Welcome to Grace Street Theater

Virginia Commonwealth University's Grace Street Theater is a little known but successful example of renovation and adaptive use of a historic property. The building originally opened in 1935 as the Lee Theatre, a neighborhood movie theater showing second-run films. It served for a brief period in the late 1950s/early 1960s as an art house theater. In 1965 it became known as the Lee Art Theatre and began presenting adult films along with burlesque style dancers. VCU purchased the property in 1993 and after extensive renovations the building re-opened in 1996 as VCU's Grace Street Theater. The theater is now the primary performing venue for VCU's Department of Dance and Choreography which operates the building and the box office. VCU's Department of Art History and Cinema Program also uses the building for many of its classes and screenings. In addition to its University uses, the 225 seat theater is available to the Richmond community to rent for dance performances, films, lectures, and other events.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

14th Annual Choreographers Showcase

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 4:00pm & 8:00pm

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 2:00pm

Admission: $10/ General Admission

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Margaret Allen – Photo by Katie Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets are available at www.showclix.com or at our Grace Street Theater Box Office at 804-828-2020, Mon.-Fri from 12-4pm and one hour before each performance.

April 2nd, 2016 at 4:00pm:

For 14 years the Richmond Annual Choreographers Showcase has been bringing established and emerging choreographers to Richmond, Virginia and has continually been the only dance festival on the east coast that provides support for new works by dance artists.  Through an adjudication process, the choreographers are selected for the Showcase with the ultimate goal of providing three performances of eclectic and engaging dance works in one weekend.

Produced by Starr Foster Dance Project, admission to the Showcase is set at the low cost of $10 to encourage the general public to come out, experience and support the performing arts. It is our goal to recognize and promote other dance companies and expose them to the flourishing dance scene in Richmond. Performances will take place at the Grace Street Theater on Saturday, April 2nd 2016 (4pm and 8pm) and Sunday, April 3rd 2016 (2pm).

Kylie McCormick/ Chester, Virginia (University Student Choreographer Award)

SELECTED CHOREOGRAPHERS:

Amy Diane Morrow/The Theorists/Austin,Texas

Kaila Pettus/Richmond, Virginia

Meredith Rainey/ Rain Ross Dance/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Todd Rosenlieb/Todd Rosenlieb Dance/Norfolk, Virginia

Starrene Foster/Starr Foster Dance Project/Richmond, Virginia

Kyoko Ruch/Washington, DC

Margaret Allen/Marge Dances/Richmond, Virginia

For more information visit www.sfdproject.org and follow us online at

www.facebook.com/SFDProject/ and https://twitter.com/StarrFosterDanc

 

Cinematheque Presents, “The Man from London” (2007)

April 5th, 2016 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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Directed by: Bela Tarr & Agne Hranitzky

Written by: Georges Simenon (novel), Bela Tarr (screenplay), & Laszlo Krasnahorkai (screenplay)

Film Length: 139 min.

Film Description:

“A switchman at a seaside railway witnesses a murder but does not report it after he finds a suitcase full of money at the scene of the crime.” -IMDb

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyb-7Mb7irA

 

William E. and Miriam S. Blake Lecture: Speaker – Dr. Terryl Givens

April 6th, 2016 at 7:30pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“The lecture honors William E. and Miriam S. Blake and is presented annually by a renowned scholar. The lecture is supported by an endowed fund established by family, friends, colleagues,and those who enjoyed the History of Christianity course which Professor Blake initiated at VCU. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of this lecture series.

The 2016 lecture is scheduled for April 6th at 7:30 PM in the Grace Street Theater. The speaker is Dr. Terryl Givens (University of Richmond), and the topic will be the history of Mormonism.

For more information, please contact the Dr. Andrew Crislip (acrislip@vcu.edu or 804-828-0155), the History Department’s Blake Chair in the History of Christianity.”

 

VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Department of African American Studies – Film Screening & Q&A

April 7th, 2016 at 5:30pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation” – a film directed by Gezus Zaire (Rebellife Media).  Documentary Screening followed by a Q & A session with the director.

