UCSD arts in action

April 26, 2010

The Department of Theatre and Dance at UCSD is hosting a happening on May 7, 2010 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre and the Theatre District on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. Mo`olelo’s Artistic Director will participate in a panel at the Arts in Action Key Note Forum Discussion from 4 – 5:30 pm. The events are free and open to the public. More information is available at www.artsinaction.us. Here’s their press release.

Press Contact: Aimee Zygmonski

UCSD Arts in Action Festival, Real Art for Real Change
May 7, 2010     10am-10pm

10am – 2 pm:  Arts in Action Across UCSD
2 – 3:00 pm:  Project Protest: Performance Marches
4 – 5:30 pm: Arts in Action Key Note Forum Discussion
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Arts in Action Interactions
6:30 – 8 pm:  Arts in Action Performances
8 – 10 pm:  Arts in Action After Dance Party

Where:  Mandell Weiss Theatre, UC San Diego Theatre District and multiple campus locations.

Website for Full Schedule of Events: http://www.artsinaction.us

Admission: Free

La Jolla, CA: The Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego is proud to present the “UCSD Arts in Action Festival,” on Friday, May 7, 2010.  In response to the recent racial incidents and protests on the UCSD campus, this festival provides a forum for artistic responses featuring student and faculty work created especially for this event. In the long-standing tradition of arts activism, the “art actions” include short one act plays, music compositions, dance performances, visual art displays, lectures, digitally interactive performance pieces, spoken word performances, and staged historical protest performance marches. There will be a forum for critical discussion featuring members of both the university as well as artists from the San Diego community. Undergraduate and graduate students from across the campus as well as UCSD faculty and alumni are participating in this one-day only arts and performance event. 

 Surprise performance works and arts in action dance flash mobs will take place through out the week of May 3-May 7 leading up to the main event.  Community art murals will be also by created by students at each college that week.  They will be collaged together on May 7, with a new arts in action mural created live by Chicano muralist Mario Torero during the keynote forum. Students will be able to interact live online, uploading tweets and videos at ucsdsmashtv.com.

 The festival day will feature multiple theatre, performance, spoken work, music and dance works. Highlights include work by contemporary dance group bksoul, choreographers Sandra Foster King, Liam Clancy, and Eric Geiger, composer Anthony Davis, Chicano theatre troupe Toma Teatro, visual artist Peter Terezakis and the socially conscious on-campus art group Art Collective. In homage to famous historical protests, including the suffragette and Women’s movement, the Civil Rights movement, and the Farm Workers Union performative protest marches will parade across the campus. A reading of Obamanation by Lou-Lou Igbokwe, the winner of the fourth annual Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition on the African American Experience, will take place at the Cross Cultural Center from 1-2pm and an excerpt will be seen in the evening performance at the Weiss Theatre at 6:30 pm.

The festival will take place during the day throughout the UCSD campus, including on the Geisel Library Walk, and in front of sculptures in the famed Stuart Collection, the “Silent Tree” and the new “Chicano Legacy” mural at Peterson Hall. Beginning at 4pm there will be a keynote panel discussion at the Mandell Weiss Theatre. The programming will continue until 8pm with performances in the Mandell Weiss Theatre as well as throughout the UCSD Theatre District. Admission is free and food will also be sold at the event. The evening will conclude with an after party with DJ Shammy Dee from 8-10pm.

The Arts in Action festival is organized by Artistic Director Jade Power, and a large group of student and faculty volunteers, and produced by Chair Allyson Green and the Department of Theatre and Dance. This event is generously supported by the Chancellor, Senior Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs; Deans; Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs; Vice Chancellor, Research; College Provosts; Alumni Affairs, Division of Arts and Humanities Chairs; and La Jolla Playhouse.


Creating Real Art for Real Change

Schedule of Events:  www.artsinaction.us


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