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HALF LIFE
01.08.15

RACHEL HYNES: HALF LIFE (A ZOMBIE LOVE LETTER FOR NO ONE) AT CULTURALDC’S MEAD THEATRE JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 21, 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2015
Contact:  John Richards
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Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one)
January 29 – February 21, 2015
Opening Night: Thursday, January 29, 8pm 

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one), a new devised show about grieving and zombies, running January 29 – February 22, 2015 at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. This darkly comedic meditation on loss was conceived by Rachel Hynes and devised by Hynes, Joshua Drew, Jonathan Lee Taylor and Tyler Herman. Half Life features an unusual female protagonist, Regina, who, after waking up from a car accident, discovers that her community is afraid of her wounds.

Half Life refers to the times in our lives when we feel disconnected from our peers, numb or only half alive. “I wanted to talk about life in transition, especially after loss,” says creator and devisor Hynes. “Loss can be very alienating. You find yourself searching for connection, which can be hard, when you mostly feel numb and disconnected from yourself.” The title also refers to the scientific principle of half life, the formula by which one calculates radioactive decay. “It’s a metaphor for grieving. When we suffer big losses in our lives, they lessen over time, but never really go away.”

Hynes takes tragedy and turns it on its head, giving the play a darkly comedic edge and setting it in an absurdist world, a small town, run by the town’s one business, Walker’s Frozen Gibble Bits. The strange and funny world has been embraced by the devising team, an eleven-member powerhouse of devisors, designers and performers whose credits include Dog and Pony, Faction of Fools, Forum Theatre, banished? productions and the Kennedy Center. Hynes recalls, “The most important part of putting together the production team was not monologues or design portfolios, but whether or not the artist understood the show’s humor within the pathos.”

Hynes espouses a creation process that is more collaborative than most. Rather than use the typical hierarchical model of playwright/director/actor/designers, where everyone has a specific role, Hynes encourages a blending of roles, resulting in a highly collaborative and creative environment. All members of the production team, from performers to designers to the stage manager, work in the rehearsal room, allowing design and production elements to influence the stage action and vice versa. Half Life, driven by the many voices of the ensemble, makes this piece bigger than the sum of its zombie parts.

Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one) runs approximately 1 hour with no intermission. Performances start January 29 and run through February 21, Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8pm and 10:30pm; and Sundays at 6pm.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rachel Hynes develops new works as a performer, devisor, director and dramaturg. She founded and served as Co-Artistic Director of experimental theatre company, Helsinki Syndrome for five years, whose work has appeared in On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival (Seattle), Camden People’s Theatre’s SPRINT Festival (London) and Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Incubator (NYC). She developed and performs two original solo shows, Tale of a Tiger and You Have Made a Story on My Skin, a storytelling show about scars. Locally, she has performed with Forum Theatre (T Party), Emma Jaster (To Know a Veil), Source Festival’s Artistic Blind Date (Facebook In Memoriam) and banished? productions’ Tyger, with whom she is an Artistic Associate.  Rachel also works with Collective Eleven, expanding our notions of performance, for which she produced Burning Down the House, a site-specific bouffon tribute to the modern commuter. Rachel received her training at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and her MFA in Lecoq-based Actor Created Theatre. 

TICKETS

Tickets for Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one) are $20.00 for adults, $10 for under 18 and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at culturaldc.org.

Ticket Discounts:

All Thursday Night performances are Pay-What-You-Can (Excluding 1/29)

Discount tickets available for Groups of 8 or more, Fringe Button-holders, and Students & Seniors

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, January 28 @ 8pm PWYC Preview

Thursday, January 29 @ 8pm Opening

The run continues through February 21st with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Saturdays at 10PM and Sundays at 6PM.

