UCCS Visual and Performing Arts

VAPA Celebrates Arts Month

The UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) houses programs in Art History, Film Studies, Museum and Gallery Practice, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts. These programs share a mission to explore interdisciplinarity and artistic innovation. Cultivating a thriving student experience is the reason we are here; Our classes remain small and individual mentorship is our mantra.

Double-Sided Coin

Osborne Studio Theater | September 30-October 9, Friday & Saturday at 7:30PM, and Sunday at 4PM

Choreographed by Jaelyn Harry, composed by Emiliano Gomez, Chayanne Rodriguez, and Natalie Jensen

Double Sided Coin is an original dance show that will dive into both the unconditional love and the toxicity of relationships and friendships. It uncovers the stories, struggles and successes of our careers and personal obstacles. Come experience this original performance that will help us understand the ups and downs of life. Showcasing UCCS VAPA students and dancers.

UCCS students receive free admission to all UCCS Theatre & Dance productions. Contact the Box Office at 719-255-8181 or tickets@uccs.edu with your student ID number handy to receive your complimentary ticket. General admission is $7. For more information about this performance, please contact Max Shulman at mshulman@uccs.edu.

Eco Soma Methods: Tuning into Our Worlds

Osborne Studio Theater | Thursday, October 13, 7-8:30PM

Public Talk with Disability Activist and Performance Artist Petra Kuppers

Petra Kuppers, Ph.D., Anita Gonzalez Collegiate Professor of Performance Studies and Disability Culture at the University of Michigan and artistic director of The Olimpias and co-director of Turtle Disco, will explore contemporary performance from the perspective of co-experienced embodiment in unequally distributed power fields. Most traditional somatics teach us how to fine-tune our introspective senses and to open up the world of our own bodies, while eco soma methods extend that attention toward the creative possibilities of the reach between self, others, and the land. Eco Soma proposes an art/life method of sensory tuning to the inside and the outside simultaneously, a method that allows for a wider opening toward ethical cohabitation with human and more-than-human others. Using both video examples and participatory exercises, let’s explore together what this can mean for us as witnesses of our own lives.

Sponsored by the Division of Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This event is free and open to all but registration is requested. For more information contact Max Shulman at mshulman@uccs.edu.

Prologue: The American Pipe Dream

Osborne Studio Theater | Monday, October 17, 6-7:30PM

Associate Professor of Theatre Max Shulman will join us to talk about his new book, The American Pipe Dream: Performance of Drug Addiction, 1890-1940 from Iowa University Press. It is the first work to trace the history of addiction and drug use on the US stage and screen, examining the ways in which performance created the way we imagine addiction. From blood-and-thunder melodramas of the 1900s, forgotten Broadway hits of the 1920, the jazz cabarets of the 1930, to Eugene O’Neill’s canonical Long Day’s Journey, this work demonstrates how performance has influenced the policies, treatment, and awareness of addiction in the US imagination. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is requested. For more information contact Kevin Landis at klandis@uccs.edu.

Peak FreQuency Presents: Pianist Steve Drury

Chapman Foundation Recital Hall | Thursday, October 20, 7:30-9PM

Music by Charles Ives, Frederic Rzewski and Louis Karchin

Stephen Drury has given performances throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America, soloing with orchestras from San Diego to Bucharest. A prize winner in several competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, Affiliate Artists, and Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller competitions, his repertoire stretches from Bach, Mozart, and Liszt to the music of today.

The U.S. State Department sponsored two concert tours that enabled him to take the sounds of dissonance to Paris, Hong Kong, Greenland, Pakistan, Prague, and Japan. He has appeared as conductor and pianist at the Angelica Festival in Italy, the MusikTriennale Köln in Germany, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Britten Sinfonia in England, as well as at Tonic, Roulette, and the Knitting Factory in New York. Drury has also performed with Merce Cunningham and Mikhail Barishnikov in the Lincoln Center Festival, at Alice Tully Hall as part of the Great Day in New York Festival, with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and with the Seattle Chamber Players in Seattle and Moscow.

UCCS students and VAPA faculty & staff receive free admission. To reserve your ticket contact the Ent Center Box Office at 719-255-8181 or tickets@uccs.edu. General admission tickets are $10, $8 seniors and military. For more information contact Glen Whitehead at gwhitehe@uccs.edu.


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