The Chrysalis Institute launches their fall theme, Creativity: The Soul Speaks, with a panel moderated by ICA Director Lisa Freiman, who has assembled a panel of creative arts professors discussing how their art enables them to “speak” in different languages. A group of musicians, visual artists, writers, and dancers will demonstrate how their art forms communicate by performing an act of “translation” for the audience. The panel’s goal is to enable participants to understand the unique ways in which art can be an expressive tool and how artists can interpret the same theme or concept in different ways.

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Where: Richmond CenterStage’s Gottwald Theater
Cost: $20
Purchase tickets on the Chrysalis Institute website.

Panelists will include:

Lisa Freiman, moderator, is the inaugural director of the ICA and a VCU School of Arts professor. She is an internationally recognized curator and leader in contemporary arts and comes to VCU from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where she served as senior curator and chair of the contemporary art department.

Ed Coleman, co-moderator, currently teaches English at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond. In his 20 years of teaching, Ed has designed curriculum for a number of high schools and, in 2009, was recognized as a Milken Family Foundation educator for Indiana.

Darryl Harper is chair of VCU’s Department of Music. He has performed as a clarinetist throughout the world and is a published composer and accomplished bandleader. He currently leads the C3 Project, a multimedia presentation of music, video, dance and poetry. He has taught for more than 20 years and has received the Gold Pin Award for extraordinary contributions to the VCU community.

Sasha Waters Freyer makes non-fiction films about outsiders, misfits and everyday radicals. Trained in photography and the documentary tradition, she fuses original and found footage in 16mm film and video. Most recently, she has crafted lyrical explorations of motherhood, documentaries on the New York of her youth and essay films on the cultural and political legacies of the late 20th century. She is chair of the Department of Photography and Film at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lea Marshall is associate chair of the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography. She is co-founder and executive director of GroundZero Dance, the dance critic for Richmond’s Style Weekly and a renowned performing artist. She is also an award-winning poet and freelance journalist who is passionate about interdisciplinary art making.

Elgie Gaynell Sherrod chairs VCU’s Department of Dance and Choreography. Before her academic career, she spent 15 years performing, touring and teaching with groups such as Philadanco (the Philadelphia Dance Company) and Urban Bush Women. Elgie is a Fulbright-Hayes scholar in dance research, taught at New York University and founded and directed the New York City Department of Dance Institute.

This is a Chrysalis Institute event that is co-sponsored by the ICA and VCUarts.