The Texas A&M Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts (AVPA) and The Gardens are pleased to join together to offer Growing Harmony. A unique, inspirational opportunity for our campus members and surrounding community to experience the intersection of music and nature via a free mobile app for Apple and Android devices. To participate, download Growing Harmony for iOS devices here or Android devices here. .. Read More
Poignant and pressing, The Just and The Blind illuminates the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and the realities their families face. Spoken word artist and arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph (BAMUTHI) joins forces with long-time collaborator composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and street dance pioneer & choreographer Drew Dollaz to explore themes of racial profiling, sentencing and the prison-industrial complex from the perspective of fathers of Black and Brown children.
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As Far As Isolation Goes (Online) is a collaboration between live artist Tania El Khoury and musician and street artist Basel Zaraa. Reimagined for an online context during coronavirus lockdown, the piece is built from their original collaboration entitled As Far As My Fingertips Take Me in which El Khoury commissioned Zaraa to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden... Read More
[2019-2020 Season] Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble’s The Art of Luv (Part 6): Awesome Grotto!
Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE) describe themselves as “a musical priesthood that explores the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire, and courtship at the end of the 20th century.” Their work represents the cutting edge of experimental performance, as they combine installation art, ritual, opera, movement, and theatre to create unique experiences for audiences in intimate settings. Their work has been presented at world-renowned performance festivals in New York, Portland, Philadelphia, and beyond... Read More
[2019-2020 Season] Army Field Band to Perform in College Station
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will stop in College Station, TX, during its fall concert tour on November 1st at Texas A&M University - Rudder Auditorium. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are free to the public.
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[Season 2019-2020] Rather than a literal interpretation of history, The Passion of Saint Thomas More is a meditation on More's decision to be true to his convictions and his refusal to agree to Henry VIII's demands. Described by Gramophone as “hypnotic, magical, enchanting and moving…[with] touches of pure dramatic genius,” the operatic oratorio has been performed across the US and Europe to critical acclaim... Read More
“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…”That is how the Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, the first group of its kind to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules... Read More
Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer and performer based in Los Angeles. Matreyek’s work blurs the line between real and unreal. Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, Miwa Matreyek is a performance artist who creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, creating work at the cross section of cinematic and theatrical, fanatical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual narrative space, emotionally guiding the audience through narratives that weave together surreal and poetic moments, highilghting the conflict between man and nature.
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[2018-2019 Season] Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance is a bilingual cross-border opera about the life and death of Pancho Villa. Commissioned by Ballroom Marfa, the project is the third installment of The Marfa Triptych, a genre-hopping trilogy of musical performances by visionary composer Graham Reynolds. The opera is an insightful examination of the Mexican and Mexican-American impact on the culture and politics of West Texas, contributing to the current and timely conversation about borders and the limitations of the concept of delineated states... Read More
Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, the company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country. Koresh has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Over the years, Roni has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained.
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The Q Brothers return to high school in their hip hop reimagining of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Proteus and Valentine are high school football stars at Verona College Prep who learn a thing or two about love, learning and loyalty. Over twenty characters are played by two actors who never leave the stage in this 75-minute wild ride. The Q Brothers, GQ, and JQ, have created and appeared in award-winning, internationally acclaimed productions with company members Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle, including Othello: The Remix and Funk it Up About Nothin’—both musical, hip-hop “ad-RAP-tations” of Shakespeare’s classics—and A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol, written with Doran and Pringle, based on th..... Read More
Eisenhower Dance Detroit has spent the past 27 years giving life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of Founding Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower. This year, Eisenhower Dance begins a new chapter as Stephanie Pizzo assumes the role of Artistic Director of Eisenhower Dance. She plans to continue to expand the company’s innovation and artistic vision while honoring the legacy of Eisenhower Dance’s founder. Established in metro Detroit by Eisenhower in 1991, the Company presents an annual subscription series and tours internationally. .. Read More
[2017-2018 Season]The Lavender Blues is a showcase of queer music before World War II. It is music history. It is queer history. It is women's history. It is entertainment. It is life. "Girls were girls and boys were boys when I was a tot. Now we don't know who is who or even what's what!" (Gwen Farrar, 1926)
With The Lavender Blues, modern cabaret performer Sarah Kilborne brings to light for the first time the quiet, yet powerful emergence between the world wars of songs that spoke about what it was like to be gay or "in the life." .. Read More
[2017-2018 Season]Letters Home, performed by the Griffin Theatre Company, puts the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. This play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldiers’ experiences while deployed and separated from family and loved ones. The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary Last Letters Home, and additionally uses letters and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer’s books, Voices From the Front, Letters Home From America’s Military Family, Faith of Our Sons, and Keeping Faith.
