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UCI’s Dance Department Offers a Unique Look at Dance Visions 2015

IRVINE, Calif. (February 3, 2014) – Dance Visions 2015 prepares to illuminate audiences with a mixture of new choreography and the re-staging of an American classic. This exceptional performance is being presented by the UCI Dance Department as a part of their 50th anniversary celebration for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The performance led by Artistic Director, Molly Lynch, will feature Eugene Loring’s classic American ballet, Billy the Kid, with live music from the UCI Symphony Orchestra led by conductor, Dr. Stephen Tucker.  New original pieces from faculty members Tong Wang, Shaun Boyle, and legend Donald McKayle will also premier as part of this annual constellation of exceptional works.  Dance Visions 2015 will run from February 11 – 15, 2015 in the Claire Trevor Theatre.

Triple Artist Exhibition Opening at the Beall Center for Art + Technology



EVENTS:  The Beall Center for Art + Technology at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will host an exhibition opening reception on Saturday, February 7, 2015, which is open to the public.  The new exhibit runs through Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Guest Artist Aiyun Huang Joins The Gassmann Electronic Music Series

IRVINE, Calif. (January 23, 2015) – The Gassmann Electronic Music Studio in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at UC Irvine presents Wired Percussion: A concert of music for percussion and computers by Aiyun Huang, Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall on the UCI campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ms. Huang will also give a lecture titled "Interactive Improvisation - Percussion and Computer" Thursday, January 29, 2015 on the CTSA campus in the Music and Media Building, Room 216 at 11:00 am, free and open to all. She’ll discuss her collaborations with computer and media artists, previewing the technological bases underlying two of the works she will perform in the Friday concert.

THE LIQUID PLAIN Explores Themes of Sexuality and Violence as Part of the Season of Love, Lust and Greed

IRVINE, Calif. (January 9, 2015) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Drama Department will present Naomi Wallace’s play THE LIQUID PLAIN from January 31 through February 8. The production is commissioned through the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and is the winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for “Promising New American Play”. Jaye Austin Williams, current Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Fellow, will guest direct. UCI Drama’s production will be the second production of Wallace’s play, as well as the California premier.

PASSION Takes the Stage At Claire Trevor School of the Arts, An Interview with Director Kent Nicholson

IRVINE, Calif. (December 20, 2014) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Drama Department will produce Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical PASSION with guest Director Kent Nicholson, January 23 – 25, 2015. The play is an essential part of the Department’s second themed season - LOVE, LUST AND GREED.  PASSION is a semi-staged concert version of the 1994 Tony Award winner (Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score), adapted from Ettore Scola’s film Passione d’Amore, focused on the themes of love, sex, obsession, illness, passion, beauty, power and manipulation. Its narrative centers on the impending consequences of the consummation of love, and the repercussions that often follow.

CTSA Mounts A Triple Artist Exhibition Of Works By Nina Waisman, Joe Mckay, And David Rokeby At The Beall Center For Art + Technology

IRVINE, Calif. (December 16, 2014) -- The Donald R. and Joan F. Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts will mount “Play: In Three Acts” highlighting three interactive works by three artists, Nina Waisman's Body Envelope (2012 to Present), Joe McKay’s Light Wave (2013), and David Rokeby's Dark Matter (2010). Their installations explore various modes of interaction. Waisman and Rokeby incorporate sound and embodied interaction. McKay's work incorporates playful interaction with a choice to compete or cooperate to extend the play. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 7, 2015 with an Artist reception open to the public from 2:00PM -5:00PM and will be on exhibit through Saturday, May 2, 2015. 

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UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of The Arts Stages Revival of Eugene Loring’s Billy The Kid

IRVINE, Calif. (December 5, 2014) -- The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine is thrilled to announce that as part of our 50th anniversary season the Department of Dance will stage a revival of founding faculty member Eugene Loring’s classic American ballet, Billy the Kid. The work will be featured as part of Dance Visions, an annual constellation of faculty works which runs from February 11 – 15, 2015 in the Claire Trevor Theatre. The program will also include choreography by outstanding current faculty members Tong Wang, Shaun Boyle, and Donald McKayle.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elevates the Production with Professional Chops

CTSA Drama Gives Back to Orange County Community

IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 25, 2014) – The Department of Drama, Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine will mount Tennessee Williams’ classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opening December 6 and running through December 14. The play, which was the winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, explores the complex family relationships of the wealthy cotton tycoon family of Big Daddy Pollitt. Several recurring motifs such as social morés, greed, superficiality, decay, sexual desire, repression and death are explored.

A Gift of Art, A Special Fundraiser

The Department of Art is pleased to present a unique opportunity to support its programs and collaborative projects with a collection of prints by artists Kevin Appel, Barbara T. Smith, Bruce Yonemoto, and Liat Yossifor.  With your generous donation, you will receive one or more of the four prints, as a gift from the Department of Art.  Each print is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authentication.

Please join us on November 6, 2014 for CTSA's Annual Open House where the art will be on display in the Contemporary Arts Center lobby from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  You will have the opportunity to view the prints, donate, and receive the prints.

Please click on the link below to learn how to donate to the Department of Art, and to learn about each artist and their respective artwork.

Dept. of Art Fundraiser

A Season of Love, Lust and Greed

Drama at UC Irvine announces the 2014-2015 Season:
Love, Lust and Greed

Dr. Daniel Gary Busby, Chair of Drama at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, announces the 2014-2015 Drama Season. Featuring works that explore the most basic human instincts: LOVE, LUST and GREED. These elemental issues drive most human interaction and form the basis of all great dramatic works of literature since the time of the Greeks. Following on the heels of the 2013-14, A Season of Justice: An exploration of Citizenship, the Drama faculty has made a turn for next year’s season, choosing a theme which offers both exciting new and fascinating re-telling of classic stories about our shared human condition.


Fall 2014 Productions


The Last Lifeboat -- faculty directed workshop

Written by Luke Yankee
Directed by Don Hill