Research, teaching and professional development are in full swing this summer for Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts students who are taking their talents on the road, many with passports in hand. Enrichment opportunities lead them across the US and abroad to promote their crafts. Summer residencies, festivals, and workplaces provide research, performance, and professional development opportunities around the world for academic credit, a personal challenge, or networking opportunities.
This story chronicles several of their summer plans: dancers perform on stage in Paris, Maine, and New York; theater students run the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington; and student photographers capture stunning landscapes in Canada and Ireland.
Performing on stages from Brooklyn to Maine
This summer, dance and choreographer Holly Trenbat will have the opportunity to expand her repertoire, expand her portfolio, and choreograph for the choreographers she admires on the professional stage.
A dancer trained in classical modern dance with a touch of modernism and a passionate lover of postmodernism, Trenbat will be attending The Red Project’s residency in New York City as part of her first scholarship program led by VCUarts alumnus Johnny Cruz. Mercer. Trenbat describes this opportunity as an opportunity to come to life through dance and gain experience in creative projects. The public performance will take place on June 12.
“This is a really great opportunity to connect with people in New York,” said Trenbat, who graduated in December 2023. “It’s great to be able to play there.”
And then from 3 July to Aug. On September 9, Trenbat will travel to Lewiston, Maine to mentor young dancers at the Bates Dance Festival on the Bates College campus, producing and directing the work of professional choreographers and dancers who have participated in the program.
“People come from all over the world to participate in either the performances or the training programs they run,” said Trenbat, who hopes to gain more skills in production. “I am very excited to stage the work of people I want to work for in the future. Going to Bates gives me all these skills that I’ve never had before.”
Photographing coastal scenery in Canada
With an international research grant from the Dean of VCUarts, photographers Barrett Reynolds and Jack Fox focused on capturing landscapes, people and shipwrecks off the coast of Nova Scotia for a week in June.
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