Students are encouraged to attend live performances and art exhibits on and off campus. Extra credit may be earned (1 point) by writing a 1-page response paper of a live performance or exhibit and submit on Blackboard within one-week of the event. Please see Professor Díaz for approval.
Tickets for Modlin events may be picked up at the Modlin Center Box Office. UR student: FREE w/student ID. Reservations are required. Box Office: 804-289-8980.
Additional extra credit events and opportunities will be posted throughout the semester.
Paloma McGregor In Process I: Thursday, August 29 @ 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm; The Anderson, 907 ½ West Franklin Street; FREE https://arts.vcu.edu/dance/news/current-season/
Starr Foster Dance Company Performance: Thursday-Saturday, September 19-21 @ 8:00 pm; Sunday, September 22 @ 2:00 pm. Grace Street Theatre, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia. $20 w/student ID. Box Office: 804-828-2020. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets online: www.showclix.com https://www.starrfosterdance.org/performances
Dance on Camera- Film Screening: Monday, September 23, Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street 7:30 pm $8/$5. Reserve tickets online at Showclix. Box Office: 804-828-2020. https://arts.vcu.edu/dance/news/current-season/
Camille A. Brown & Dancers Community Movement Workshop Wednesday, Septebmer 25 6:30-8:00 pm, Frederick Rehearsal Hall, Modlin Center for the Arts. This class will be taught by a CAB&D company member and is open to the UR and greater Richmond communities. Contact Shannon Hooker, Assistant Director, Modlin Center for the Arts (804.287.6599; firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more and to reserve space for your students.
NOBUNTU Sunday, September 29 @ 3 PM. Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts
Paloma McGregor In Process II: Thursday, October 4 @ 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm; The Anderson, 907 ½ West Franklin Street; FREE https://arts.vcu.edu/dance/news/current-season/
Celebration of Dance @ UR Friday, October 18 @ 7:00 PM and 8:30 PMCousins Studio Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts.
Sean Aaron Carmon Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30pm, Dance Studio MB 111, Modlin Center for the Arts. FREE EVENT. Contact Anne Van Gelder, Director of Dance (email@example.com) learn more and to reserve space for your students.
L.A. Theatre Works: Seven October 30 @ 7:30 PM, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music
Cirque Mechanics Friday, October 18 @ 7:30 PM and 9 PM. Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts
Jennifer Tipton—Artist Talk Wednesday, October 23 @ 7:30 PM. Cousins Studio Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts. This Artist Talk is part of the Tucker Boatwright Festival–Dancing Histories: This Ground, curated by the Department of Theatre and Dance.
VCU Dance Salon: Tuesday, October 29; The Depot Annex Studio: behind 814 West Broad Street, 7:00 pm. FREE EVENT; Additional information on-line: https://arts.vcu.edu/dance/news/current-season/
VCU Dance Fall Senior Project Concert; Friday-Saturday, November 22-23; Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street 7:30 pm. Tickets $15/$10 students; Reserve tickets online at Showclix. Box Office: 804-828-2020. Additional information on-line: https://arts.vcu.edu/dance/news/current-season/
SYMPOSIUM: Through an Indigenous Lens
Friday, November 22, 2019 / 9AM-12PM
University of Richmond, Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium
Panelists: Filmmakers Sky Hopinka, Adam Khalil, and Zack Khalil
Moderators: Monika Siebert and Molly Fair
Part of the University of Richmond’s School of Arts and Sciences Contested Spaces: This Ground series
For indigenous peoples the camera is a dangerous weapon, one that has been wielded against us since the device’s inception…By relegating our identities to the past, and forcing us to authenticate ourselves through this past, our existence as contemporary individuals living in a colonized land is denied. It is in this sense that ethnography confines indigenous agency.
The anthropologist’s encapsulating gaze ignores the fact that for indigenous communities, tradition is not an immutable set of truths handed down by revelation, but a set of ever-evolving social practices whose continuity cannot be repaired by preservation, only elaborated through struggle, and finally achieved under conditions of genuine self-determination.
(Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil, from Anti-Ethnography)
…in the face of and regardless of colonial history and outdated traditions of anthropology and ethnography…, [t]hey make space for poetry, for beauty, for movement between cosmological and visceral worlds, sometimes blurring the lines between both. The powwow people and the filmmakers; they claim what was always theirs, and celebrate what was never lost.
(Sky Hopinka, from What Was Always Yours and Never Lost)
Contemporary indigenous filmmakers, visual artists, and curators, Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga), Adam Khalil (Ojibwe), and Zack Khalil (Ojibwe) will engage in conversation to explore indigenous cinema as anti-ethnographic practice, as well as formal innovation in, and the future of, indigenous cinema and art in the context of indigenous self-determination. Collectively, their experimental films have screened at Sundance, Toronto International, New York, and Ann Arbor film festivals and their visual works exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Walker Art Center, the Whitney and Toronto Biennials. Hopinka and the Khalils have also curated film programs for prestigious venues, including the 2019 Whitney Biennial in NYC. They will discuss their own films as well as works by other contemporary indigenous filmmakers.
Sky Hopinka’s films will be screened at the University of Richmond International Film Series on Thursday, November 22, 2019, at 7:30pm in Jepson Hall (Room 118) and at the Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival on Sunday, November 24, at 1:30pm (Byrd Theater). Adam and Zack Khalil’s film INAATE’SE(2016) will be screened at the Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival on Sunday, November 24 at 2:30pm (Byrd Theater).
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) is an experimental filmmaker working in forms of documentary and narrative hybrids. His video work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. His work has played at Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was a part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial and is a 2019 Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Adam Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, Walker Arts Center, e-flux, Tate Modern, New York Film Festival, the Toronto Biennial, and LACMA. Khalil is a 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artists Fellow, 2017 Sundance Art of Nonfiction grantee, UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar.
Zack Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work often explores an indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. He recently completed a B.A. at Bard College in the Film and Electronic Arts Department, and is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar.
This event is co-sponsored by the Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival and the University of Richmond (Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, Boatwright Library, Cultural Affairs Committee, American studies and film studies programs, and the English department).