Richmond, VA – VCU Department of Dance and Choreography co-presents Stormy Weather on Saturday, February 9th 7:00pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond as part of the VCU Southern Film Festival, in association with the VCU College of Humanities & Sciences, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Virginia Historical Society. Tickets are free and no advance reservations are required.
Founded in 2010 to explore how the distinctiveness of the South has been portrayed onscreen, the VCU Southern Film Festival brings together films and those involved in their making with constructive commentary. The theme for SFF 2013 is Screening Southern Freedom.
Loosely based on the life of Richmond native Bill “Bojangles” Robinson who achieved economic freedom through his extraordinary skills as a tap dancer, the 1943 musical Stormy Weather has long been considered a primary showcasing of some of the top African-American performers of the time who rarely appeared in Hollywood principal roles. Notable performances by an all star African-American cast include Katherine Dunham, the Nicholas brothers, Lena Horne’s rendition of the title song, Fats Waller’s composition Ain’t Misbehavin, and Cab Calloway’s Jumpin’ Jive.
“These were just a few of the many talented artists who managed to “ply their trade” amid exclusionary practices of the time. It would behoove us to study films produced by “Colored” studios and producers during the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s featuring African American directors and actors in roles representing a wide cross-section of their culture” states moderator Daphne Maxwell-Reid, actress and host of Virginia Currents on WCVE, who will lead a discussion following the film screening.
The presenting program of VCU Dance is committed to building and engaging dance audiences in the University and Richmond communities while providing opportunities for artists to present and create work.
Recognized by professional dancers and choreographers as “a place where things are happening,” Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography offers a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere where students prepare for careers in dance. VCUarts is ranked the #1 public university arts and design program in the country according to US News & World Report.
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