Industry Night: Tuesday, February 3rd ($10 Tickets)

ARTISTIC TEAM

Devised by: Rachel Hynes, Joshua Drew, Jonathan Lee Taylor, Tyler Herman
Performers: Rachel Hynes, Jonathan Lee Taylor
Outside Eye: Joshua Drew, Tyler Herman
Production Manager: Natalie Gallagher
Stage Manager: Kaylin Peachy
Set Design: Brian Gillick
Costumes: Brittany Graham
Lights: Mary Keegan
Choreography: Nora Rosengarten

ABOUT MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates the Mead Theatre Lab Program and its intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. Inaugurated in January 2006, the program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring.  A panel of noted DC theatre professionals selects the projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers.  The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Graham Holdings Company, The Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation and The Weissberg Foundation.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, Nordstrom, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2014-15 Wine Partner.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.
#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305
CulturalDC Press: John Richards
202.315.1322 | john@culturaldc.org

Half-Life Press: Natalie Gallagher
609-240-3478/ nmg1218@gmail.com

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01.07.15

TAI HWA GOH: LULLED LAND AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY JANUARY 16–FEBRUARY 21

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
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john@culturaldc.org

TAI HWA GOH:  LULLED LAND
January 16 – February 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 6-8PM 

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Tai Hwa Goh: Lulled Land, the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. In this immersive installation representing the accumulation of memory and experience, images are obstructed and buried under delicate layers of waxed papers.

Goh creates luminosity in her work by incorporating hand-waxing into traditional printmaking techniques. In the process of folding, cutting, flipping and overlapping printed materials, identifiable objects gradually turn into echoes of themselves. Images evolve from biological forms to landscape, describing the interaction between the inner and outer mass of human body. Through this presentation, the artist says, “I become the extension of nature, and nature becomes the extension of my body.” In Lulled Land, Goh reflects upon the impenetrability and vulnerability of human body, and at the same time, its resilience.

ABOUT THE ARTIST  

Tai Hwa Goh specializes in printmaking and paper installation. She was born and grew up in Seoul, Korea. She received a MFA degree at the University of Maryland (2004) with an emphasis in printmaking and sculpture, and a second MFA in printmaking at Seoul National University in Korea (2000).

Goh has had more than 10 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows at leading galleries, including IPCNY (NY), Carriage House of Islip Museum (NY), Gallery Aferro (NJ), A.I.R Gallery (NY), Arlington Arts Center (VA), School33 (MD), Space Gallery (Cleveland, OH), and the Consular Office of the Embassy of Korea (DC and NY). She has been awarded grants and residency opportunities by Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts (NY), Aljira Center for Contemporary Arts (NJ), Evergreen Museum and Library (MD), Vermont Studio Center (NY), Lower East Side Print Shop (NY), DC Commission on the Arts Humanities, and Prince George’s Art Council (MD). Her works are included in the collection of the DC City Hall, Lower East Side Print Shop, and University of Maryland. She has lived and worked in the New York area for several years, where she teaches art at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Art Center of Northern New Jersey.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Tai Hwa Goh: LULLED LAND
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 16 – February 21, 2015
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: Saturday, January 17 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
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Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.
#WeMakeSpaceForArt

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11.12.14

CulturalDC Announces 25 Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
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CulturalDC Announces 25 Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce that 25 Full-Length Plays have been selected as finalists for Source Festival 2015. Three Full-Length Plays will be selected from the 25 finalists to be produced at the Source Festival from June 5-28, 2015.

Full-Length Plays are submitted to the Festival by invitation only. Festival producers invite playwrights previously produced by the Festival, writers based in the DC Metro Area and writers identified through a nationwide spotter system to submit never before produced Full-Length Plays. The Festival received a record number of 131 Full-Length Plays this fall.

The 25 finalists were selected after being evaluated by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director and CulturalDC’s Director of Artistic Programs Jenny McConnell Frederick. The Festival will also feature 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December.
A full list of the plays including playwright bios is available here ( SF15 Top 25 FLP Release (FINAL) 11-12-14).

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11.10.14

LAST CHANCE: OPEN CALL FOR MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM / DEADLINE: TODAY (NOVEMBER 11) AT 5PM

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WE MAKE THE SPACE, YOU MAKE THE ART

OPEN CALL – Mead Theatre Lab Program
Deadline: (TODAY) Tuesday, November 11, 5PM

Apply for space to present your work at Mead Theatre Lab. The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint serves as a platform for emerging performing artists and arts organizations to produce their own work in CulturalDC’s 60-seat blackbox. CulturalDC welcomes artists, producers and organizations presenting performing arts in any genre to apply. Questions? Contact Violet Mantell, Program Associate at violet@culturaldc.org or click here for more information.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals recommends projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jayvee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on these exciting projects!