Armed with a provocative album cover that featured her posterior posing in front of a car,   along with numerous songs and music videos that further demonstrated her appetite for sexual satisfaction, Adina Howard became one of late nineties’s most sought after, controversial and polarizing musical talents.  Yet, despite her fame and notoriety, within a relatively short amount of time, Adina Howard became a “where are they now” topic as the tumultuous politics of show business placed her     sophomore album on the shelf and abruptly halted a promising career. “Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation,” gives an inside look of how boldness, sex appeal and stardom affected the life of an R&B sensation.  (Co-sponsored by AFAM and GSWS)

 

James River Film Festival

April 8th & 9th, 2016

Admission: Tickets are available in advanced at jamesriverfilm.org

Event Schedule:

April 8th, 2016: 8:30pm

“Shadows Choose Their Horrors”

w/Marc Ribot live & filmmaker Jennifer Reeves

Admission: $12/General Admission

Tickets in advance online at jamesriverfilm.org

Critically-accaimed guitarist Marc Ribot  returns to RVA for this rare collaboration with critically-acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Reeves, in a silent film-live music event that has
been performed only twice before, in NYC and Detroit. Mr. Ribot’s name has been
linked with the likes of John Zorn, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, and Ms. Reeves
was recently recognized as one of fifty filmmakers world-wide to take note of. Together,
Ribot’s guitar, which seemingly knows no generic boundaries, explores the nuances of
Reeves’ experimental, filmic montage.  In addition to Shadows Choose Their Horrors
(2005), Landfill 16 (2011) and He Walked Away (2003-06 ) round out the program. Q &
A with Mr. Ribot and Ms. Reeves after the screening!  (Note: Ms. Reeves will screen a
second program of experimental works Sat. April 9, 8 pm, GSTh)

Co-sponsored by VCU Arts Department of Photography and Film

 

April 9th, 2016:

1:30pm 

“Run”  (dir: J.J. McMoon, scr: McMoon & James Draper II, 84 min., 2015)
w/ director J.J. McMoon, cast and crew

Admission: $5

A first-feature that hits the ground running, Run is chock full of RVA talent and locales!
Half-thriller spoof and half-travelogue,  McMoon’s and Draper’s clever script was shot
on the lean in a matter of weeks, spotlighting various Richmond neighborhoods and
eateries, as well as local talents Rebecca Turner, Richard Spencer, Dale Heiskill and Jon
Baamonde. Making no excuse for its satire or tongue-in-cheek effects, Run is a marathon
of suspense that ends with a bang! Q & A with director and cast after the screening.

 

3:30pm

“Southeast 67” (prod/dir: Elizabeth Cox, 71 min., 2015)

w/ guest director/producer Betsy Cox

Admission: $5

In Washington, DC’s Anacostia neighborhood, high school graduation rates in the 1980s-
1990s were pretty dismal, and its school district was arguably one of the worst in the
country.  But in 1994, a group of 67 seventh graders were chosen randomly by the
philanthropic organization Dreamers, with the goal of forging a path to college or post-
high school education.  In Southeast 67, Charlottesville-based director Cox follows the
narratives of some of those students twenty years later.  Poignant and inspiring, Southeast
67 brings Ms. Cox  back after 22 years—she screened Who’s Gonna Sing Our Song? at
our first festival in 1994! Q & A with director/producer Betsy Cox after the screening.

 

8:00pm

“More Experimental Cinema” (1998-2013)

w/ guest filmmaker Jennifer Reeves

Admission: $7

Jennifer Reeves’ personal films exemplify that thread of cinema deemed experimental–
with her direct-on-film techniques, first-person cinematography, complexity of sound and
image, and optical printing.  But experimental is more than technique, it has become the
cinema’s true standard-bearer of film as art, beyond the reaches of commerce and narr-
ative.  In the spirit of Marie Menken, Maya Deren, and past guests Stan Brakhage, Jonas
Mekas, and Nathaniel Dorsky we’re proud to screen her following titles: TRT: 67 min.
Fear of Blushing (6 min., 2001, 16 mm, optical); We Are Going Home (10 min., 1998,
16mm, optical); Trains Are for Dreaming (7 min., 2009, 16mm, optical); Color Neutral
(3 min., 2014, 16mm, optical)

INTERMISSION/ Q & A with guest filmmaker Jennifer Reeves

Strawberries in the Summertime (15 min., 2013, pro-res,stereo)

Light Work Mood Disorder (26 min., 2007,16 mm  dual projection)

