Acclaimed artists highlight TAMU art academy season

Weiling He

A diverse line-up of acclaimed artists, including dancers, chamber musicians, a bilingual operatic troupe and a multimedia performer promises to thrill audiences during the Texas A&M Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts’ 2018-19 season at the Rudder Theatre Complex. The AVPA is entering its second year under the direction of Weiling He, associate professor of architecture.

In addition to the dynamic performances, the AVPA, one of the region’s leading supporters of the arts, provides grants to students and faculty for artistic performances, production, exhibition, research as well as travel to art-related conferences.

Two new AVPA funding opportunities this year are the Arts Enhancement Grant, which supports the initial stage of students’ arts-related scholarly and creative projects, and the Technologies of Art Grant, which supports projects that embrace new creative horizons at the intersection of art and technology.

This season’s AVPA performances:

Sept. 25 | Sybarite5, a progressive chamber group which the Washington Post hailed as a performing a fascinating, cheerful and extraordinarily well-played evening of popular, folk and classical music at 7 p.m. in Rudder Forum.

Oct. 11 | “This World Made Itself,” a multimedia event by performer and digital artist Miwa Matreyek at 7 p.m. in Rudder Forum. The National Student, an online publication for UK higher education scholars, called “This World” a quirky, a compelling piece that highlights the wonder, serenity and splendorous dynamism of Earth.

Nov. 7 | “Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance,” a bilingual opera created by visionary composer Graham Reynolds that explores the life and times of the famous Mexican revolutionary in a tuneful kaleidoscope of corridos, Tejano, alt-classical, and country music performed by two singers and a small ensemble in front of projected still and moving images.

The performance is scheduled at 7 p.m. in Rudder Theatre.

Feb. 16 | Eisenhower Dance Detroitwill bring to life pieces by choreographers known throughout the world at 7 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. “The dancers’ commanding stage presence, combined with their seamless, high-caliber technique, are captivating to watch,” said Rachel Hellwig, a critic at arts BHAM, an online publication in Birmingham, Alabama.

March 7 | Koresh Dance Company’s recent performance of critically acclaimed choreography was “the most exciting dance experience I’ve ever seen in my life,” said a critic with a weekly publication in Philadelphia, where the group is based. “With its outstanding lighting and technically-honed music, this was an experience I wholeheartedly advocate for anyone even slightly interested in dance.”

The performance is scheduled at 7 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium.


Richard Nira

posted September 25, 2018