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

Martine Workman
11.07.14

MARTINE WORKMAN: DUSK WOODS AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 20

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November 7, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
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MARTINE WORKMAN
DUSK WOODS
November 21 – December 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 6-8PM

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present DUSK WOODS, the first solo exhibition by DC-based artist Martine Workman, from November 21-December 20, 2014. The works in DUSK WOODS include ink drawings, watercolors, animation, zines and a video game, playfully exploring the possibilities of medium and scale. Working within the constraints of a limited vocabulary of marks, Workman exploits the emotional qualities of drawing and print techniques and explores how meaning changes through media.

Workman’s exhibition is inspired by light filtering through a forest, wind rustling through leaves and the translation of drawing from one medium to another. This new body of work explores the artist’s recollections of the Pacific Northwest, her home for seven years before moving to DC in 2012. Drawing from memory, she also references Japanese prints and old master drawings.

ABOUT THE ARTIST  

Martine Workman is a DC-based artist who creates books, drawings and animation. She has been participating in small press fairs across the country since 2004. She is a graduate of California College of the Arts. In 2013, she was a VCCA fellow and exhibitor at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. In 2014, she was a Sondheim Artscape Prize semi-finalist, 3rd place Trawick Prize recipient and was awarded the DCCAH Artist Fellowship Grant for 2015.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT

Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Martine Workman: DUSK WOODS
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: November 21 – December 20, 2014
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: November 22 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
Flashpoint Gallery Holiday Hours *CLOSED* Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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11.03.14

Pointless Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Residency at CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
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Pointless Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Residency at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Washington, DC – Pointless Theatre, Washington DC’s premiere puppet spectacle company, is thrilled to announce that they are partnering with CulturalDC and will be the newest company in residence at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Pointless is a young ensemble-based theatre company that strives to gleefully smash the traditional boundaries between puppetry, theatre, dance, music and the visual arts.

Pointless is no stranger to the Mead Theatre Lab. For the past two years, Pointless has been selected to participate in the competitive Mead Theatre Lab Program. Through these short-term residencies, Pointless presented its critically acclaimed works: Canterbury (2013) and Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet (2014). In his review of Sleeping Beauty, Peter Marks of the Washington Post wrote, “This production cements the status of Pointless…as one of the best young companies in the region…Pointless is gaining a toehold in the increasingly crowded D.C. theater world with a style that feels completely, exuberantly its own.”

In the 2014 – 2015 season, Pointless will premiere two original productions: A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular and Doctor Caligari. A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular, a winter cabaret for adults featuring puppetry, improv, and a funky reindeer band, opens on December 2, 2014 and runs through January 3, 2015. Doctor Caligari, an original adaptation of a silent German expressionist horror film, runs from March 5, 2015 through April 5, 2015.

This residency will ensure that Pointless will continue to grow and become a staple in the Washington DC theatre community. Pointless Theatre is the most recent recipient of the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, given at the Helen Hayes Awards by theatreWashington.

“From our very first engagement with Pointless three years ago, it was clear that they had struck an ideal balance between professionalism and innovation, “ explains Jenny McConnell Frederick, Director of Artistic Programs at CulturalDC.  “Wise beyond their years, they bring a great enthusiasm, ambition and wit to everything they do.  We are really pleased to have them at CulturalDC.”

“Pointless is thrilled to receive a permanent home base at Flashpoint for its upcoming season, “ says Patti Kalil, Co-Artistic Director of Pointless Theatre. “This residency will provide the company with a unique and invaluable opportunity to truly grow and expand on our work artistically, while reaching out to new audiences. We are honored and extremely proud to officially be a part of the CulturalDC family!”

For more information on Pointless Theatre Company, please visit www.pointlesstheatre.com.  Press can contact Scott Whalen at scott@pointlesstheatre.com.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on this exciting project.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

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CulturalDC Welcomes New Board Members, Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert

 

 

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September 25, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
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CulturalDC Welcomes New Board Members, Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert 

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC, a nonprofit arts organization, has announced the addition of Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert to the CulturalDC Board of Directors.

