U.Va. Arts Board Celebrates Collaboration Across the Arts with 'Big Bang 2010'

January 19, 2010

January 19, 2010 — The University of Virginia Arts Board, in conjunction with the Department of Drama and the Office of the Dean of Students, will present "Big Bang 2010" from Jan. 28 through Feb. 6.

Big Bang 2010 features a weeklong residency of actor and poet Daniel Beaty, Philadelphia hip-hop dance artist Rennie Harris and Brooklyn filmmaker Ray Tintori. In master classes and rehearsal sessions, the artists will work with students to create an interdisciplinary collaborative work that fuses poetry, dance and film.

A series of events featuring each artist is free and open to the public:

• Tintori Films and Talkback
Jan. 28, 8 p.m. in Clemons Library, room 201
Tintori creates short films and writes and directs music videos for MGMT and other pop groups. He will screen and discuss his short films "Death to the Tinman," which won honorable mention for Short Filmmaking at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; "Jettison Your Loved Ones"; and "Glory at Sea."

• "History of Hip-Hop" / lecture and demonstration
Jan. 29, 8 p.m. in Helms Theatre
Harris founded Rennie Harris Puremovement in 1995 to counter the commercially exploited stereotypes of hip-hop by revealing the essence and spirit of the art form. He believes hip-hop expresses universal themes that extend the boundaries of race, religion and economics. Free tickets will be available at the door.

• "Emergency"
Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall
Beaty, an award-winning actor, singer, writer, composer and poet, will present his Obie Award-winning one-man show in which he portrays 43 characters, all of whom comment on the modern black experience.

• Tintori Music Video Screening & Talkback
Feb. 3, 8 p.m in Minor Hall, room 130
Tintori will screen and discuss his music videos. He collaborates with numerous groups, including The Killers, Cool Kids and Chairlift. His Chairlift promo received a Video Music Award nomination at the MTV Awards for "Best Breakthrough Video" in 2009.

• Screening of Workshop Films
Feb. 5, 7-10 p.m., in Newcomb Hall, room 389
During his residency Tintori will work with student filmmakers to create their own films.

• Performance of Commissioned Work
Feb. 6, 2 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
During the residency, the poetry and dance artists will work with students in master classes to create a new work, commissioned by the Arts Board, that blends their artistic talents.

Additional Big Bang 2010 events include:

• Poetry Slam
Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. in Para Coffee House, 19 Elliewood Ave.

• Naughty Dynamic and the Design Concert
Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. in The Chapel
The Charlottesville-based band blends the worlds of rock, soul and groove.

All events are free and open to the public.

For information, contact Lisa Thompson at 424-924-8825 or lpt4s@virginia.edu.

— By Jane Ford