For Journalists
[GO]

[GO]

 

   

"FRINGE FESTIVAL" ADDS TO U.V.A.¹s CELEBRATION OF FILM

October 8, 2001--

WHAT: "Fringe Festival" exhibition and performances

WHEN: Oct. 19-26

WHERE: The Frank Ix Building, Monticello Avenue and Second Street, two blocks from the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville

A massive 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.

Dubbed 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."

This "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.

According to Richard Herskowitz, artistic director of the Virginia Film Festival, "the theme of ŒMasquerades¹ 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 ŒFringe Festival¹ will demonstrate."

As 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.

Nightly 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 Lee Kennedy.

A dance 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.

A "Carnevale 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 Adelphia.

Other 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.

The 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.

"FRINGE FESTIVAL" SCHEDULE

Oct. 19-Nov. 11: open 3-7 p.m. (and 1-7 p.m. Oct. 26-28)

"We 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

Saturday, Oct. 20: at 8 p.m.

"Sonic 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 Music class

Monday, Oct. 22: at 8 p.m.

"Some 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

Tuesday, Oct. 23: at 8 p.m.

"Most 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

Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. and Friday Oct.26 at 7 p.m.

"Masks 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

Friday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m.

"Carnevale 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).

Contact: Joanna Gluckman, (434) 924-1321

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

2001 NEWS RELEASES
2000 NEWS RELEASES
1999 NEWS RELEASES

UVa News Sources UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa News Sources UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page

Top news site edited by Dan Heuchert (dnh6n@virginia.edu); maintained by Karen Asher (kac@virginia.edu); releases posted by Sally Barbour (sab4w@virginia.edu).
Last Modified: Wednesday, 10-Oct-2001 08:21:09 EDT
© 2001 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
Topnews Information: (804) 924-7676.

News Sources UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page News Sources UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa News Sources UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa News Sources UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar Uva Home Page