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an activist, artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and proprietor of Busboys and Poets, a popular restaurant and gathering place in Washington, DC.  Since its inception in 2005 and expansion into four area locations (more coming soon), Busboys and Poets has featured prominent speakers and authors, showcased exhibitions of visual artists, and provided a venue for social and political activism. Mr. Shallal also founded the Eatonville Restaurant in 2009.  As an artist, Andy Shallal has worked with a variety of materials. His murals have been featured in many publications including the Washington Post and are displayed at Busboys and Poets, The Institute for Policy Studies and DC Vote.  Mr. Shallal has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, the Mayor’s Environmental Award, United Nations Human Rights Community Award, as well as leadership awards in employment and sustainable business practices. He was also named “Democracy’s Restauranteur” in a Washington Post article and Man of the Year by the Washington Peace Center.

Hank L. Torbert is a Principal and Co-Founder at RLMcCall Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on industrial, media, technology and special situations transactions.  Mr. Torbert has spent the last 20 years in the venture capital, private equity, operational management, business development and corporate finance world.   Throughout his career, Mr. Torbert has focused on investing in and enhancing early venture and middle market companies, notably in the context of roll up and platform company opportunities. As a founding investor and board member, Mr. Torbert played an integral role in the launch, development and $100MM Initial Public Offering of Mood Media (TSX: “MM”), formerly Fluid Music, Inc., an internet-based music services company.  Mr. Torbert is also a collector of contemporary art, notable emerging DC artists. In addition, he is keenly focused on addressing issues related to the arts, education, and homelessness.

“CulturalDC’s mission is about combining art and business in ways that support artists and art organizations in their creative endeavors and uplift and enliven communities — both culturally and economically”, said CulturalDC Executive Director Juanita Hardy.  “Our new board members bring a passion for both art and business and we are extremely proud and honored to have them join our Board of Directors. Our Board, a team of art-minded business and thought leaders, is among CulturalDC’s most treasured assets.”

Andy and Hank join a board that is eager and ready to champion CulturalDC’s programs and activities and ensure that the organization is positioned to fulfill its mission.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art by creating opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and over 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city.  Our efforts ensure that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the Washington area.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

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09.24.14

LESLIE BERNS + SHELLEY WARREN: EMBODYING THE EPHEMERAL AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY OCTOBER 17 – NOVEMBER 15

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September 24, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
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EMBODYING THE EPHEMERAL
Recent Work by Leslie Berns and Shelley Warren
October 17 – November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery presents, Embodying the Ephemeral, a two-person exhibition of multimedia works by Leslie Berns and Shelley Warren. Through installations of video, sculpture, sound, and works on paper, the artists explore relationships between art and ritual, identity and the environment, and Eastern philosophical and spiritual traditions. In nature-based videos by both artists, figures enact either Buddhist or private rituals in landscapes featuring the elements; earth, water, fire or air.

Leslie Berns exhibits a video performance entitled Grounding, along with related photographs, reliefs and works on paper.  The visual narrative in her works originates in the experience of loss while marking the gradual return of joy.  Working with a vocabulary of abstract shapes and symbols, Berns simultaneously makes visible the idea of the ‘one drop rule’ and the bi-racial experience of being ‘invisibly black’.

Berns’ works on paper are like pages from a book. Bold, graphic cutouts adorn the gallery wall like time-lapsed stills. One Drop Rule/I Dreamed I Was a Butterfly is arranged in layers of colored paper along a spectrum of earth tones between black and white. The piece shows the Flower of Life folding and unfolding as it references ‘hypodescent’ – the assigning of people of mixed race to the subordinate group.  Through the use of color, Berns aims to show that life and death, as well as different races, are not separate, but linked in a continuum.

In Shelley Warren’s work, Buddhist monks chant prayers over a backdrop of swaying trees and rustling leaves in a windstorm, projected onto static sculptures in a sound and video installation.  Warren merges moving images of a rushing waterfall, flickering butter lamps and Buddhist nuns prostrating with evocative sculptures of fabric, white stones, and flour. Warren invites us to a meditative experience on the relationship between our corporeal, ephemeral bodies and our spiritual selves. The videos are from Warren’s most recent visit to Kopan Monastery, Nepal, where she has studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation over 35 years. Her multimedia installations are an attempt to merge one’s inner experience with the outer environment. The work explores the question of human nature, identity and sanctity.

Leslie Berns received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Yale University, both in painting. Her “joyful, transformative” early experiences in Caribbean and modern dance were instrumental in influencing the multidisciplinary direction of her work. Through mixed-media drawing, sculpture, performance and moving image, she explores the transformation of forms in space and time.

