M.A. Theater and Dance Studies, UCSB 2013
B.A. English Literature & Dance, UCSB 2011
A graduate of UCSB’s Dance and English Literature programs, Lauren Vallicella now explores theories of corporeality, performance, and the body as archive as a PhD candidate. Her areas of study and interest within Dance History broadly span from the mid 19th century (Romantic Ballet) to contemporary choreographers such as Bill T. Jones. Most specifically, her research pertains to issues of fragmentation, identity, memory, and trauma expressed through the medium of the dancing body. Her dissertation examines the collaborations between Cubist painter Pablo Picasso and avant-garde company Les Ballets Russes between the years of 1917-1924. Through this research, Lauren explores how dance in the early to mid twentieth century, heavily influenced by Surrealism, Cubism, and Dada, mirrored the fragmentation inherent in a time of war.
Lauren has been a Teaching Assistant for Dance 45: History and Appreciation of Dance, Dance 36: History of Modern Dance, Theater 5: Intro to Acting, Theater 1: Play Analysis, and has served as choreographer for Nuestro Voz.