FESTIVAL" ADDS TO U.V.A.¹s CELEBRATION OF FILM
"Fringe Festival" exhibition and performances
The Frank Ix Building, Monticello Avenue and Second Street, two
blocks from the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville
three week exhibition of art and architectural installations in
a downtown warehouse, a space that will also host a week of theater,
poetry, dance and music performances, will supplement the 14th annual
Virginia Film Festival.
the "Fringe Festival," the special program is co-sponsored by the
Virginia Film Festival and U.Va.¹s McIntire Department of Art. The
happening will take place at the Frank Ix building on Monticello
Avenue beginning Oct. 19. All of the exhibits and performances will
address this year¹s film festival theme: "Masquerades."
"Fringe Festival" is introduced as a major new supplement to the
annual Film Festival. "The idea was to give each department within
the arts at U.Va. an evening to showcase work on the Film Festival
theme, " said William Bennett, chair of the Studio Art department.
to Richard Herskowitz, artistic director of the Virginia Film Festival,
"the theme of Masquerades¹ focuses on characters whose identities
are performances, including imposters and race and gender-benders.
This theme has been inspiring not just to filmmakers but to artists
in other media, as the Fringe Festival¹ will demonstrate."
part of the "Fringe Festival," the Frank Ix Building will house
a new installation created by Finnish artist Marja Kolu. A spectacular
architectural design, incorporating fabrics produced in the Ix Building,
formerly a textile factory, has been created by architecture graduate
student Andrew Burdick. Students and faculty of the McIntire Department
of Art also have contributed art works in a variety of mediums.
performances will include "Some Kind of Pink Breakfast," a one-man
show written and performed by drama graduate student Chris Harcum,
accompanied by a light show by students of drama associate professor
performance will feature Mark Magruder, chair of the dance department
at Sweet Briar, and Amy Mullen, a senior dance major at Sweet Briar.
Also featured will be Charlottesville¹s Zen Monkey Dance Project.
Sagé Blaska, visiting dance lecturer in the art department and production
coordinator of the "Fringe Festival," will showcase two new works,
including a group dance piece in collaboration with the U.Va. Drama
Department costume shop.
Performance and Dance Party" featuring dance, music, drama, and
poetry performances, plus food, a cash bar, and late-night dancing,
will take place Friday night. There is an entrance fee of $10 ($5
for students). The party is sponsored by the Biography Channel and
evening events will include literature and poetry presentations
coordinated by U.Va. poets Lisa Spaar and Greg Orr, as well as a
night of "Sonic Masquerades" featuring innovative compositions by
U.Va. McIntire Department of Music faculty and students. Original
performances will include "Glass Phase" by Matthew Burtner, "Improvisation
as Masquerade" by Kyra Gaunt and a student performance directed
by David Topper.
art exhibition will run from Oct. 19 through Nov. 11 from 3 to 7
p.m. daily (1-7 p.m., Oct. 26-28) and is free and open to the public.
Performances will take place Oct. 20, 22, 23 at 8 p.m. Each program
requires a $2 ticket available at the door. A $5 "fringe pass" covers
all nightly performances (except the party on Friday) and is available
through the Film Festival box office or online at www.vafilm.com.
19-Nov. 11: open 3-7 p.m. (and 1-7 p.m. Oct. 26-28)
Are Not What We Seem" "Fringe Festival" arts exhibition featuring
paintings, drawings, prints, digital art, photographs, performances
and installations by students and faculty of the McIntire Department
of Art and a new installation created by Finnish artist Marja Kolu
and architectural design student Anthony Burdick
Oct. 20: at 8 p.m.
Masquerades" From the McIntire Department of Music and the Virginia
Center for Computer Music, a night of student and faculty performance
and composition, including "Glass Phase" by Matthew Burtner, "Improvisation
as Masquerade" by Kyra Gaunt and MICE (Music for Interactive Computers
Ensemble) featuring U.Va. students from the Interactive Computer
Oct. 22: at 8 p.m.
Kind of Pink Breakfast" Using only a chair as a prop, Chris Harcum
performs his semi-autobiographical, one man whirlwind of adolescence-inspired
insight and emotion with a light show by Lee Kennedy and students
Oct. 23: at 8 p.m.
Secret, Most Present: Poetry¹s Intrinsic Masks" Coordinated by U.Va.
poets Lisa Spaar and Greg Orr, poets from undergraduate and graduate
workshops at the University will read recent original work
Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. and Friday Oct.26 at 7 p.m.
in Motion A Carnevale of Dance" Directed by Sagé Blaska and Rob
Petres, a collaboration of the Drama and Music departments will
feature U.Va. students and performances by Melissa del Sol, Mark
Magruder, Amy Mullen and the Zen Monkey Dance Project
Oct. 26 at 9 p.m.
Performance and Dance Party" Featuring dance, music, drama, and
poetry performances, plus food, a cash bar, and late-night dancing.
Entrance fee is $10 ($5 for students buses will leave from Newcomb
Hall to the Frank Ix Building).
Joanna Gluckman, (434) 924-1321