Off the Wall and Onto The Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green
CCB embraces Gullah culture with William Starrett’s original repertoire, "Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green." The ballet, conceived and choreographed by Starrett, was created in 2005 as a tribute to the world-renowned award-winning artist Jonathan Green, known for his vibrantly colorful art depicting Gullah life in South Carolina’s Lowcountry coast. When describing the inspiration for his art, Green says, “While the southern soul is often portrayed as angst or peace, the southern spirit is filled with creative healing energy, always evolving and growing in its creativity and adaptability. While there are pains in life and survival, I view the South today as appropriating the best of its cross-cultural heritage constructing a new sense of place and an enhanced sense of purpose.”
Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker
William Starrett and Columbia City Ballet are bringing holiday magic to Columbia this November with their 60th-anniversary professional socially-distant production of The Nutcracker, created by Executive and Artistic Director William Starrett for the stage of the Koger Center for the Arts, with eight performances over two weekends: December 12-13 and December 19-20.
Call for Applications: SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is now accepting applications for summer programs and the tuition-free, residential high school. All South Carolina residents in grades 6-11 are eligible to apply online at SCGSAH.org for the 2021-2022 school year. Located in downtown Greenville, the Governor’s School offers pre-professional training in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and visual arts. Students attend from all over the state to learn from established, practicing artists in an environment that provides the resources needed to hone their artistic abilities including specialized arts studios, state-of-the-art performance halls, dedicated rehearsal spaces and a world-class library. Application deadlines vary by program. Apply by Nov. 30 to receive an application fee waiver.
2021 North Charleston Arts Fest Participation Opportunities
Regional and local artists and performers in the areas of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, media arts, and literature are invited to apply to perform or present during 2021 North Charleston Arts Fest, April 28-May 2. The five-day celebration of the arts offers an array of events and activities including concerts, theatre presentations, exhibitions and installations, children’s programs, workshops, and demonstrations, throughout the City of North Charleston. The review panel will select applicants from all art disciplines to create a mix of free and ticketed events that are geared to meet the interests of a cross-section of ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Deadline for submission of artist applications: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Plaza Rhythms: Garba Dance
In honor of Navratri, a major Hindu festival dedicated to the divine feminine, the Columbia Museum of Art invites you to learn a Gujarati folk dance known as Garba, that revolves around the nine forms of mother goddess Durga. This October 25th Plaza Rhythms event will be taught by local dancer and educator Panna Chauhan, is suitable for all ages, and is free with membership or admission. Registration is required, and capacity is limited to ensure physical distancing.
UofSC Dance Student Choreography Showcase
The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents this year's final student choreography showcase, April 24th and 25th at 2 p.m., at Drayton Hall Theatre in Columbia. Directed by Olivia Waldrop, the production features original student works that have been designed to be filmed and shown via projection.
UofSC Dance presents “Excavating Movement”
The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Excavating Movement," a special one-night only performance featuring the works of some of the leading choreographers of the past 50 years. This gala evening of dance takes place April 1st at 7 p.m., at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia.
UofSC Dance Spring Concert
Jennifer Deckert directs a thought-provoking and boundary-pushing repertory of innovative contemporary choreography, as the University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents the UofSC Dance Spring Concert, February 10th through 13th at Drayton Hall Theatre in Columbia. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Nominations sought for Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards
The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina honor the state's exceptional folklife and traditional arts practitioners and advocates with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the traditional arts, the Folk Heritage Award is presented annually by the General Assembly to honor the work of stewarding and furthering the traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Up to four artists and one advocate may receive awards, and the deadline to submit nominations is November 6th. (Note: You are encouraged to contact the program director well in advance, to discuss the eligibility of your intended nominee.)
Nominations Open for SC Governor’s Award for the Arts
The South Carolina Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts, which annually recognizes South Carolinians who exhibit the highest levels of achievement, influence or support of the arts in our state. All it takes is a letter to nominate an artist, organization, business, government entity, arts educator, or individual. The deadline to submit nominations is November 6th.