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Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is Utah's most established institution for contemporary dance. The Company actively embraces and commissions the work of contemporary choreographers, tours worldwide, and develops dynamic education and community outreach programming. Through performance and educational undertakings, the Company pursues its mission to make dance a viable part of everyone’s lives – whether it be as creators, performers, dance educators, critics, or as participating audience members. Over the 53 years of its history, Ririe-Woodbury has toured nationally and internationally, always advocating the philosophy that “dance is for everybody.”
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La Juerga Flamenco Ensemble presents "Sin Barreras”. This show is true to its name in that it presents a flamenco without boundaries, uniting artists from various point of origin including France, Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, and The U.S. In this show, La Juerga presents a flamenco rooted in tradition with a paradigm and structure based on tablao style flamenco or flamenco seen in the taverns of Spain. It is musically driven, spontaneous, with room for improvisation. At the same time, La Juerga highlights the currents state in flamencos evolution by exploring and infusing the show with contemporary ideas. Sin Barreras will feature Illeana Gomez, a dancer for La Juerga Flamenco Ensemble.
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[2016-2017 Season]ETHEL'S DOCUMERICA is a meditation on America’s relationship to our land, our resources, and ourselves, Documerica is a multimedia concert that melds multiple screen video projections with original music by some of today’s top composers. Documerica is performed with electrifying virtuosity by the post modern quartet ETHEL.
Described by The New York Times as "new music bonding with old images in rich, provocative and moving ways," this evening-long program was created in collaboration with projection designer Deborah Johnson and directed by Steve Cosson... Read More
Sold out to Chicago audiences since 2005, The “staggeringly brilliant” (TimeOut Chicago) Improvised Shakespeare Company is sure to delight. With fully improvised Shakespearian dialogue, each show is distinct. The characters are formed as the show goes on and no one knows where the show will lead, not even the actors! Using language and themes from William Shakespeare, the all male cast creates a night of “off the cuff comedy” while allowing a brand new story to unfold... Read More
Described as the “greatest military chorus in the world,” by Erich Kunzel, the Soldier’s Chorus of the United States Army is a diverse vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band of Washington D.C. The 29 member chorale travels both nationally and abroad to bring their “musical excellence and inspiring patriotism” to audiences everywhere. What makes this chorus unique is the diverse musical backgrounds of the members, ranging from opera to vocal coaching to musical theatre.
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[2016-2017 Season]Together Third Rail Projects with Texas A & M University faculty and students from Dance, Theatre, Music, and Visualization will create a new immersive theatre piece that will captivate audiences. The live performers were students from the Dance Program and Performance Studies. The production featured Video projections and architectural sound installations created by Architecture faculty and students.
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“Before we were online, there was the clothesline…” Originally created as a dance by Dr. Kariami Welsh, The Clothesline Muse has been extended into a theatrical, evening length piece with the help of contributors, Nnenna Freelon and Maya Freelon Asante. Centered around Grandma Blu, an elderly washerwoman, storyteller and owner of Blu's Hand Laundry, and her young, feminist, afro-futurist, granddaughter, Mary Mack, this intergenerational piece brings to light the importance of appreciating one’s culture... Read More
[2016-2017 Season] "This young company is not just promising, It's delivering. TimeOutNY New York Shakespeare Exchange offers innovative theatrical programming that explores what happens when contemporary culture is infused with Shakespearean poetry and themes in unexpected ways. We provide fresh points of entry to the work so that modern audiences will be exposed to the intrinsic power of Shakespeare. Our goal is to encourage an enthusiastic appreciation of classical theater and to expand the reach of the art form within new and existing audiences... Read More
[2016-2017 Season] Created in 1991 by Laura Eisenhower, the small Detroit company has expanded to an award winning company, winning the Artserve Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture in 2003, and was named a Kresge Arts Fellow in 2012. The Eisenhower Dance Company performs nationwide, as well as in Europe and Russia. The Eisenhower Dance Centers serve as a home base for the company while housing educational programs. The centers have expanded from one center in Detroit to 3 schools in Rochester, Birmingham, and Franklin, MI. The schools teach both pre-professional and recreational dancers... Read More
Sixty one-minute musical compositions partnered with works by TAMU students and faculty from theatre, dance and visual art... Read More
Inspired by the everyday stories of the last remaining survivors of the nuclear bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky has created Peace Symphony: 8 Stories.