 

9:30pm

“Heart of a Dog” (dir: Laurie Anderson, 75 min., 2015)

Admission: $7

Renowned multi-media artist and performer Laurie Anderson reflects on life, love, art
and her relationship with her pet terrier.  She palled around with William Burroughs, had
a hit record with Home of the Brave, became the darling of the avant-garde and married
rocker Lou Reed.  In Heart of a Dog, Anderson balances her wry observations and
sometimes weighty themes with lyricism and grace. “A celebration of life, and how
special it is to be part of it while we’re here.” SF Chronicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinematheque Presents, “Yeelen” (1987)

April 12th, 2016 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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Directed and Screenplay by: Souleymane Cisse

Film Length: 106 min.

Film Description:

“In the 13th century, Niankoro (Issiaka Kane) is born to the shaman Soma (Niamanto Sanogo), who fears his offspring’s magical powers. Niankoro flees with his mother (Soumba Traore) and masters his skills while staying ahead of his father’s attempts to track him down. Setting off on a journey to ask his uncle, Djigui Diarra (Ismaila Sarr), for advice, Niankoro uses his abilities to help tribal king Rouma Boll (Balla Moussa Keita) defeat a neighboring tribe, thereby earning the king’s friendship.” -IMDb

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5IEhJgMgK0

 

VCU Dance & Choreography Department Presents:

Identity4 – Spring 2016 Senior Project Concert 

Thursday – Saturday April 21, 22, & 23, 2016 at 8pm

Admission: Tickets $15/$10 students

( Tickets are available at www.showclix.com )

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Online Showclix Ticket Pages:

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 8:00pm:
https://www.showclix.com/event/SSP16THURS8PM

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 at 8:00pm:
https://www.showclix.com/event/SSP16FRI8PM

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 8:00pm:
https://www.showclix.com/event/SSP16SAT8PM

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance & Choreography is pleased to present Identity4 Spring 2016 Senior Project Concert, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 21, 22 & 23 at 8:00 pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Tickets are $15/$10 students with valid I.D. Group discounts available. Visit Showclix.com or call 804-828-2020 for reservations.

Join the VCU Dance class of 2016 as they present their capstone choreographic projects in Identity4. Experience the different identities that make us question our obsession with electronic stimuli, and a satirical look at how masculinity shapes our interactions with society. Take a journey on the path to empowered intimacy after trauma, and tip the scales to reveal how power is divided in various relationships. This concert is enlivened by VCU Dance’s collaboration with Theatre VCU, eight of whose students are providing lighting and costume design for the four choreographers’ works.

Anna Jane Glascock’s “Dys.connect” delves into a dystopian future controlled by the presence of technology. When the element of addictive technology is stripped from society, individuals must fight to rediscover their identities and deal with raw human interaction.

“Assertive by Rule,” choreographed by Reese Goldman, presents three duets that examine the balance of power and dominance in relationships. Six dancers shape the space with exciting partnering and rich physicality, set to contrasting music to further reveal the power dynamics of relationships.

Rex Kennedy’s “Man Down” examines the detrimental effects of toxic hyper-masculinity through a collection of vignettes centered around childhood experiences. His six dancers traverse extreme performative states and lush, precarious movement while using satire to reveal the contributions we all make to the culture of misogyny.

“Altered States,” choreographed by Tyesha Nance, explores how sexual abuse unravels compassionate intimacy. Tyesha uses five women to portray the dichotomy of physical intimacy and trauma through supportive, risk-taking movement that exemplifies what many women go through but are afraid to speak about.

Identity4 is the seventh event in VCU Dance’s 35th Anniversary Season. Keep up and tell us what you think at #VCUDANCE35. 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.

 

 

Cinematheque Presents, “Gomarrah” (2008)

April 26th, 2016 at 7pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

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Directed by: Matteo Garrone

Written by: Roberto Saviano (book)

Screenplay by: Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, and Roberto Saviano

Film Length: 137 min.

Film Description:

“An inside look at Italy’s modern crime families.” – IMDb

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egtdYTuRKto

 

 

VCU Department of Dance & Choreography: Freshman Rep Concert

May 4th, 2016  at 7pm

 

Henrico Center for the Arts Senior Performance

June 3rd, 2016 at 7:30pm