Pilobolus Devising Workshop
This workshop lead a group of 25 students (with varied levels of movement experience) in devising a piece centered around the idea of “Creature.” *Students who participated in this workshop were not required to have a background in dance. Participants were required to partake in a performance in conjunction with the Festival of the Moving Creature taught by Pilobolus teaching associates. The performance was Saturday, April 20 at Nameless Field.


The Music and Arts Board and McIntire Department of Music presents Colloquium with Bang on a Can founding composer, Michael Gordon.

Michael Gordonʼs music merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power embodying, in the words of The New Yorkerʼs Alex Ross, “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.” Over the past 25 years, Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio. Transcending categorization, this music represents the collision of mysterious introspection and brutal directness.

Gordon discussed Decasia, a large-scale, single-movement, relentlessly monumental work about decay – the decay of melody, tuning, and classical music itself. Decasia retunes a giant amplified orchestra, with gripping strings, four detuned pianos, massive winds & brass. The piece was premiered by the Basel Sinfonietta in 2001, in a live, multi-media performance, which featured staging by Ridge Theater, and images by Bill Morrison created out of decaying found footage. The sounds and images of Decasia have gained a second life as a film, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance film festival. This film was be shown at the UVa Music Arts Board opening reception on Thursday 17 February from 6:30-8pm at Ruffin Hall.


The UVa Arts Board hosted a community-wide music ‘Marathon,’ a collision of musical styles and ideas that featured performers from UVa and the Charlottesville Community at large. We hosted a series of performers in 15-30 minute sets, to create a night of non-stop music.

The “Marathon” was inspired by Bang on a Can All-Stars, a group of contemporary musicians who stayed at the University from February 17th to the 20th for a residency hosted by the University of Virginia Arts Board. You can read more about Bang on a Can online at

The marathon project was hosted in conjunction with this residency. We sought diverse groups from both the University and surrounding Charlottesville community. Groups were be asked to give 15-30 minute performances. Groups from all backgrounds were encouraged to apply, as the aim of the “Marathon” was to start a dialogue between different musical segments of our community.


The artist in residency for the 2010-2011 University of Virginia Arts Board was the Bang On A Can All-Stars. Formed in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can All-Stars is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music. With an ear for the new, the unknown and the unconventional,

2008-2009 VISUAL ARTS (OCTOBER 2008 – APRIL 2009)

Mel Ziegler’s residency included several speaking engagements, classroom visits and an exhibition, titled Lessons Learned, in Ruffin Gallery in Spring of 2009. Ziegler has shown his works nationally and internationally. His current projects include a public art master plan for Lake Como Park in Fort Worth, Texas, and a major public art commission for the Art in Public Places Program, in Cambridge, Mass.


Fred Frith and Evelyn Glennie completed a week-long residency which included improvisation workshops, colloqium and two concert performances involving UVA musicians, both student and faculty.

2006-07 DRAMA (JANUARY 2007)

Pig Iron Theatre Company presented a week-long residency involving workshops, class visits, a film screening, and two company performances of Hell Meets Henry Halfway. Pig Iron held workshops of Mask, Melodrama, and Entrances & Exits with a showcase of the work students developed in the sessions.

2005-06 VISUAL ARTS (SPRING 2006)

The Arts Board presented works by artists with environmentally conscious visions. Printmaker and book artists Allyson Mellburg-Taylor explored various printing and bookmaking techniques that are non-toxic and environmentally sound, presenting these works across Grounds and providing workshops on these techniques. The Arts Board, UVa Art Museum and the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, the Bridge, and other community groups sponsored visiting artist Alberto Rey for his “Local Species” project. The project documented local fish and investigated the relation of eco-systems to local culture and conditions.

2004-05 MUSIC (MARCH 2005-APRIL 2005)

Meredith Monk on Grounds for a residency involving workshops in composition, voice and performance; a colloquium; and a performance with vocal ensemble. She is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance” and is involved in creating works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception.


Tim Rollins on Grounds for a residency involving Rollins/KOS (Kids of Survival) workshop facilitation training; on-going UVA student-led workshops throughout the community utilizing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights’ Dream; exhibitions in Fayerweather, Newcomb Gallery and UVA Art Museum; 5 public lectures; a Seminar Class on Public Art & Social Activism; a summer camp program; and Rollins creating a work of art representing the UVA works of spring and summer 2003.

2001-02 MUSIC (FEBRUARY 2002)

Bobby McFerrin on Grounds for a residency on vocal improvisation, conducting and composition. The residency featured a solo performance; Master classes; workshops, including one for a cappella group members; and a concert performance with students.

2000-01 DRAMA (JANUARY 2001)

The Second City on Grounds for a residency in improvisational theatre. The troupe provided a series of workshops, prepared two performances with UVA students and drama majors, and concluded the week with an improv/sketch comedy show.


Daniel Reeves presented his project “Origin”, a site specific installation comprised of 1,028 Amida Buddha statues, cast in plaster by UVA students, used as pixels or fragments of a mosaic to form a Japanese ideogram which means root, origin, or family lineage. (Spring Semester 2000) Agnes Denes created a poetry walk made from histories and stories of Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia. This piece was designed to commemorate the history and celebrate the future of the University as we moved on to the new millennium.

1998-99 MUSIC (FEBRUARY 1999)

JazzFest ’99 featured Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Oliver Lake and Steve Turre’s Sanctified Shells with Quartette Indigo in performances and workshops.

1997-98 DRAMA (FEBRUARY – MARCH 1998)

Bill Irwin presented a clowning residency in the tradition of physical comedy. He performed with UVA students and drama majors as well as holding workshops, lectures and interview/discussion sessions.

1996-97 VISUAL ARTS (MARCH 1997)

Italo Scanga created assemblage sculpture works in conjunction with the students of the University of Virginia.

1995-96 MUSIC (NOVEMBER 1995)

The Kronos Quartet, a San Francisco based modern string quartet, performed two concerts including Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera and P.Q. Phan’s “Tragedy at the Opera. During their weekend residency, they also held two open rehearsals and two discussion sessions.

1994-95 VISUAL ARTS (MARCH-MAY 1995)

Ellen Driscoll created “Passionate Attitudes”, an installation exhibited at the Medical School portico and library and the Fayerweather Gallery. Ms. Driscoll also exhibited her works: “From There on up to Here and Now” in the Alderman Library, “Loophole of Retreat” in the UVA Art Museum, and “Migration” at the Newcomb Hall Gallery.

1993-94 DRAMA (APRIL 1994)

During the Wonderfully Wacky Week of Whatnot and Whimsy, the clowns of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus – including internationally renowned David Larible – and clowns from around the United States performed their antics around Grounds.


Renditions of the architecture of renowned Russian architects Brodsky and Utkin was exhibited in the UVA Art Museum and the Newcomb Hall Gallery.

1991-92 MUSIC

The Jazz Festival included performances by jazz greats: Max Roach Quartet, Jackie McLean Quartet, Jack DeJohnette’s New Directions with Lester Bowie, Eddie Gomez, and John Abercrombie, and the Mingus Dynasty.

1990-91 DRAMA (APRIL 1991)

Bread and Puppet Theater, an avant-garde theater group, completed a week-long residency at the University which involved student volunteers in its outdoor dramatic performances.

1989-90 VISUAL ARTS (FALL 1989)

The UVA Art Museum hosted “Delights for the Senses”, a spectacular art exhibit of Dutch and Flemish still life paintings.

1988-89 MUSIC (MARCH 1989)

Isaac Stern, the world’s foremost violinist, performed two concerts at Old Cabell.