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

THE GRACE STREET THEATER

2017-2018 SEASON

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS “MR. GAGA” SCREENING

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Doors: 7:30pm/ Screening: 8:00pm

Admission: $8 general admission/$5 students

Tickets can be purchased online through Showclix, or during  The Grace Street Theater Box Office hours from 12:00pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday.

VCU Dance is delighted to present a screening of Tomer Heymann’s riveting documentary on Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company.

“The most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since ‘Pina.'” -Variety

Watch the film trailer, here.

To learn more about the VCU Dance 2017-2018 Season, please visit: http://www.arts.vcu.edu/dance

 

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “LORNA’S SILENCE”

September 26th, 2017

Doors 6:30pm/ Event: 7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. They need money, and a permanent resident status. Claudy is a junkie – he needs money to satisfy his addiction. Andrei, the cigarette smuggler, must hold up for a while outside Russia; he has loads of money. Fabio, the Italian taxi driver and aspiring gang boss, elaborates a clever scheme: he will pay Claudy to marry Lorna so that she acquires a Belgian citizenship. Then she is to re-marry Andrei, who will in this way obtain the coveted EU passport – and pay a hefty price to Fabio and Lorna for the service. Like all plans, this one will not survive the contact with reality.” -imDb

Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

Run Time: 1 hr 45 min

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VCUARTS DEPARTMENT OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

PECHA KUCHA PRESENTATIONS

September 28th, 2017

4:30pm-6:30pm

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STARR FOSTER DANCE PROJECT

October 5th, 6th, 7th, 2017 at 8pm

October 8th, 2017 at 2pm

Photo Credit: Doug Hayes

Admission: $25 General Admission/ $20 Students & Seniors

Tickets:

October 5th, 2017 at 8:00pm
https://www.showclix.com/event/SFDPTHURS17

October 6th, 2017 at 8:00pm
https://www.showclix.com/event/SFDPFRI17

October 7th, 2017 at 8:00pm
https://www.showclix.com/event/SFDPSAT17

October 8th, 2017 at 2:00pm
https://www.showclix.com/event/SFDPSUN17

“Following a very momentous 2016/2017 tour season, Starr Foster Dance Project will first bound into their 2017/2018 season with a September stop in Baltimore, followed by their Richmond Fall performances October 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th at the Grace Street Theater. Foster will be presenting 3 premieres, Sleep of the Guilty, Animal and The Shaking Season along with the much anticipated re-staging of Nineteen43. Performances are at 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. General admission is $25 and $20 for Students and Seniors and are available through showclix.com and the Grace Street Theater box office.

First performed in 2013, Nineteen43, is a haunting and breathtaking reinterpretation of Foster’s grandmothers stories of the holocaust. One of Foster’s finest works, and a Richmond favorite, Nineteen43 transports the viewer through a journey of meaningful and historical significance. Set to an original score by Richmond musician and composer Robbie Kinter, this work is about survival and the power of family. Highlighting Foster’s unique voice to create unusual and skillful partnering, Sleep of the Guilty is a restless and fiery sextet inspired by dreams that are affected by guilt, stress and anxiety. Tapping into Foster’s quirky side, with a dose of dark humor, Animal is a collection of 4 duets with movements inspired by the behaviors, anatomy and mating practices of a particular animal; with each section carrying the title of the particular animal. The Shaking Season, an electrifying, fast paced quintet for all women, symbolizes the act of releasing and shedding undesired burdens. The women of the Dance Project establish their ferocity and strength in their performance in this new quintet. Foster and her company have also collaborated with Richmond film maker Michelle Taft, to create a film version of Foster’s work Breaking Silence, which premiered last season, and will have its first public viewing during their Richmond performances.

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“The audience was introduced to the choreographer’s fondness for building impressive architectural shapes of slow-motion restraint and clever partnering…Foster’s strength as a choreographer rose to the surface at rapid speed in Clutch… a dance that confirmed Foster’s range and imagination.” Palm Beach Daily News

“Starrene Foster managed to come out on top with two arresting modern ballets Seven Sisters and On the Wire. She tends to use acoustic discords, which nicely complements the inner and outer conflicts of the dancers. Her dance patterns translate into synesthetic sensory appreciation. The dancers are highly disciplined and radiate joy in their dancing” Washington Post

“Starr Foster’s choreography reveals beauty in life’s internal conflicts with radiant intricacy and artful brilliance.” Ali Thibodeau; Times Dispatch

“From Richmond, the Starr Foster Dance Project brings seven powerhouse dancers in four works…”
Washington Post

“I don’t know what was more prevalent- Foster’s dark humor or emotional gravity. Should her topical subjects be any indication, Foster’s submerged understanding of choreography will likely be entertaining audiences for years to come.” Roberto Curtis; Spectrum/Commonwealth Times

“…Once again, Foster has teased and intrigued us with her wit and unique perspective on life.” Julinda Lewis; Richmond Times Dispatch”

 

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “DEKALOG”

October 14th, 2017

Doors: 10:30am / Event: 11:00 am

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.” -imDb

Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

Run Time: 9 hr 32 min

 

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “TEDDY BEAR”

October 24th, 2017

Doors: 6:30pm/ Event: 7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, sets off to Thailand in search of love.” -imDb

Directed by Mads Matthiesen

Run Time: 1 hr 32 min

 

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VCU DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES WITH STEPEHN J. LEPORE, PH. D.

