College of Visual and Performing Arts Presents 24-Hour Arts Festival

Posted: February 10, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts will present Making Connections Marathon, a 24-hour festival of theater, art, music, film and dance activities, beginning on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 a.m. The event kicks off at the Fine Arts Building.

The festival is intended to give Mason faculty, staff and students and the surrounding community the opportunity to participate in creative experiences, including an acting class and hands-on studio activities led by faculty and students, in a progression of open house music, theater, dance and art studio settings.

Participants can try their hand at crafting meaningful images through photography, printmaking and digital animation; dancing to African-Cuban music; and exploring an open-class choreography session. They can also take part in improvisational music and performance and a live-audience television production.

The festival was organized by a faculty and student committee led by Ken Elston, assistant professor in the Department of Theater, as well as Helen Frederick, associate professor in the Department of Art and Visual Technology (AVT).

“This festival offers students, faculty, alumni and the community expanded experiences ranging from movement and image-making to music and reflection,” says Frederick. “Combine this with some of Mason’s finest faculty members, a master visiting artist and fabulous students, and you have a truly unique experience.”

The marathon will also feature Paula Murray Cole, a guest artist from New York who will lead participants in two Rasaboxes workshops. Rasaboxes train individuals to embody eight basic emotional and energetic states (rasas) through breath, body and voice, and explore the various ways of working with the rasas to create performance work.

During the midnight hours, participants can enjoy cinema, observe students presenting experimental projects or relax and partake of good food and conversation. Other activities such as stretches, dance, yoga rituals and a Sunrise Burning Bowl ceremony will be offered.

After the closing ceremony for the festival at dawn, participants are invited to join the “Parade to the Point,” which will travel along the sidewalks from campus to the new Point in Space Gallery in Old Town Fairfax. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. Doc Nix and The Green Machine, along with drummers, will lead the parade.

Work by Mason AVT students will be showcased at the gallery.

Information and a final schedule will be available in the Johnson Center at a Making Connections kiosk on Feb. 20. For more information, contact Frederick or Elston.

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