Featuring an exclusive conversation between:

  • Dennis Nahat, THE DONALD McKAYLE LEGACY, Producing Manager and Theatre Ventures International, Founder/President
  • Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Artistic Director, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Moderated by Jennifer Fisher, Associate Professor of Dance, Claire Trevor School of the Arts

In consultation with Lea Vivante McKayle, Artistic Director/Executor, THE DONALD McKAYLE LEGACY


Sponsored by the Partners of the UCI Libraries


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | Student Center and Langson Library, University of California, Irvine
5:30-6:45 p.m. – Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
6:45-7:45 p.m. – Exhibit Viewing and Reception – Roger C. Holden Faculty and Graduate Student Reading Room and Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery, Langson Library

Walk-ins welcome

Refreshments and wine will be served. Must be 21+ for wine service.
Free and open to the public.

The UCI Libraries announce the opening of a new exhibit, Donald McKayle: Dancing for all Time, on Wednesday, November 7th at 5:30PM in Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center. Dennis Nahat, Producing Manager of THE DONALD McKAYLE LEGACY and Founder/President of Theatre Ventures International; and Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Artistic Director of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company are the opening night guest speakers. Associate Professor of Dance - UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Jennifer Fisher, will moderate the conversation.

Donald McKayle: Dancing for all Time shines light on the life of Distinguished Professor Donald McKayle; capturing his life as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and activist. Seminal pieces like Rainbow Round My Shoulder, They Called Her Moses, and District Storyville may be featured, alongside more contemporary and lesser known works like Uprooted and Crossing the Rubicon. Additional themes in the exhibit may include McKayle’s connection to UCI, African Americans in dance, and exploration of how McKayle’s works reflect the civil protest and societal unrest of then and now.

The program will be followed by a reception and exhibit viewing in Langson Library, UCI. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are first come, first served. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu.


Dancing for all Time is curated by Scott Stone, Research Librarian for Performing Arts and Derek Quezada, Outreach and Public Services Librarian, Special Collections & Archives; and is designed by Jennifer Betonio, Allan Helmick and Sylvia Irving.


The UCI Libraries Exhibits Program promotes the diverse holdings and scholarly and cultural value of the Libraries’ collections to the campus and community.
•    To support the Libraries' Collection Enhancement Fund, please go to: http://www.uadv.uci.edu/CollectionEnhancementFund. 
•    To sponsor this exciting event please contact Wendi Morner, Director of Development, at wmorner@uci.edu or call 949.824.8904.


Donald McKayle: Dancing for all Time will be on display in the Langson Library, Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery during regular library hours.