The idea behind this work came from Miller’s personal interaction with eight Hibakusha (被爆者 Atomic bomb survivors) on Peace Boat’s 83rd Global Voyage (Peace Boat is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment) where Miller recently served as a guest educator and artist-in-residence... Read More
[2014-2015 Season] Koresh Dance Company, founded by Israeli-born Artistic Director Ronen Koresh in 1991, is based in Philadelphia, PA. After their recent home season—the world premiere of Koresh’s Aftershock on March 26th—, the ten dancers are completing their spring tour with stops in Washington, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as College Station, Texas. Recent press has called the company “the most exciting dance experience in Philadelphia” (Philadelphia Weekly). The New Yorker describes its style as “earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, physically intense, and ostentatiously eccentric.”
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Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. The New York City-based dance company presents an annual New York season, tours internationally, conducts extensive in-school arts education and community outreach programs, and offers dance training to the public through classes, workshops, and intensives... Read More
[2014-2015 Season] Ragamala Dance Company was founded in 1992 by Ranee Ramaswamy. Now under the direction of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy (mother and daughter), the company is in its 25th season of creating intercultural, collaborative performance works that forge together ancestry and continuity. In this milestone year, long-time Ragamala soloist Ashwini Ramaswamy has joined her mother and sister in their intergenerational creative partnership. Ragamala Dance Company presents “Sacred Earth”, a dance piece that explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. Acclaimed as one of the diaspora's leading Indian dance ensembles, Ragamala Dance seamlessly carries the south Indian dance form of Bharata Natyam into the 21st century. .. Read More
[2014-2015 Season] Watch a comic book become real right before your eyes! It is a truly unique theatrical experience you won't want to miss. When The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel premiered, more than 2,100 people turned out. Shortly after that, it was featured on NPR and Conan O'Brien. In its third touring season, the production has hit more than 80 venues around the US, UK, and Canada, including a run at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway... Read More
[2015-2016 Season]THE CURIOUS CASE OF PHINEAS GAGE is inspired by the life and times of Phineas Gage, one of the most famous cases of traumatic brain injury in all of neuroscience. In this hysterical journey reminiscent of Monty Python, a trio of 19th century conspiracy theorists follows young Phineas' exploits in PT Barnum's freakshow as he discovers the secret history of psychic aliens on Earth.
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[Season 2014-2015] Black Violin, one of the hottest bands at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2013, has been selected to perform live at Texas A&M University. They are the only band that combines classical trained musicians/vocalist with pop, blues, hip-hop and bluegrass music. Some of their past performances include: Presidential Inauguration Ball for Barack Obama, NFL celebrations for three Superbowls, US Open at Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks and for the US Troops in Iraq.
Theses talented, classically trained viola and violin players are stretching the fabric of how music is interpreted. So open your ears, your heart and soul—to the ground-breaking sounds of Black Violin.
