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New Face for Public Performance on Campus: CAP UCLA


By Mary Daily

Published Apr 26, 2012 12:00 PM

The program previously known as UCLA Live is now Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.


The work of choreographer Trisha Brown will be the focus of a weeklong collaboration between CAP UCLA and the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures in 2013. Photo courtesy of Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

Introducing a new brand

Executive and artistic director Kristy Edmunds discusses the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

Video by UCLA Newsroom


From top: One of the center's first fellows, artist Laurie Anderson; interdisciplinary artist Meredith Monk inaugurated the residency program; the center's logo. Photos courtesy of Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.


UCLA's popular public performance arm — known for more than a decade as UCLA Live — has a new name and some new features. The School of the Arts and Architecture (SOAA) has announced the launch of Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) and is implementing a number of changes and expansions. This latest metamorphosis is one of several the program has undergone in its nearly 80-year history.

CAP UCLA is being introduced with a new visual identity, new community collaborations, new artist initiatives and a 2012-13 season that returns international theater to the line-up. The program is dedicated to advancing contemporary performing arts in all disciplines, as well as the importance of art in society.

The changes represent the vision of executive and artistic director Kristy Edmunds, who came aboard last year with a charge to "revitalize the role of public performing arts on campus and closely align arts presentation with the fundamental values of the university," says Christopher Waterman, SOAA dean. Under her leadership CAP UCLA will "create a space for artistic practice and for interdisciplinary dialogue about the arts, which we believe is vital to this campus and to a vibrant L.A. community."

Among the new initiatives are an artist fellows and residency program. The first two fellows are Laurie Anderson, music, visual art and spoken word pioneer; and theater icon Robert Wilson. CAP UCLA will collaborate with fellows to imagine new work and create diverse avenues for future presentation. The residency program opens with Meredith Monk, one of the most celebrated interdisciplinary artists in contemporary performance, who has already begun working with students.

Under Edmunds' leadership, CAP UCLA also is extending collaborations with campus and city arts organizations. Dialogue is underway with the Hammer, Fowler and Getty museums; the Herb Alpert School of Music; the UCLA Theater, Film & Television Archive; and Powell and Clark libraries. Edmunds also has established alliances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, which will serve as resident orchestra in CAP UCLA's 2012-13 season, and Angel City Jazz Festival.

International theater will kick off CAP UCLA's first season in September, with Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, a production of Théâtre de la Ville Paris, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota. Full details of the season, curated by Edmunds, will be announced at a public launch event on May 22.

"The challenges that CAP UCLA will likely face are not dissimilar to those of most performing arts organizations — finding the balance between financial and artistic imperatives. The point is to not sacrifice one over the other but to deliver on both in equal measure," Edmunds says.



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