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

VCU GRACE STREET THEATER’S

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY &

2016-2017 SEASON!

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SPRING 2017

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VCU DANCE NOW 2017

February 16th, 17th, & 18th, 2017 at 8:00pm

February 18th at 2:00pm

VCU dance performance

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets are available via showclix.com or during our Grace Street Theater box office hours Monday-Friday 12-4pm at 804.828.2020.

Tickets:

February 16th, 2017 at 8pm: https://www.showclix.com/event/VCUDN2017THUR

February 17th, 2017 at 8pm: https://www.showclix.com/event/VCUDN2017FRI

February 18th, 2017 at 2pm:https://www.showclix.com/event/VCUDN2017SAT2PM

February 18th, 2017 at 8pm: https://www.showclix.com/event/VCUDN2017SAT8PM

This year, VCU Dance NOW features guest artist Liz Lerman’s iconic work, Still Crossing, along with new works by VCU Dance faculty members Martha Curtis, Robbie Kinter, Scott Putman, Melanie Richards, Eric Rivera, and Autumn Proctor Waddell, all performed by VCU Dance majors. Faculty works are inspired by themes of community and union as well as visual art and original music.

VCU Dance is delighted to share Liz Lerman’s iconic 1986 work, Still Crossing, which has been set on VCU Dance majors and Richmond community members this academic year by members of Dance Exchange and Lerman herself. Originally created to address issues of immigration during the centennial year of the Statue of Liberty, this performance of Still Crossing has been grounded in Richmond’s history as a center of the slave trade and a pivotal site in the Civil War, through partnerships between VCU, Dance Exchange, and community organizations such as the American Civil War Museum, Hope in the Cities, the Better Housing Coalition, and Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion. Dance Exchange worked with VCU Dance and partners over three visits during fall 2016 which encompassed rehearsals, community workshops with seniors at Better Housing Coalition’s Randolph Place, a showing and discussion of the film Traces of the Trade; visits to the American Civil War Museum and vault, and a Richmond Slave Trail Walk. The spring residency period encompasses further community workshops and rehearsals, as well as technical rehearsals and the opening of the piece, with its multigenerational cast, in VCU Dance NOW on February 16.

VCU Dance faculty works included on the program represent a range of research interests and engaging explorations. Martha Curtis’s A Walk in the Park, is a whimsical and perilous escapade revealing a power struggle within a disparate community of people and animals. Featuring nine VCU Dance Majors, with costumes by Damion Bond, this work takes place in the course of a day (or a century) as it translates familiar patterns into a mythical saga.

Robbie Kinter‘s new work embodies a group process where everyone is involved in the decision making and the final outcome. Through this hive mind model, the final product yields more than the sum of the individual dancers. The dancers were not tied to a musical score when creating the piece, and Kinter created the music after the dance was completed.

Scott Putman‘s Echoes of the Round explores the question of what it means to be a woman. Through the telling of individual stories to cultural and social observations, the work investigates the power of the female voice in an otherwise dismissive, male-dominated world. The work challenges nine female dancers encouraging them to find their strength and their voice while simultaneously empowering their rightful place and equality.

To learn more about the VCU Department of Dance & Choreography, please visit: www.arts.vcu.edu/dance

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GENERATION DREAM 2017

February 19th, 2017 3:30pm

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“In the aftermath of a divisive election, and presented during Black History Month, Generation Dream 2017 gives a diverse cast of young people an opportunity to make their voices heard creatively.

For more information visit http://www.rpec.org/generation-dream-gives-youth-a-voice/

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “THE LONG DAY CLOSES” (1992)

February 21st, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 1 hr 25 min

Director: Terence Davies

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“The Long Day Closes is the story of eleven-year-old ‘Bud.’ A sad and lonely boy, Bud struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school, but Bud is the center of attention both from the camera’s angle and from his doting family. With a gray background, the film fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud’s dreary childhood and brings it to life with an elegance Bach would bring to your home movies. The overall effect is a montage of memory which seems to ignite flashes of recognition in the viewer.” -Mark Fleetwood, IMDb

For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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TEDxVCU

** TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT **

February 25th, 2017 at 1:00pm

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“Trends, reoccurring events and circumstances. These are common ways we see patterns. Patterns are the laws of nature and life that present themselves in all disciplines of life – from the smallest microorganism to macrocosm. They manage the systems by which our universe operates. While patterns aren’t always apparent, they are continuous and autonomous.”

Please more information about the event, please visit: www.tedxvcu.com/event/

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THE DEPARTMENT OF CRAFT/MATERIAL STUDIES PRESENTS:

“SHAPING BODIES SYMPOSIUM”

February 24, 2017 at 9:00am-12:00pm

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 The one-day symposium will host Cassils, Chelsey Johnson, Jenni Sorkin, and Kara Thompson – artists and scholars engaged in conversations  around the body, gender identity, race, social justice, and material culture/histories. Funded through VCUarts Infusion Inclusion Initiative, The Shaping Bodies Symposium provides an open space to discuss diverse aspects of identity and overlapping patterns of social injustice.

