Message from Dean bruce d. mcclung

April 20, 2021

Dear CVPA Colleagues, Students and Families, and Alumni:

I am heartened by the guilty verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin. Justice has been served in this case, and the police officer who swore an oath to protect has been held accountable for the senseless death of George Floyd while in his custody.

At CPVA we have been taking action to dismantle the legacy of white supremacy in higher education, building a College that is steeped in a sense of justice and equity through our policies and our practices; that protects the dignity, individuality, and safety of our students at every turn; and that is actively anti-racist in our decision-making. We are committed to overturning the dominant paradigm and building a new system founded on equality and respect for all.

A guilty verdict in this case is a positive step, but the work that lies ahead to address the systemic racism in our culture has just begun.

Sincerely,

bruce d. mcclung, Dean

College of Visual and Performing Arts

“Spartan New Musicals”: Two World Premiere Films

The UNC Greensboro School of Theatre is pleased to present Spartan New Musicals, featuring Flatbush Avenue, with music, lyrics, and book by Madeline Myers, and Radio: A Musical Ghost Story, with music and lyrics by Murphy Taylor Smith and book by Emerson Mae Smith. Spartan New Musicals will be available for streaming April 22-24.

Flatbush Avenue tells the story of three young women in 1955 who, like the rest of the neighborhood, are obsessed with the then-Brooklyn Dodgers. The girls’ lives are changed forever when they are challenged to play a game of street stickball. Along the way valuable lessons are learned about community, raising your voice in the face of injustice, and the enduring power of female friendship. Radio: A Musical Ghost Story follows Lowell, a young woman who encounters a ghost in the showers of her gym while reeling from the recent loss of her brother. It sings strange static to her only made comprehensible through her headphones – but is it a beckoning call or a warning?  (more…)

Dance Concert Explores the Human Condition

The UNCG School of Dance will showcase original choreographic work by eight senior Choreography and Performance students in the Spring 2021 BFA Dance Thesis Concert “the human condition,” which premiers via YouTube on April 24, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Here are the choreographers and artistic statements for their works:

Chania Wilson (Raleigh, NC):   The Second Hand is a dance film about how people conceptualize grief as they age.  This film is a space to feel, reflect, question and ultimately feel safe while doing so.

Mackenzie Barnes (Connecticut):  Eclectic is a piece that explores the possibilities that are unlocked once you realize that you are not born with a confining “self.” With this idea that we are all building ourselves, having no predetermined “core” of what we are supposed to be, we are allowed to become the sum of a large collection of parts.

Taylor Taylor (Greensboro, NC):  “I Know You, I See You, I Hear You” explores the formation of a community from the first time you meet someone to later supporting them in their darkest moments. Like community, this piece highlights the strength of a group but also shows the uniqueness of each individual.

Shainyce Jones (Charlotte, NC):  Self Sovereignty  focuses on the beauty of overcoming obstacles in life through a process of release, relief, and peace. This process grows on a theme of offering comfort and transferring positive energy within a community as a way to breakthrough one’s tribulations and find inner peace.

Sarah Wickham (Asheville, NC):  Self unfinished is an exploration of becoming oneself. In collaboration with the cast and a musician there is an intimacy to the work that represents the universal experience of trying to find oneself that never truly ends.  The dancer’s body is a paintbrush that brings color, emotions, lines, and shapes to the dancer’s canvas, the stage.

Kaitlyn Whitaker (Mooresville, NC):  Continuum of Hue was developed in collaboration with the choreographer and the dancers as an exploration of mixing visual art and dance.

Jo’Nekiya Elliott (Fayetteville, NC): Mind Destination asks the questions: Are there voices in your head telling you that you’re not good enough? Are these voices of others or just simply yours? Self-doubt can take over the whole body mentally and physically. This journey to finding confidence will have ups and downs but what is your break-through moment?

Daira “Toni” Clarke (Charlotte, NC):  Roses and Thorns is an exploration of the act of living. As a society, we endure many thorns; however, attached to every thorn is a small rose. When life’s thorns begin to weigh down on us and it feels like we are drowning, we must hold onto the roses to keep us afloat. It is easy to exist, living is the hard part.

Tickets are on sale now at go.uncg.edu/dancetix. Links to the show will be provided at the time of purchase.

Story by Terri W. Relos

Photo credit:  Amy Masters