Join Court Square Theater for an evening of art and dance on February 6. The night begins at 6pm with a catered art show featuring the abstract paintings of Susan Zurbrigg, an associate professor of art at James Madison University, dovetailing into a command performance by modern dance company Jane Franklin Dance at 7:30. Tickets are available in advance by calling (540) 433-9189 x 2 or visiting www.courtsquaretheater.com. Benefit tickets are $30 and include hors d’oeuvres from Cally’s Restaurant & Brewery and truffles by Warfels Sweet Shoppe.
After the benefit, Zurbrigg’s work will be on display in the Darrin-McHone Gallery at the Smith House until February 26.
Zurbrigg’s paintings stretch to 6 ½ by 5 feet, encompassing the physical body in the created body of work. In these pieces, she seeks to “redress the pejorative and dismissive connotations associated with the ‘decorative’.” By mixing painterly strokes with gilded and sequined adornment, she combines what is traditionally considered “high art” with “low art.” She describes her work as a suggestive nod to the Pattern and Decoration Movement, a reaction to Minimalism that incorporated pattern, decorative motifs and materials such as lace, fabric, wallpaper and carpet into full pieces of art.
Jane Franklin Dance based outside of Arlington blends theater, dance and humor to connect performer and audience. The goal of the studio is to bridge the gap between age, culture and even language to unite people through movement. Whether on stage, outdoors, in the classroom, rehearsal room, or at a neighborhood gathering, Jane Franklin Dance shares collective experience through dance. The February visit marks the first time since 2007 that the company has performed in Harrisonburg, with past visits to Court Square Theater and JMU’s New Dance Festival.