In November 2010, students and faculty from the Jakarta Institute of the Arts (IKJ)  in Indonesia came to CalArts for a week-long, planning session for future workshops and collaborations between the two institutions. During that time, an intensive, collaborative project, Life at Sea, was developed. A similar experience is being planned for CalArts students and faculty who will travel to Jakarta in October 2011.
CalArts students and graduates representing the schools of Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater presented a selection of original work during the Ruhrtriennale 2011  at PACT Zollverein  on Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2011. Located near Essen in western Germany, PACT is an international contemporary arts and artists’ center housed in a former coal factory and industrial complex. The new works highlighted the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration, excellence in specialized art practice, and the experimental work for which CalArts is best known.
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In January 2011, CalArts and Chung-Ang University  collaborated on Lear/Layer—a new piece of global theater adapted from Chung-Ang’s take on King Lear by Shakespeare.
While a number of institutions are participating in the Moscow project, the project begins with Moscow Art Theater's school. Students from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS)  in Moscow arrived at CalArts in February 2011 for a two-week exchange with CalArts' School of Theater, part of a process that will culminate in a production that’s scheduled to premiere in Moscow in June 2011.
Director Martin Acosta, an international theater figure, brought professional actors from Cultura UDG  to work with CalArts students in the Fall 2010. In January 2011, several CalArts students spent time in Guadalajara, working with Cultura UDG.
Photo: Anne Lebaron
After three years in the making, The Silent Steppe Cantata  debuted in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on March 25, 2011, in the city’s newly restored Zhambyl State Philharmonic Hall. With music composed by CalArts faculty member Anne LeBaron, several CalArts' students and alumni were integral to the production. LeBaron is the first American woman to work with a major orchestral ensemble in Central Asia—the Sazghen Sazy National Folk Chamber Orchestra with Zhamat Temirgaliyev, conductor.