October 26th, 2017

Doors: 3:30pm / Event: 4:00 pm

Admission: Free

The Department of Psychology is pleased to welcome Stephen J. Lepore, Ph.D., from Temple University as a featured speaker in this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series, which will focus on addiction. The talk is titled “‘High Tech-Warm Touch’: Integrating Digital Strategies With Traditional Behavioral Health Approaches to Protect Low-Income Families From Tobacco Smoke.” Light hors d’oeuvres will follow.

Lepore is professor and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University. He holds degrees from the University of California-Irvine, Harvard University and Clark University. His work focuses on cancer prevention, control and survivorship, with an emphasis on developing theoretically informed social and behavioral interventions to improve the quality of life in people who have had cancer and to promote healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors that might lead to the prevention or early detection and treatment of cancer. Read more.

 

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POE FILM FESTIVAL TO PRESENT
COLLEGE SHORT FILM AWARDS

November 4th, 2017 at 1:00pm

Admission: $15/General Admission

Tickets will become available via showclix.com on October 16th, 2017 at 8:00am.

“Film students from major Virginia colleges and universities will compete for top prizes at
the College Short Film Awards, hosted by Poe Film Festival at the historic Grace Street
Theater on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, 934 West Grace Street,
Richmond, on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Twenty colleges with highly regarded film studies programs throughout the
Commonwealth have been invited to compete in the ten-hour event, during which their
students’ short movies will be shown, discussed and honored at a red carpet
awards ceremony.

Tickets may be purchased online for $15 at www.showclix.com after October 16. Seating is
limited to 225 ticket holders. More information is available at www.poefilmfestival.com.”

 

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “DON’T COME KNOCKING”

November 7th, 2017

Doors: 6:30pm/ Event: 7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“An aging cowboy movie star deserts a film set and tries to reconnect with his mother whom he hasn’t seen in 30 years only to learn that he has a child he never knew about.” -imDb

Directed by Wim Wenders

Run Time: 2 hr 2 min

 

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS “FALL SENIOR PROJECT CONCERT”

Part II: November 16-18, 2017

Doors: 7:30pm / Event: 8:00 pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets go live Thursday, October 29th, 2017!

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

 

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “TAKE SHELTER”

November 28th, 2017

Doors: 6:30pm/ Screening: 7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.” -imDb

Directed by Jeff Nichols

Run Time: 2 hr

 

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EYEWORKS ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL

November 30th, 2017

Doors 5:00pm/ Event: 6:00pm

Tickets go live Thursday, November 9th, 2017 via www.showclix.com.

Illustration by Stefanie Leinhos

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation returns for its eighth annual festival! This year’s festival will be screening in Richmond at VCU’s Grace Street Theater, featuring two programs of classic and contemporary animated films. Blending an appreciation of classical animation with the sensibilities of avant-garde cinema and the visual culture of alternative comics, the short films in this year’s programs feature historical CG works, animated essay films, unconventional stop-motion, and experimental collage methods.

Eyeworks programs are intended for adult audiences.

 

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CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS “FROZEN RIVER”

December 5th, 2017

Doors: 6:30pm/ Screening: 7:00 pm

Admission: Free and open to the public

“Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women – one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances – are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Ray and Lila – and a New York State Trooper as opponent in an evolving cat-and-mouse game.” -imDb

Directed by Courtney Hunt

Run Time: 1 hr 37 min

 

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SCHOOL OF BHARATANATYAM DANCE SCHOOL RECITAL

December 9th, 2017

2:00 pm

Details TBA

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS “VCU DANCE NOW”

February 8th, 9th and 10th, 2018 at 8pm

February 10th at 2pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets go live Thursday March, 18th, 2018.

For 2018, this concert features new works by VCU Dance students, faculty members, and guest artists, all performed by VCU Dance majors. Featuring new work by visiting faculty artists Ching-I Chang Bigelow and André Zachery, and guest artist Helen Simoneau.

 

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS

“NEW WORK BY VCU’S iCubed FELLOW MEGHAN ABADOO”

March 23rd & 24th, 2018

Doors: 7:30pm / Event: 8:00 pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets go live Friday March 2nd, 2018.

VCU iCubed builds a trans-disciplinary community of scholars who provide innovative solutions to challenges in urban environments.

 

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VCU DANCE PRESENTS “SPRING SENIOR PROJECT CONCERT”

April 19th, 20th and 21st, 2018 at 8pm

Admission: $15/$10 students

Tickets go live Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

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

 

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