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
RVA Dance Collective Presents: “rva.dance.local”
May 10th & 11th at 8pm
Admission: $11/students $16/general admission
Each year, the rva dance collective season culminates in an evening-length presentation of the company’s repertory for the season.
The 2010 recipient of the Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts, rva dance collective, is excited to present “rva. dance.local,” its annual spring concert, May 10 and 11, 2013, at 8 p.m. at the Virginia Commonwealth University Grace Street Theater. For the past three years, the company’s spring performances have been held in this venue and have been met with acclaimed reviews and nearly sold out audiences.
Co-artistic directors Jess Burgess and Danica Kalemdaroglu conclude the 2012-13 season with a diverse repertory of modern and contemporary dance. The evening will consist of new works choreographed by both directors this season. Burgess’ “my house, myself” was chosen to be featured in “en route: A Touring Dance Project,” presented by Next Reflexive Dance Collective in March 2013. The piece explores the identity of self in relation to a home and the underlying effect the recent housing crisis has left on the American population.
In addition, rva dance collective is proud to present the choreographic debut of company member Casey Royer. Each year the collective commissions work from company members in the spirit of artistic collaboration.
Also sharing the stage with rva dance collective will be The Dance Company’s student performance group. As company-in-residence at The Dance Company, a local studio based in Mechanicsville, Va., rva dance collective strives to continually give students the opportunity to perform in professional capacities.
The company is thrilled to have special guests Latin Vintage, based in Richmond, Va., share the stage with it this season. Latin Vintage will bring an extraordinary flare to the show with their high-energy salsa inspired choreography.
The collective continues to evolve and explore their artistic vision by creating a concert that is accessible to all audiences and artists in the region. Admission is $11 for students with a valid ID and $16 for general admission. Tickets will be available for purchase online soon as well as at the door the evenings of the performances.
For more information about rva dance collective, please visit http://www.rvadancecollective.com/
To purchase tickets, please visit www.showclix.com or call our box office M-F from 12:00-4:00 at 804-828-2020.
Cinematheque Presents “Turin Horse”
May 14th, 2013 at 7pm
Admission is free and open to the public.
Directed by Bela Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky, this film is about a rural farmer that is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.
“An auterist triumph.” -The New York Times
Won Grand Prix Berlin Film Festival, Official Selection New York Film Festival.
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