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January 7, 1990 | Lewis Segal
Judy Mitoma (a.k.a. Susilo) is co-curator (with Peter Sellars) of the 1990 Los Angeles Festival, and a consultant on the ambitious, upcoming PBS series "The Dance Project." She is also the chairwoman of the World Arts and Cultures program at UCLA. Thus, her influence on dance will extend in the 1990s from the academic world to major performance events on stage and TV. During the past decade, her credits as artistic director and/or producer included the 1981 Classical Performing Arts Friendship Mission of Japan (in Los Angeles, New York, Washington and on public television)
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September 29, 2011 | By Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
Entertainment is king in Los Angeles, and the arts are inexorably tugged toward its commercial center. But Judy Mitoma, director of the World Festival of Sacred Music, saw a need for arts and artists expressing other parts of the Angeleno experience — the spiritual, the connection to nature, the acknowledgment of peace. In 1999, when the Dalai Lama sent out a call for a sacred music festival, she knew that was what she was looking for. On Saturday, the fifth World Festival of Sacred Music will fill Los Angeles' historic theaters, churches, temples, museums and beaches with spiritual dance and music for 16 days and nights.
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September 29, 2011 | By Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
Entertainment is king in Los Angeles, and the arts are inexorably tugged toward its commercial center. But Judy Mitoma, director of the World Festival of Sacred Music, saw a need for arts and artists expressing other parts of the Angeleno experience — the spiritual, the connection to nature, the acknowledgment of peace. In 1999, when the Dalai Lama sent out a call for a sacred music festival, she knew that was what she was looking for. On Saturday, the fifth World Festival of Sacred Music will fill Los Angeles' historic theaters, churches, temples, museums and beaches with spiritual dance and music for 16 days and nights.
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September 14, 2008 | Susan Josephs, Special to The Times
Before demonstrating a dance recently at her family's Westside rehearsal studio, Mythili Prakash dropped to the floor in what looked a bit like ballet's first position grand plie and prostrated herself. Then she kissed the floor, in homage to both the studio and her mother, who was seated nearby. "This is 'Namaskar,' " she explained afterward, "when I offer my prayers to the Earth and surrender my ego." For Prakash and her mother, Viji, who has long doubled as her guru, the South Indian classical dance idiom bharata natyam is first and foremost a spiritual practice.
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February 16, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles arts goers are in for a big surprise when the 17-day Pacific-themed festival opens in September, according to Judy Mitoma, co-curator of the Los Angeles Festival. "We've picked work that is very seldom brought by other people. Our programming is not competitive with any existing presenter in this city," said Mitoma, referring to the festival's first group of programs announced Thursday. "Nobody else can afford to do it this way.
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September 14, 2008 | Susan Josephs, Special to The Times
Before demonstrating a dance recently at her family's Westside rehearsal studio, Mythili Prakash dropped to the floor in what looked a bit like ballet's first position grand plie and prostrated herself. Then she kissed the floor, in homage to both the studio and her mother, who was seated nearby. "This is 'Namaskar,' " she explained afterward, "when I offer my prayers to the Earth and surrender my ego." For Prakash and her mother, Viji, who has long doubled as her guru, the South Indian classical dance idiom bharata natyam is first and foremost a spiritual practice.
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May 3, 1990
Nayan K. Patel of Mission Viejo has been added to the expanding list of Orange County groups and individuals chosen for the curated Los Angeles Festival. Patel will help organize members of the East Indian Gujarati community in Orange and Los Angeles Counties for a large Indian folk dance celebration, according to Judy Mitoma, festival co-curator. (Related item, F4).
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January 21, 1990
Thank you John Henken, Barbara Isenberg, Don Shirley, Sylvie Drake, Daniel Cariaga, Lewis Segal and Jan Breslauer for lopping off four decades from my life, making me enter the new decade 40 years younger. If all of you could scare up only one female in "Faces for the Nineties," we are indeed in the 1950s again. Gosh, Lewis Segal, it's nice that you were able to dig up Judy Mitoma and drag her out of that cave where she and all the other women in the arts were hiding, when your colleagues were searching out those bright pusses to adorn the coming decade.
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June 15, 2001 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nine days. Sixty venues. Eighty-five events. Two thousand artists. Everything came together for the World Festival of Sacred Music--the Americas, a multicultural event celebrated in 1999 in response to a global message by the Dalai Lama, who invited countries to use music as a means of ushering in a peaceful millennium.
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April 24, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN
Mariachi Uclatlan, a mariachi band based in Orange, has been added to the growing list of groups and artists from Orange County to participate in September's Los Angeles Festival of the arts. The 12-member band, which regularly performs at El Mariachi restaurant in Orange, is scheduled to play at a gathering "of the best mariachi in the greater Los Angeles area," said Judy Mitoma, festival co-curator.
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February 16, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles arts goers are in for a big surprise when the 17-day Pacific-themed festival opens in September, according to Judy Mitoma, co-curator of the Los Angeles Festival. "We've picked work that is very seldom brought by other people. Our programming is not competitive with any existing presenter in this city," said Mitoma, referring to the festival's first group of programs announced Thursday. "Nobody else can afford to do it this way.
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January 7, 1990 | Lewis Segal
Judy Mitoma (a.k.a. Susilo) is co-curator (with Peter Sellars) of the 1990 Los Angeles Festival, and a consultant on the ambitious, upcoming PBS series "The Dance Project." She is also the chairwoman of the World Arts and Cultures program at UCLA. Thus, her influence on dance will extend in the 1990s from the academic world to major performance events on stage and TV. During the past decade, her credits as artistic director and/or producer included the 1981 Classical Performing Arts Friendship Mission of Japan (in Los Angeles, New York, Washington and on public television)
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April 16, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Dance Merger: UCLA plans to combine its prestigious dance department with its world arts and cultures program, which has gained visibility in recent years in part through its ties to the Los Angeles Festival. Pat Baxter, assistant dean of the School of the Arts, cautioned that plans for the new department--which does not yet have a name--are in the preliminary stages and no curriculum has been set. "The dance department is not going to go away, but rather we want to create something that will .
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May 26, 1986 | SHELLEY BAUMSTEN
Call it a noble experiment. "An Evening of Courtly Arts" at UCLA featured spotty performances of court dance in splendid settings as audiences moved from site to site in the Kerckhoff Hall area. Lovingly reconstructed environments sustained the illusion of courtly elegance and hospitality. Lanterns lit the winding approach to a Japanese Shinto shrine bounded by red lacquer railings and overhung by spreading sycamore branches.
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