August in Perspective Workshops

Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:00 AM to Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:00 PM
Minor Hall

August in Perspective: Creative Responses to #Charlottesville


On each Saturday in February 2018, the "August in Perspective: Creative Responses to #Charlottesville" series will foster creative responses to the events of August 11th and 12th through theater, dance, music, and art workshops with UVA students and faculty, community organizations, and local area high schools. Registration for events is not required, but recommended, especially for those with dietary and/or accessibility needs. 

To kick off the series, Rashida Bumbray & Dance Diaspora Collective’s Dancing While Black perform “Run Mary Run.” The free performance and discussion take place at UVA's Helms Theater on Thursday, February 1st at 8:00 pm. Free tickets can be reserved via UVA Arts Box Office. The visiting artists will host a workshop on Friday, February 2nd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Helms Theater. Please RSVP to by January 31st, 2018.   

On the Saturdays of February 10th, 17th, and 24th, the August in Perspective series hosts the following workshops.

  • Paloma McGregor and Rashida Bumbray Dancing While Black Residency


  • PRAISE TRADITIONS Workshop with Dance Diaspora Collective
  • February 2nd, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, UVA Helms Theater
  • RSVP to by January 31st, 2018
  • Dancing While Black's Master Classes for the Masses series Presents: Dance Diaspora Collective/ PRAISE TRADITIONS 
  • About: With the Afro form and the pulse at the center, this class will explore 3 well known spiritual dances: The Baptist Shuffle (from the Deep South, Mississippi & Alabama); The Ring Shout (from the Sea Islands and Low Country of Georgia and the Carolinas) and the Cordon (from Cuba).
  • No prior dance training required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 

Participants in the Diaspora Dance Collective workshop

  • "How to Live in Charlottesville," 12-hour Theater Project with UVA’s Paul Robeson Players
    • February 10th, 2018 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Minor Hall, Room 125
    • Participants will write, cast, direct, and perform a series of original plays organized around the theme of “How to Live in Charlottesville”
    • Register via this link by January 31st, 2018
    • Meals provided
    • No prior theater training or experience required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes


  • “Musical Reflections on Life in Charlottesville,” Workshop with A.D. Carson & PRESENCE Center for Applied Theater Arts
    • February 17th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Minor Hall, Room 125
    • Hip-hop workshop with A.D., Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop and the Global South, UVA
    • MIMA method workshop on musical improvisation with Mecca Burns, PRESENCE Center for Applied Theater Arts, Charlottesville
    • Students from Friendship Court workshop on original musical composition 
    • Registration recommended via this link. Refreshments provided


  • “Crafting Spaces of Solidarity and Resistance,” Erasure/Found Poetry with Sara Brickman, Solidarity Cards with Destinee Wright, and Kintsugi pottery with Ashon Crawley  
    • February 24th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Citizen Justice Lab Space, New Cabell Hall Room 452 (4th Floor), University of Virginia
    • Found poetry and collage workshop with Sara Brickman, UVa MFA English Program
    • Solidarity Cards demo and composition, Destinee Wright
    • Kintsugi pottery with Ashon Crawley, UVa African American Studies/Religious Studies
    • Registration recommended via this link. Refreshments provided


  • Culminating Showcase  
    • March 2nd 7:00 pm, The Haven
    • Performance of "A King's Story" by Joshua St. Hill, Amaya Wallace, and the Monticello Drama Department
    • Film screening of play and 12-hour play project, "8-12-17"
    • Showcase of original musical works
    • Poetry readings
    • Display and discussion of Kintsugi pottery and Solidarity Cards
    • Registration recommended via this link. Refeshments provided