Lauren Vallicella

Graduate Student


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 dancing body. Her dissertation examines the ballets of Léonide Massine (1896 – 1979) during his time with avant-garde company Les Ballets Russes. Through this research, Lauren explores how Massine's work in the 1920-30s became a vehicle for the expression of a new modern corporeality, shaped by the anxiety and trauma of war.

Lauren has taught Writing 2: Academic Writing, and 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 Nuestra Voz.