Unmasked, Choreography by Tonia Shimin
The UCSB Dance Company, directed by Delila Moseley, is a ten-member student dance company in residence in the Division of Dance, UCSB. The company performs throughout the year in Santa Barbara and on tour in California, serving as a training vehicle for dance majors. Dance majors in their senior year are invited by the dance faculty to join the company. Students learn dance repertory by faculty and guest artists. The company is directed in the manner of a professional dance company, where dancers are expected to learn the repertory of different choreographers quickly and competently. The company then performs on campus, in the Santa Barbara community, and on tour in a variety of theatres and other venues, giving the students a wide range of performance experiences. The goal of the Division of Dance is to prepare students for the professional world and participation in this student company is an invaluable part of the dance students' educational experience. The students consistently evaluate working in the company as one of the most challenging and valuable experiences in their career at UCSB.
Delila Moseley (Director,
UCSB Dance Company) is a versatile choreographer, teacher, and director
who works in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz and modern dance.
She holds a B.A. in Dance and a M.A. in Dramatic Art from UCSB where she
is currently on the faculty in the Division of Dance. She has performed
professionally in Los Angeles, New York, and throughout the United States
on tour, working with Donald McKayle's Inner City Repertory Dance Company,
the American Heritage Dance Theatre, the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and
the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She appeared on television in
the New Bill Cosby Show, and the special "Ailey Celebrates Ellington".
While a member of these companies, she performed in works by Gus Solomons,
Talley Beatty, Jaime Rogers, and... She performed for 10 years with Repertory-West
Dance Company, traveling to Europe with the company three times. Choreographers
worked with include Loius Falco, Lucas Hoving, Charles Moulton, Kathryn
Posin, Holly Schiffer, Alan Sener, and... She has directed the UCSB Dance
Company, the student company at UCSB, for seventeen years. The company
performs in the Santa Barbara community and on tour throughout California.
The company has traveled to Mexico twice to perform and to Washington,
D.C. to perform in the Gala Performance for the American College Dance
Festival. In 1997 she received the 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, for which she produced over fifty
concerts, including Choreographer's Showcases, Dance Nights, solo concerts,
Young Dancers Concerts, and experimental concerts. She has choreographed
for the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, City College, UCSB Division of Dance,
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera.
The University of California-Santa Barbara’s Ensemble for Contemporary Music, directed by Dr. Jeremy Haladyna, is the resident contemporary music ensemble for the UCSB Department of Music. Its members include outstanding student and faculty performers. Formed in 1992, it has performed to high acclaim both on campus and in the Santa Barbara community.
"The ECM is the place to go for new music." -Santa Barbara Independent
"When it comes to the sparse portions of contemporary music available in Santa Barbara, eager ears tend to lean toward UCSB, where its Ensemble for Contemporary Music presents several academic concerts each year." -Santa Barbara News Press
"The Ensemble for Contemporary Music continues to play an important role in the musical life of Santa Barbara." -Santa Barbara Independent
event (New Music Festival) has quietly worked wonders over the past several
years. Among the composers brought to town for past festivals are Milton
Babbitt, Mel Powell, Lou Harrison, and Henry Brant." -Los Angeles
Dr. Jeremy Haladyna, Director of UC Santa Barbara's Ensemble for Contemporary Music, holds prizes and academic qualifications from three countries. Jeremy, a laureate of the Lili Boulanger Prize and diplômé of the history-rich Schola Cantorum on Paris' Left Bank, also holds an advanced degree from the University of Surrey (U.K.). He has taught undergraduate composition at UCSB since 1991, and was named to its permanent faculty in March 2000. His own past teachers include William Kraft, Karl Korte, Eugene Kurtz, Jacques Charpentier, and Joseph Schwantner.
In addition to his performing activity he teaches orchestration and is on the faculty of the College of Creative Studies, UCSB. As pianist, composer, conductor and organist, he has long been committed to the espousal of new music. His own music has been heard at Carnegie (Weill) Hall; King's College, London; St. John's Smith Square, London; South Bank Centre, London; the Monday Evening Concerts, Los Angeles; St. Paul's Cathedral, London; All Saints Church, London; BMIC, London; and the National Museum of Art, Mexico City. In December 1999 he premiered his The Vision Serpent at the Chopin Academy, Warsaw during a guest residency, also lecturing on his "Mayan Cycle," now some 20 years in evolution. In October 2000 he was invited to present excerpts from the cycle as the subject of a colloquium at Kings College, London. En la Estera del Chilam Balam and Aluxes! from said cycle have been released on Neuma records. In music of William Kraft, he is recorded as pianist on CRI and Albany.
His Mayan Cycle now stretches to twenty-four pieces, including Zaquico'xol, El Llanto de Izamal, The Maya Curse Pedro de Alvarado, Pok-ta-Pok, The Oracle of 13 Sky, Copal, and the Jaguar Poems. The Jaguar Poems contain rare settings of Yucatec, the authentic (and ancient) language of the Lowland Maya