Professor Emeritus, Dance
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, 2020, Dance
Phone: (949) 824-7283
University of California, Irvine
300 Mesa Arts
Mail Code: 2775
Irvine, CA 92697
Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Improvisation, International Collaborations, Site Specific Dance, Laban Movement Analysis
Since coming to UCI in 2003, Loretta has been awarded the Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching (2008), a Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award/Celebration of Teaching (2007), the Outstanding Professor Award for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, selected by the graduating class of 2006, and the UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, for "Distinguished Fostering of Undergraduate Research" 2015 and 2017.
Loretta Livingston is a contemporary/modern dancer and choreographer, director, international collaborator and dance educator. Her research centers around "the lived moment" available in performance, improvisation and creative collaborations. She makes Dance Theater, using movement, voice, text, literary sources, live video projections and interactivity, live music and "set choreographies" mixed with improvisation. She creates dance performance events for theaters, alternative spaces and urban "site specific" locations. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally, in the Seong Nam International Dance Festival, Seoul, Korea (2009), The Singapore Dans Festival (2009, 08, 07) and the Dance Camera istanbul Festival, Istanbul, Turkey (2009, 07). She has ongoing creative partnerships with dance artists in Korea, Singapore and Turkey. She has been a guest artist in university dance programs throughout the United States of America and abroad. She is a graduate of the Dance School of California Institute of the Arts, is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, and holds a Ph.D in Dance from Texas Woman's University. She is a Zen practitioner and member of the Japanese Soto Zen dharma lineage.