Schedule:

9:00am Introductions

9:30am Chelsey Johnson

10:00am Cassils

11:00am Q&A

For more information about the Shaping Bodies Symposium and speakers, please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/calendar/event/shaping-bodies-symposium/

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “BLACK GIRL” (1966)

February 28th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 1 hr 5 min

Director: Ousmane Sembene

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“A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.” -IMDb

For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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FORGOTTEN NEWS, FORGOTTEN NAMES

March 3, 7-9 pm

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Forgotten News, Forgotten Names boldly presents a short film “Hell You Talmbout,” that artfully addresses police violence, racial injustice, the Black Lives Matter movement through spoken word, and a tap dance performance by Seattle’s Northwest Tap Connection choreographed by hip hop instructor Shakiah Danielson. Co-director and performer, Joseph Webb will take the stage for a live tap performance followed by a panel discussion that will engage the audience in a question and answer session.

FREE, but advance registration and ticket required. Registration link here.

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “Aferim!” (2015)

March 14th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 1 hr 48 min

Director: Radu Jude

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“Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.” -IMDb

For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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CHRYSALIS INSTITUTE LECTURE

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Event Date/Time

March 16th, 2017 at 7:00pm-9:00pm

 Cost
$25 members | $35 non-members | Pay What You Can (donation strongly recommended)

  Chrysalis Institute will be hosting this years Spring keynote with our partners Ellwood Thompson’s, Integral Yoga Center of Richmond, Natural Awakenings Magazine of Greater Richmond and Temple Beth-El.

Description
Happiness can be elusive. Successful people are not necessarily happy. But happy people are more likely to be successful. And healthier. And they tend to live longer. What role do money, marriage, friends, children, weather, age, and religion play in making us happy? How can happiness be increased? Interest in the subject of happiness has soared — even the United Nations issues World Happiness Reports – and has become a matter of intense study by social scientists, including Dr. Catherine Sanderson, often called the Professor of Happiness.

Dr. Sanderson delves into cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology and the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and provides us with practical (and relatively easy) ways to increase our own psychological well-being – including 10 specific strategies to use at home. She’s studied relationships and happiness for two decades and roams stages around the country – including RVA – enlightening and delighting crowds with her rapid-fire delivery and empirical data laced with humor.

Facilitator
Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD., with degrees from both Stanford and Princeton, is now the Manwell Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College and ranked as one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. She is among the most popular teachers at Amherst – her classes fill rapidly and many former students invite her to their weddings. Sanderson wants to help put happiness within reach of her audiences and in so doing, make herself happier. It is her consuming passion. Its tenets help define how she lives her own life, and she welcomes others to follow her lead.

To learn more about the event and the Chrysalis Institute, please visit:
http://chrysalisinstitute.org/event/the-science-of-happiness-spring-2017-keynote-presentation/?event_date=2017-03-16

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CHESTERFIELD DANCE PERFORMANCE

March 18th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Information: TBA

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GAMELAN RAGA KUSUMA AND RUMPUT PRESENT AN EVENING OF INDONESIAN MUSIC AND DANCE

March 19th, 2017 at 8:00pm

Tickets become available via www.showclix.com on February 26th, 2017 at 8:00am.

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“Gamelan Raga Kusuma (www.ragakusuma.org) is a community-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary gamelan music and dance from Java and Bali. Rumput (rumputband.com) performs Indonesian string-band music known as kroncong. Both ensembles, including over 30 performers, are based in Richmond and have performed throughout the region and at the Smithsonian Institution, the Indonesian Embassy and several cities and villages in Indonesia. Several Balinese and Javanese dancers and musicians from the Indonesian Embassy will appear with ensembles for the proposed performance.”

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS: “LA JETEE & SANS SOLEIL” (2007)

March 21st, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 2 hr 10 min

Director: Chris Marker

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For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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VCUarts GRAPHIC DESIGN GUEST ARTIST LECTURE

March 23rd, 2017 4:30pm

For information, please open the flyer: PRAI-movie-flier

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COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES LEADERSHIP COUNCIL TALENT SHOW

March 24th, 2017 5:00pm

Information: TBA

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CHINESE STUDENT ASSOCIATION CULTURE SHOW

March 25th, 2017 3:00pm

Information: TBA

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VCU DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY DISTINGUISHED SERIES – GUEST LECTURER

March 28th, 2017 4:00pm

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “MASTER CLASS WITH NICOLE BRENEZ” 

March 28th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Information: TBA

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15th ANNUAL CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE

April 1st at 4:00pm & 7:30pm

April 2nd at 2:00pm

Tickets become available March 11th, 2017 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

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JAMES RIVER FILM FESTIVAL

April 6th, 2017 & April 8th, 2017

Films: TBA

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “Russian Ark” (2002)

April 11th, 2017 7:00pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 1 hr 39 min

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

“A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.” -IMDb

For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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VCU PHOTO & FILM PRESENTS, “OJ MADE IN AMERICA” FILM SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR EZRA EDELMAN (PART 1 OF 2)

April 22nd, 2017

Information: TBA

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: SPRING SENIOR PROJECT 2017

Program A: April 19th and 21st, 2017 at 8:00pm

  Program B: April 20th and 22nd, 2017 at 8:00pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets become available March 29th, 2017 at 8:00am via showclix.com.

The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors.

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VCU CINEMA’S CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “Ida” (2013)

April 25th, 2017

Admission: Free and open to the public

Run time: 1 hr 22 min

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

“Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.” -IMDb

For more information about the Cinematheque screenings, please visit:  arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque/

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS: FRESHMAN REP CONCERT

May 3rd, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: Free

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CHRYSALIS INSTITUTE EVENT

May 5th, 2017 7pm

Information: TBA

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HENRICO HIGH SCHOOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS SENIOR PERFORMANCE

June 2nd, 2017 7:30pm

Information: TBA

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