Kinetech Arts combines the work of dancers, scientists and digital artists to create innovative and socially responsible performances. Its piece PASSAGE is an immersive experience that explores the relationship between entropy and time through dance, sound and video installations.
SHAPE (Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, links science and engineering, together with the arts and humanities in set of undergraduate courses.
With the support of the Mondavi Center, performing artists actively engage with course curriculum though artistic residencies and a culminating public performance.
Performing live on a pair of huge invented musical instruments, the duo of acclaimed composer, performer & instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist-extraordinaire Joel Davel consistently generates "an exciting sense of mystery and surprise." (Portland Press Herald)
In Ritual Encounters the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre is reconfigured as a kind of temple that celebrates the secular, sacred environment of Mount Tamalpais. Visitors to this installation are invited to circle in a ritual walk ceramic monuments and biomorphic sculptures that are ringed by dirt mandalas that are themselves edged with hems (hymns) of words.
As a Stanford student, Grace Leslie imagined a new kind of electronic music, engineered to harmonize the brain with the nervous system. Leslie has continued to develop this Brain-Body music as director of the Brain Music Lab at Georgia Tech, and as an active electronic musician committed to harnessing the expression granted by new music technology to understand the link between music and emotion.
Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS), home of the National Youth Poet Laureate, is a social justice movement based at UC Davis that empowers youth and transforms education by creating platforms for critical literacy, access to higher education, youth voice and civic engagement