, 2018

Press: William Forsythe premiere in the Boston Globe

The Boston Globe detailed the Boston Ballet’s 2018-2019 season in a recent article; included is the premiere of a new work by USC Kaufman faculty member William Forsythe.

“Full on Forsythe,” (March 7-17) will open the company’s spring season, featuring three of Forsythe’s works, one of which is currently being created for the occasion.

Read the full article at the Boston Globe.


February 14, 2018

Press: William Forsythe and the Shed’s ‘Prelude’ in Artforum

Last week, Artforum featured the Shed’s new twelve-day “Prelude” program in an article. This event will feature works by artists ranging from USC Kaufman faculty member and world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe to musician Azealia Banks.

“‘Prelude’ begins to demonstrate our mission to nurture artistic invention by commissioning and presenting new work for a wide audience,” said Alex Poots, founding artistic director and CEO of the Shed.

Read the full article at Artforum.

William Forsythe at the Futures in Motion Summit. Photo by Jennifer Staples

February 11, 2018

Press: William Forsythe in ‘Prelude to the Shed’

ArtNet News featured The Shed’s newest program in an article last week–it’s a program that not only includes USC Kaufman faculty member William Forsythe, but also performance artist Tino Seghal and musician Azealia Banks. 

“If you can work with a wide range of artists, from Azealia Banks to William Forsythe to Tino Sehgal to Kunlé Adeyemi, and calibrate that well, the rest falls into place,” said Shed artistic director Alex Poots.

Read the full article at ArtNet News.