Art in Action offers an eclectic mix of workshops, lectures, master classes, films, symposia, and collaborations with other cultural organizations. Designed to extend and supplement the intellectual life of the university, Art in Action provides a forum for members of the UCLA and Los Angeles communities to interact with artists, exchange and express

ideas, and participate in hands-on arts activities and events.


Upcoming Events

April 23: Alison Bechdel – Lecture/Workshop

Award-winning graphic novelist Alison Bechdel will give a lecture about her creative process, followed by a hands-on drawing workshop and Q&A. Participation is free, but reservations are required as space is limited!

Email mlfriedman@arts.ucla.edu to make a reservation

Where: Haines A2, 9 – 11 a.m. (no late admission)



February 27: Alberta Ballet - Master Class

Alberta Ballet will lead an intermediate/advanced master class.

Participation is free, but reservations are required as space is limited!

Email mlfriedman@arts.ucla.edu for info and to make a reservation.

Where: Royce Rehearsal Studio 3-4:15 pm Saturday, 2/27

Post-Performance Discussion with the Company

Where: Royce Hall, Friday, 2/26 immediately following the performance


November 17: Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel - Workshop/Master Class

The potent and evocative productions of Reggie Wilson and his Fist & Heel Performance Group fuse contemporary dance with the spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora. For this workshop, Reggie Wilson teaches his own movement idiom, bringing contemporary technique and postmodern structure to rhythmic folk traditions, while collaborator Andréya Ouamba leads improvisational structures and illustrates the early creative impulses from this collaborative team.

Participation is free, but reservations are required!

Email mlfriedman@arts.ucla.edu for info and to make a reservation.

Where: Royce Rehearsal Studio 5-7 pm



November 3-7: Public Art Exhibit: UCLAlive & wdydwyd?

In conjunction with the ITF production, Once And For All We're Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up And Listen, over 500 UCLA students have submitted tweets, essays and images in answer to the question, “why do you do what you do?” Check out the exhibit and tell us who you are and what you do in our interactive video booth. E

Where: Freud Playhouse Courtyard



In conjunction with the DV8 production, To Be Straight With You , UCLAlive and the Art/Global Health Center present the multimedia exhibit, 13 Love Stories : photographs and video that profile the stories of thirteen California couples who were profoundly affected by Proposition 8. Audience members will also have an opportunity to share their own thoughts on a graffiti wall.

Where: Royce Hall


October 22: Close Up: Omara Potuondo
Cuban chanteuse Omara Portuondo discusses her career and musical influences in an intimate conversation, followed by a short set of her favorite songs. A unique opportunity to interact with a legendary singer whose influence on musical world culture spans generations.

Where: Kaufman Hall, Rm 200, 4pm - 5pm


October 17: Dance/Percussion Workshop

Winner of the National Dance Award in 2008, Shechter is both choreographer and composer of his visceral, emotional dance pieces. Members of the company will lead two workshops:

Dance: a dynamic session that focuses on floor work and fluid movement, a signature of the company’s urban style.

Percussion: Band members from the company will lead a free workshop for percussionists and string players. Bring your instruments and a willingness to improvise.

In the last hour, percussion workshop will join the dance workshop for an improvised music/dance session!

Where: Royce Hall 11am - 2pm

Space is limited, call 310-206-1144 for more info about location and parking, and to reserve a space. Go to http://uclalive.org/event.asp?Event_ID=653 to hear the music and see the company in action!


October 8: Baaba Maal: In Conversation
As a preview to his Royce Hall appearance in April, Senegalese musical sensation Baaba Maal will speak about his new CD Television which features Brazilian Girls and a subtle blending of electronic dance elements with the timeless tradition s of West African music. Discussion will also focus on his work to spread AIDS awareness and his role as a United Nations Youth Emissary. The evening will conclude with a performance of select songs from the new CD.

Where: Schoenberg Hall 8 pm
Admission is free to UCLA students with a Bruin card. A select number of seats are available on a first-come first-served basis to faculty and staff, and to Baaba Maal ticket holders for the April show at Royce. Call the Education Reservation Line at 310-206-1144. Co-sponsored with SCA: Student Committee for the Arts , www.sca.ucla.edu


Highlights of Past Events!

In-class discussions, lectures and workshops are open to observation to all UCLA students who are not enrolled in the class. Non-class events are open to all and free. For student discount tickets to UCLA Live performances, go to   www.tickets.ucla.edu


April 30: Ballet Preljocaj
Ticket holders to Ballet Preljocaj are invited to observe a company dance class.
Where: Royce Hall Rehearsal Studio 4:00-5:30 pm
Seating is extremely limited, this event is free but you must have a reservation. Call the Education Reservation Line at 310-206-1144. Latecomers will not be admitted.


