Exciting events are always happening at the Grace Street Theater. In addition to our weekly films from the Film Department through Cinematheque, this semester we will be hosting a film screening of “Bombshell” through the VCU Engineering Department, New Works by VCU’s iCubed Fellow Meghan Abadoo through the VCU Dance Department, and the VCU Dance Spring Senior Concert.
“Bombshell,” directed by Alexandra Dean, portrays “Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood movie star who was hailed as the most beautiful and glamorous in the world. However, that was only the surface that tragically obscured her astounding true talents. Foremost of them was her inventive genius that a world blinded by her beauty could not recognize as far back as her youth in Austria with her homemade gadgets. This film explores Lamarr’s life which included escaping a loveless marriage on the eve of Nazi Germany’s conquest of her nation to a new career in Hollywood. However, her intellectual contributions were denied their due even when she offered them in the service of her new home during World War II. Only after years of career and personal decline in her troubled life would Lamarr learn that her staggering aptitude created brilliant engineering concepts that revolutionized telecommunications, which forced the world to realize the hidden abilities of a woman it had so unfairly underestimated.” This screening will be free an open to the public. Be sure to mark it on your calendars for February 20th at 3pm-5pm!
The VCU Dance & Choreography Department is pleased to be presenting New Works by VCU’s iCubed Fellow Meghan Abadoo. VCU iCubed builds a trans-disciplinary community of scholars who provide innovative solutions to challenges in urban environments. “Meghan K. Abadoo is a choreographer, educator and writer based in Mount Rainier, MD. Her work explores the gatekeeping roles of dance artists in communities and the capacity for dance events to sustain transformative social movements. She is currently a leading associate artist with the Dance Exchange and a 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, where she recently conducted eight months of creative research at the Noyam Institute of Performing Arts in Dodowa, Ghana. Prior to this period she performed for over a decade with internationally renowned dance companies and choreographers including the Dance Exchange, Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, David Dorfman Dance and Urban Bush Women. She has taught as a guest artist at Brown University, James Madison University, East Carolina University, Dickinson College and the University of Virginia. She also loves to draw with loose ink and fountain pen, and compose contact improvisation duets with her daughter in the comfort of their living room.” You can see Abadoo’s latest work March 23rd & 24th at 8pm at the Grace Street Theater. Tickets will be $15 ($10 for students) and will be available for purchase starting Friday March 2 through www.showclix.com or at the Grace Street Theater during our box office hours.
Every year, the Grace Street Theater hosts the fall and spring Senior Projects Concert for the VCU Dance & Choreography Department. The Senior Projects concerts serve as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors. This year’s spring concert will take place April 19-21 at 8pm. We will be continuing to update our blog and website with more information about the show as current dance seniors go through the process of naming the show, releasing marketing material, and launching their Kickstarter!