Arts Renaissance

A Celebration of the Arts at UCI
May 1 - 31, 2017

The Trevor School celebrates “Arts Renaissance” during the month of May with a surge of performances and exhibitions across all four departments including Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. The celebration features a series of art performances and shows ranging from professional and student art exhibitions in all four campus art galleries to several dance, drama, and music performances. CTSA presents the first ever UCI Music Showcase Concert, the three-act opera Our Town, based on the Thornton Wilder play, a four-day improv festival, to Hossein Omoumi and Friends in concert, and much more. Please join us for a celebration of the Arts!

To purchase tickets, by phone: Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787; Online:
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Physical Graffiti 

Loretta Livingston, Artistic Director


May 4 – 6, 2017

Claire Trevor Theatre

Some of the most promising undergraduate choreographers present original new works in this annual concert brimming with young talent.

13 new dances made by 13 undergraduate choreographers, danced by 66 performers!

Loren Campbell
Kima Christian
Jade Cole
Chelsea Freeman
Martha Gray
Emily Guerard
Simon Harrison
Megumi Iwama
Kimberly Joyce
Samantha Lin
Laman Musayeva
Andre Rivera
Radhanath Thialan

Evenings: May 4, 5, 6 @ 8 p.m.
Matinee: May 6 @ 2 p.m.

General $15
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $14
UCI Students & Children under 17 $11

(photos by Skye Schmidt)

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Jazz: The House that America Built - Part II

Directed by Sheron Wray
Art Direction by Dali Polivka
Performed by JazzXchange

Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2017
7:00 p.m.

xMPL, Contemporary Arts Center
Free admission. Registration required.

Jazz: The House That America Built - Part II is a collaborative performance by the members of JazzXchange, an ensemble of dancers, musicians, choreographers, a spoken-word artist and a visual artist.

The historical journey of jazz music and dance embodies the chronology of the United States of America, but that is not the story this work tells:  Rather, this work uses the notion of a "house" -- a place of dwelling -- and examines it in various ways that invite the audience in, to occupy the house directly and feel the impact of their presence on it, rather than just observe it from the outside. The house, like jazz itself, is a metaphor for change: Occupants
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Donald McKayle
Journey of the Heart

UCI Etude Ensemble in new Repertory Concert


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8:00 pm

Claire Trevor Theatre

Dance legend Donald McKayle has transcended boundaries for more than six decades with a multifaceted and wide-ranging career as a choreographer, director, performer, and professor of dance creating a repertoire of acclaimed masterworks.

The UC Irvine Etude Ensemble is an elite group of undergraduates who are chosen annually by audition. Under McKayle’s guidance, the dancers are not only dynamic performers, but also historians. Dancers are challenged to personalize each movement by forming an emotional and physical connection to the story itself.

Join Professor McKayle and his Etude Ensemble for a night of incredible works!

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Conservatory Dance


June 26 - July 14, 2017
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Ages 12-22
*No class during the July 4th holiday

Build your repertoire!  For advanced dancers looking to strengthen technical base while learning in sessions on hip-hop, choreo, injury prevention, dance for camera, improv and more.

Modeled after our undergraduate dancer's curriculum, advanced dancers will participate in sessions on the School's three focused areas of study: ballet, jazz and modern.  However, we do believe in developing holistic dancers, so additional studio and classroom-based sessions will be offered such as hip hop, dance for camera, health and wellness, improv and more.  The Academy will end with a final showcase for family and friends (more details to be shared).

For more information, visit our
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