PVCC to Present Second Flying in Place Interpretative Movement Performance
Bringing to Life the Works of those in the Higher Education in Prison Program
Charlottesville, Va. – November 18, 2022 – The Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Division of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences will present a second rendition of a performance-based presentation of creative writings by PVCC students who are incarcerated. “Flying in Place: Liberating Voices from Virginia’s Prisons” once again gathers a group of interpretative movement practitioners to bring to life the manuscripts, poems and essays of participants in the PVCC Higher Education in Prison program while the works are read aloud.
Three free performances will take place Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, each evening at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 p.m. Events will take place in the V. Earl Dickinson building Main Stage Theatre.
"Flying in Place” was first conceived of and presented in the spring of 2022, as a multi-disciplinary project that sought to lift the voices of incarcerated students who attend college-level classes to hone their writing skills. The goal was not just to showcase the student’s work, but also to invite the community to witness and understand more about persons who are incarcerated through their own words.
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Brad Stoller will continue to spearhead the interpretative component in this next presentation, gathering a cast of roughly 16 PVCC students and community members from all walks of life to perform. Original music recorded for the performance will be provided by LaTasha Strother with other pre-recorded accompaniment by master percussionist Tom Teasley. The result is a physical theatre voyage set to music that vividly interprets the student’s writings as a narrator reads, with movements prompted by words in the text.
This program has been funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.
The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located on the PVCC main campus at the south end of 501 College Drive. Ample, free parking is located in front of the building and the facility is wheelchair accessible.
About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.
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