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 Detroit] ( will 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