Piedmont Virginia Community College has announced its 2018-19 Fine Arts and Performance season line-up. The season features a diverse selection of theatre, music, and dance performances, visual arts exhibitions, theatre and filmmaking workshops, movies, and spoken word open mic nights. This twentieth anniversary season culminates in April 2019 with a day-long celebration of the arts.
The season will open with international juggling champion Mark Nizer’s “4D,” where 3D technology meets with masterful juggling, music, and original comedy on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Donning 3D glasses, spectators will experience lasers dancing just above their heads, robots juggling glowing orbs, and neon balls playing music, triggering a changing 3D world with each note.
“OMNY Taiko” Japanese drumming ensemble will make their inaugural appearance at PVCC on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Based in New York City and under the instruction of Koji Nakamura Sensei, the group’s performances have been hailed as a dynamic display of the power of the ancient art form, with deeply resonant drumming on cannon-sized wooden drums accompanied by tightly choreographed movements.
Also new to the line-up is “Ezibu Muntu,” an African dance and drumming group performing on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. As part of the African Dance and Cultural Foundation in Richmond, the group has been exciting and educating audiences about African traditions since 1973 with its powerful synthesis of dance, rhythm and song.
Other highlights of the season include:
- The Robert Jospé Express trio will trace the diaspora of the 5-beat rhythm of the clave [klah-vey] from Africa into much of today’s popular music in “The Journey of the Clave” on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
- The Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform mambos, salsas, and more in “NuYoRican,” a multi-media dance theatre production portraying the struggles and triumphs of Puerto Rican migrants to New York City on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
- The Horace Scruggs Band will bring its layered harmonies and soulful delivery for another “learning and listening” concert on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. “Race and Religion: A Circle Broken” explores the social and historical intersection of music, race and religion.
- Richmond Ballet, the state ballet of Virginia, will return for its annual residency with selected classics from their repertoire and significant works of our time on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
- The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra will perform works from the musical traditions of Slavic countries on authentic instruments on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 3 p.m.
- The Core Ensemble will present “Equally Divine: The Real Story of the Mona Lisa,” the latest in its repertoire of diversity-celebrating chamber music theatre productions on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
The PVCC Visual Arts Department will open the first of four art exhibitions in the PVCC Gallery with a catered reception on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. Richmond native Lisa Beane will show a collection of paintings in “Karma: The Art of Racism,” and a group show, “Home of the Brave” will feature works in various media by Yolanda Jones, Ed Miller, Lydia Moyer, Mary Michaela Murray, Lyle Solla-Yates and James Yates.
“Let There Be Light,” PVCC’s twelfth annual evening of light-centered art installations, will illuminate the grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building with works by some of the most imaginative regional artists on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m.
PVCC Theatre will host a series of free workshops on improvisational theatre, along with several performances including a pop-folk musical adaptation of Shakespearian classic “As You Like It,” from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, 2018.
Other returning events include the “One Mic Stand” series of open mic nights for spoken-word works starting Sept. 6, 2018, the popular “Free Movie Friday” series which kicks off on Sept. 21, 2018, the “Annual Pottery Club Sale” on Dec. 1, 2018 and the PVCC Chorus’ fall and spring concerts.
The season will culminate with “Sound and Vision,” a full day of events happening on April 27, 2019. Art installations, dance, music, and theatre performances, hands-on events for children, food trucks and much more will take place throughout the day and conclude with a concert by folk music icon John McCutcheon at 7:30 p.m. A full schedule of events for “Sound and Vision” will be published online at www.pvcc.edu/performingatrts as the date approaches.
The majority of PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance events are offered at no charge and no tickets are required. For ticketed events, tickets are available for purchase online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts, by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted), or through the PVCC Box Office beginning two hours prior to the start of each event.
Tickets for Main Stage Theatre events may also be purchased at two locations beginning one month prior to the event date: Greenberry’s Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center) and the PVCC Cashier’s Office during normal business hours.
Events take place in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville, at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free, well-lit parking is located in front of the building.
For more information, call the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 or visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.