Berns has exhibited at venues in the United States and Europe. As part of the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series (2011), an earlier version of Grounding was selected for a screening at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. In Germany, the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut presented Threshold, a collaboratively choreographed, outdoor performance installation sited among the ruins of Heidelberg’s historic Castle Garden.

Berns is a Lecturer in Drawing, Design and Art Theory at the University of Maryland College Park.  She has also taught at Parsons School of Design, American University and Maryland Institute College of Art. She resides in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

Shelley Warren earned an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She is a recipient of a New Jersey Council of the Arts Grant, Art Matters Foundation Grant, and a Rutgers University Center for Innovative Printmaking Fellowship. Warren was also granted a residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. Her multimedia installations and videos have been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and her work is in several private and public collections including the Lannan Foundation Collection in Sante Fe, NM.

Warren currently holds a teaching position at the University of Vermont. She has been a Visiting Artist and Juror at Harvard University School of Design, Barnard + Columbia Architecture, Yale School of Architecture, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Norwich University School of Architecture.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Leslie Berns + Shelley Warren: Embodying the Ephemeral
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: October 17 – November 15, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1305 or Visit www.culturaldc.org

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CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email:john@culturaldc.org

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GOLDIE DEANE: SURRENDER (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION) / ONE NIGHT ONLY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 @ SOURCE

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CONTACT: JOHN RICHARDS
202.315.1322 | john@culturaldc.org

GOLDIE DEANE: SURRENDER (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION)

WHAT:  Surrender is a biographical, hip-hop theatre piece created by Goldie Deane. A ritual performance of music, dance, and verse, it tells the story of a young woman and her rites into womanhood. The work is a combination of mix-tape performance styles with traditional Yoruba rituals and traditions.  Egbe and Egun (spirit guides and ancestors) lead the main character, Goldie, to revisit her past and confront issues of identity, love, and spirituality, in a desperate attempt to find peace of mind and purpose.  

WHERE:  SOURCE Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Please note, the Rehearsal Hall is not ADA accessible) 

WHEN:  ONE NIGHT ONLY: Sunday, October 5 | 7:30PM 

DETAILS:  PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN

CulturalDC makes space for art by creating opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area. Our efforts ensure that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the Washington area.

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Photo: Courtesy Goldie Deane

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09.09.14

CulturalDC Announces Open Call for Artists Interested in Participating in Source Festival, Flashpoint Gallery or Mead Theatre Lab Program!

 

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CulturalDC OPEN CALLS for Visual Artists, Theatre Artists, Dancers, Choreographers, Musicians, Filmmakers & More!

SOURCE FESTIVAL
Artistic Blind Date Collaborators & Directors for Full-Length & 10-Minute Plays
Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM | no application fee

Open to playwrights, directors and artists working in a range of disciplines. Source Festival is an annual performing arts festival for new work running from June 5 – 28, 2015. The Festival features 18 10-Minute Plays, three Full-Length Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates (open to performing and visual artists, playwrights, devisers, musicians, dancers, choreographers and filmmakers). Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about Source Festival and our Request for Proposals.

(Script submission deadlines and open call auditions will be later in the year.)

FLASHPOINT GALLERY
Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM | $30 to apply
Open to contemporary artists, independent curators and arts organizations. Flashpoint Gallery showcases bold, new work and cultivates emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms.  Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about Flashpoint Gallery and our Request for Proposals.

MEAD THEATRE LAB AT FLASHPOINT
Deadline: Tuesday, November 11, 5PM | $30 to apply
Open to artists, producers and arts organizations producing performing arts in any genre. The Mead Theatre Lab Program seeks emerging playwrights and performing artists to present work that explores provocative, new ideas. Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about the Mead Theatre Lab Program and our Request for Proposals.

Photos pictured above:
Jacqueline Levine, The TemptationFlashpoint Gallery 2012. Photo by Brandon Webster Photography.
Dana Figueroa Edidi,  Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea, Source Festival 2014. Photo by C. Stanley Photography
Rob Jansen, The Tramp’s New WorldMead Theatre Lab Program 2015. Photo courtesy of Rob Jansen

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

 CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email:john@culturaldc.org

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