UCR is Dancing 2019

Department of Dance

UCR is Dancing 2019  
An annual showcase of new ideas and experiments in original dance making by UCR undergraduate dance majors.
taisha paggett, Artistic Director and Assistant Professor
Dance makers include Ericka Brown, Eddie Gage, Zana Gant, Laura Moran, Briana Montes, Yesenia Mowery, Akili DeMetre Ploudre, Robin Saxton, Nadia Williams, Julia Zumaya
March 7-9, 2019
March 7 & 8, Thursday & Friday, 8:00 P.M.
March 9, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
University Theatre

Under the artistic direction of Assistant Professor taisha paggett, UCR is Dancing makes its highly anticipated return to the University Theatre this March with original works by ten undergraduate dance majors. This production is the culmination of five quarters worth of rigorous study in dance composition, critical studies and movement practice courses offered within the Dance undergraduate curriculum. Utilizing various compositional tools and approaches including repetition, variation, improvisation, gesture, mirroring digitized forms, musicality, and autobiography, the solo, duet and group compositions of this year’s concert explore experiences of pain, solitude, insecurity, synaesthesia, emotional darkness, and the labor of togetherness and coming of age as not weight but rather fuel for personal and collective becoming.

Some performances include adult subject matter, sexual situations, and strong language.

taisha paggett is an Assistant Professor in the Dance Department and interdisciplinary dance artist whose individual and collaborative works re-articulate and collide specific western choreographic practices with the politics of daily life in order to interrogate fixed notions of queer Black embodiment and survival. Such works include the dance company project, WXPT (we are the paper, we are the trees), and the collaborative School for the Movement of the Technicolor People, both of which seek to radicalize concepts held within contemporary dance by way of an intersection with social practice; critical pedagogy; somatic and contemplative investigations; queer, feminist and Black studies; performance and visual art studies; and the political and philosophical meshes of personal history. Recently honored with the 2019 Merce Cunningham Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York City, paggett's work has also been supported by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts; Clockshop; the MAP Fund (in conjunction with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions); and National Performance Network amongst other institutions. paggett received a BA in Art History from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Additional information at: taishapaggett.net

Admission: $14.00 General, $10.00 students, UCR alumni cardholders, senior citizens & children.

University Theatre Box Office Window:  (951) 827-4331
Open Wednesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. and one hour before each performance.
Phone Orders and Customer Service: (951) 827-3367 Monday-Friday, 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Buy Tickets Online
Parking: $6.50 in Lot 6 - no fee with UC permit.
INFORMATION: (951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu  dance.ucr.edu

Events are subject to change without notice.
No Reserve Seating: Seating in some venues is limited, so arrive early for best seats.
Events begin promptly at the announced curtain time.
Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate pause in the program as designated by the management.
Please order carefully. No exchanges or refunds will be made, except in the event a performance is canceled.
Regardless of age, all patrons must have a ticket. Infants on laps are not permitted.

Photo: Jonathan Godoy

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

University Theatre, HUMN 400

Event Type

Arts, Dance


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Alumni, International Students, Transfer Students, General Public


$14.00 General, $10.00 students, UCR alumni cardholders, senior citizens & children

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