April 24: Oliver Sacks - Music, Healing and the Brain
An informal discussion for students and faculty, co-sponsored with the UCLA Institute for Molecular Medicine.
Where: Neuroscience Research Building/Auditorium, 12:00 pm
This is a first-come, first served event. Seating is limited


Humor Writing Contest for UCLA Students!

If you have a talent for writing and a great sense of humor, submit your entry and win tickets to see David Sedaris at UCLA Live, and have your essay published in the Daily Bruin. Co-sponsored with SCA: Student Committee for the Arts.
Go to www.sca.ucla.edu for details and to upload your submission.
Start writing, the deadline to enter is midnight, April 15, 2009!


Limerick and Doodle Contest!

In conjunction with the production of My Uncle Arly, based on the nonsense poetry and doodles of British poet and writer Edward Lear, UCLA Live is sponsoring an all-ages limerick and doodle contest on the theme: “Traveling Far and Wide!”
Upload poems and art using the Art Submission Form at the top of this page.

Winning submissions will be displayed in the lobby of the Freud Playhouse, March 23-29. Submission deadline: March 16, 2009 at midnight!


Recent Activities

Art Exhibition at UCLA Live

In conjunction with the Volksbühne production of Ivanov, UCLA Live sponsored the worldwide community art project, "why do you do what you do?" Over 500 submissions from the UCLA and Los Angeles community were on exhibit in front of the Freud Playhouse, December 2-11, 2008.  To see the submissions, and for more info on "why do you do what you do" and artist Tony Deifell, go to: http://wdydwyd.ning.com/


Dance the Tango at UCLA Live!

February 3:  Guillermina Quiroga Dance Company Dancers from this internationally renowned Tango company, along with the musical group,  Los Cosos de al Lao will participate in a Milonga with live music, Tango instruction and free dance. Co-presented with SCA: Student Committee for the Arts.

Where:  Royce Hall Rehearsal Studio:  7:00pm-10:00pm

This is a free, ticketed event.  For info on how to reserve a ticket, please call the Education reservation line @ 310.206.1144

February 6:  Guillermina Quiroga Dance Company Tango Master Class!  Qillermina Quiroga and her partner, Cesar Coelho will lead a Tango Master Class.Open to all UCLA students, staff and faculty to partcipate or observe. reservations required, call  310-206-1144 .

Where: Gloria Kaufman Hall, room 1000 and time 10:00am-12:00pm.

Supported by the Henry Mancini Tribute Fund


And if the Tango isn't enough...

February 27:  Batsheva Dance Company Movement workshop!  Gaga/Naharin is a movement language developed over the last decade by Ohad Naharin, Batsheva's long-time artistic director. This expressive and dynamic movement language is used daily by dancers of the Batsheva Dance Company and Batsheva Ensemble as the basis for their distinctive technique. Open to all ages; professional and non-professional alike.

Where: Royce Hall Rehearsal Studio, 5-6:30 pm. Space is limited, reservations required. Call 310-206-1144

November 6: Los Cenzontles Members of this Mexican roots music band blend traditional and contemporary Chicano rhythms in a 90 minute discussion/performance.

Where: Garden Theatre/Kaufman Hall: 12:00 pm

November 21: Muzsikás and Márta Sebestyén on the afternoon of their Royce Hall performance at 8:00 pm, Hungary’s most celebrated gypsy folk ensemble participate in a discussion/performance. Co-sponsored by the UCLA International Institute: Center for European and Eurasian Studies.

Where: Schoenberg Music Building, room 1325, 12:00 pm

December 5: Theatre Volksbuhne company members will participate in a workshop/master class for students and faculty. Their groundbreaking production of Ivanov performs  Dec 3-7 at  Freud Playhouse.

Where: On stage at the Freud Playhouse ,  11:30 am-1:30 pm

December 6: Theatre Volksbuhne/Ivanov post-performance discussion with company members, and director Dimiter Gotscheff. Moderated by renowned translator and UCLA Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Michael Heim. Co-sponsored by the UCLA International Institute: Center for European and Eurasian Studies.

Where: Freud Playhouse: immediately following the performance at 8:00 pm

December 16: Andrew Dawson: The Intersection of Art and Science special discussion with Andrew Dawson, creator and performer of Quartre Mains and Space Panorama, the final production in the International Theatre Festival. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Molecular Medicine.
Where: Center For Health Sciences, Rm. 73-105: 12:00 .m