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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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

Admission: $10/General Admission   /  $15/At the Door

Tickets are available at: https://www.showclix.com/event/PFF17

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.

 For more information about the Poe Film Festival, please visit: 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

V E R S U S :

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.

VCU Dance presents V E R S U S, the Fall 2017 Senior Project Concert in two parts. Part II features eight works presented on the Grace Street Theater stage on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 16, 17, and 18 at 8:00 pm, 934 West Grace Street. InLight performance are free. Tickets for the Grace Street Theater performance are $15/$10 for students with a valid VCU I.D. and can be reserved by calling the box office at (804)-828-2020, or via showclix.com.

The senior project is a rigorous, capstone experience for VCU Dance’s BFA in Dance & Choreography. This semester, the ten BFA candidates have worked closely together to create, produce, and present their capstone projects. These new works explore a sense of duality, contrast, and inner conflict.

For Part II of the senior project, eight seniors will present their capstone projects on the Grace Street Theater stage in a fully produced concert on November 16, 17 & 18.

Emotional, societal, and physical barriers expose the resiliency of five dancers in Taylor-Leigh Adams’Rebound Effect. Adams and dancers utilize humanistic, dynamic movement to develop the power of individual voices compressed within a larger society.

Experimental Opposition of a Paradigm by Noelani Corey explores social conformity and the likeliness of an individual conforming based on the group size and the cohesiveness of their surroundings. Inspired by the social conformity experiments by Solomon Asch, seven dancers will explore the idea of “choice” while showcasing the freedom of deviance.

In L’arène Secrète, performed by seven dancers, Eslie Djemmal recreates a personal experience by utilizing the recordings and photographs from that experience. This piece investigates how the architecture of Les Arènes de Lutèce a historic site in Paris, choreographs the individual in, out, and through the space. The research focuses on the site’s history, the therapeutic qualities a park contains which escape from the city, and the well-being this destination creates.

Grasp by Kaity Myers, captures a moment inspired by two of Renoir’s paintings, embodying comfort and intimacy with both others and one’s self to paint the fluid brush strokes of Renoir into movement. Music by Simon Rackhan and liquefied movement will allow nine dancers to blend and weave through each other in a hypnotic manner.

Brianna Rivera’s ISPERITY investigates opposing physical states, vacillating between chaotic cacophony and sense of self. The six female dancers will embody dissonance, individual strength, and revelation: emphasizing the continual fight for the sense of individuality amongst the pressure to conform to societal standards.

Penumbra, a new work by Kari Schackmann, investigates the concept of shadows and their association with fear and uncertainty. Delving into psychological theory, surrealist art, and drawing inspiration from the striking imagery of film noir, the work explores the twisted nature of what is real and what is exaggerated, finding familiarity in pedestrian behaviors amongst the droning intensity.

Confinement is a feeling humans experience in their life one way or another. Deeply influenced by Assata Shakur and Maya Angelou, Taylor Sparks’ work (Un)Caged will portray the feeling of being confined and how each individual performer reacts when they are given the opportunity of freedom.

Inspired by George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, Hannah Wojszynski’s Doublethink Consequences uses six dancers to create a world overcome by a totalitarian regime. Through swift and strong movements and stark contrast lighting, she puts the audience inside the world of 1984 to witness how the individual’s personal identity is affected by the government’s control.

V E R S U S is the second event of the VCU Dance 2017-2018 Season. The presenting program of VCU Dance is committed to building and engaging dance audiences in the University and Richmond community while providing opportunities for artists to present and create work.

Funding for the 2017-2018 season is graciously provided in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 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.

 

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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

Doors: 1:30pm/ Performance: 2:00 pm

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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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