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[2013-2014 Season] The Telling Project is a performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veteran experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world... Read More
[2013-2014 Season] The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing) began working together in 1983 after meeting while students at the University of Houston. Using an open and offbeat “direct-to-the-public” methodology, they have presented their work in grocery stores, movie theaters, airports, restaurants, sports arenas and many other non-traditional venues while also exploiting mass media and entertainment to explore contemporary society and issues. They are perhaps best known for their numerous staged performances, public spectacles, and “behavioral” interventions that have blurred the divisions between art and life... Read More
[Season 2013-2014] Actors From The London Stage is the national outreach program of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. A self-directed ensemble of five professional British actors presents one of William Shakespeare’s favorite comedies, As You Like It. The artists, comprised of five British Shakespearean actors from such companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and Shakespeare’s Globe, among others, devote a large part of their time to lectures, workshops, seminars, and informal meetings with students. Their stay provides student and faculty with a unique opportunity both to observe extraordinary performances and to discuss literature and the art of theatre in depth with some of the most talented artists from some of the most impo..... Read More
[2013-2014 Season] Since their discovery in 2009 by Charles Reinhart after the premiere of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre has quickly become a beloved fixture in the contemporary arts scene in Miami. With a whirlwind success that has taken them from sold out performances at the prestigious American Dance Festival (ADF), The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County and most recently The Baryshnicov Arts Center NYC, the company is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the national dance scene. Known for its diverse ensemble that consists of some of Miami’ s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theater, performance art, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet, RHDT has had the privilege of perf..... Read More
[2013-2014 Season] Te Amo, Argentina, (formerly known as "Music from Argentina") is a multi-media performance inspired by the personal, musical, and artistic discoveries of cellist Antonio Lysy. It is a true homage to Argentina and its many art forms: the by-products of indigenous and European cultures melted together in history's fiery and passionate crucible. .. Read More
[2013-2014 Season] The New York Neo-Futurists are a collective of writer/director/performers who create theater that is fusion of sport, poetry, and living newspaper. This non-illusory, interactive performance conveys their experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible, offering immediate, irreproducible events at affordable prices. These talented performers embrace those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater - inspiring them to thought, feeling and action. Since opening in Brooklyn, the New York Neo-Futurists have performed at Sarah Lawrence, Fordham, Six Figures’ Artists of Tomorrow Festival, the Providence Improv Festival, Ladyfest, ESPN Pop Up Magazine, NYU, NACL and have created educational outreach programs to teach their unique writer/performe..... Read More
[2013-2014 Season] Dance: For 30 years, Karole Armitage and her dancers shaped the evolution of contemporary dance by creating and performing of new works. Armitage Gone! was originally created in in 1979 in New York to critical acclaim for its punk infused dances. This led to the founding of The Armitage Ballet in 1985, which featured work en pointe in collaboration with visual artists David Salle and Jeff Koons. .. Read More
[2013-2014 Season] Jeremy Kittel, Compass recording artist and violist for the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, and his Jeremy Kittel Band will perform at Texas A&M’s Rudder Theatre September 19 at 8 pm. This is the first production of the Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts 2013-2014 season. To kick off the season, the AVPA hosted a pre-concert dessert reception with the band at 7pm in the Rudder Exhibit Hall... Read More
Erik Tiemens is known internationally as a painter of fine landscapes. He studied traditional drawing and painting at Art Center College of Design, graduating with distinction in 1990. His work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions around the world.
He was a concept Design Supervisor on Star Wars Episode II and III. His previous work includes War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Trek: Generations, Forrest Gump, Contact, and Jurassic Park.
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Highly skilled and emotive dancers, stimulating music, and bold, commanding choreography are the hallmarks of this jazz-‐based contemporary company, led by Artistic Director Frank Chaves. Founded in 1989 by four visionary dancers/choreographers, River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies. One of the most popular national repertory companies, receiving critical acclaim in the U.S. and internationally. River North concerts include several works spanning broad variety-‐ offering performances enjoyed by seasoned dance patrons and those having their first experience with concert dance. Chaves aims for audiences to feel the complete spectrum of human emotions in a single evening, and leaves them feeling joyf..... Read More
Now in its 35th year, Actors from the London Stage is one of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world. Housed and workshopped in England with academic tours booked through Shakespeare's auspices at Notre Dame housed in the Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Notre Dame, this program is truly unique... Read More
Leyla McCalla is a cellist who also plays Creole banjo and blues guitar. She is presently living in New Orleans, composing music, and giving her voice to the poetry of Langston Hughes. Also, her repertoire includes songs from the Haitian-‐Creole genre, giving her an old-‐world, international sound. She recently began working with the Music Maker Relief Foundation in their Next Generation program to urge her enthusiastic admirers Taj Mahal and the Carolina Chocolate Drops... Read More
Split Knuckle is a critically acclaimed company that creates dynamic, physical, visually striking theatre from simple materials. Through imagination, text, and movement, Split Knuckle creates vast landscapes, vivid characters, and epic stories. They make powerful theatre engaging the audience and performers in collective acts of imagination. Using the human voice and body's expressive power, we tell stories confronting the wonders and challenges of life in our world... Read More
[2012-2013 Season] Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with appearances at New York's Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Theatre des Champs-‐Elysees in Paris and Maeda Hall in Tokyo. The Quartet has been presented on major radio stations such as National Public Radio's Performance Today, Boston's WGBH, New York's WQXR and WNYC, and on Canada's CBC Radio and Radio France.
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