ROCK HILL, S.C. - Recent M.F.A. graduate Jon Prichard of Chapel Hill, N.C., will present "Micro-Cosmo," a one-night-only, multidisciplinary performance combining visual art with dance, theatre, poetry and more, Jan. 14 at Columbia's 701 Center for Contemporary Art.
Prichard's piece presents a fictitious, celestial society that expresses the human need for active, community-centered ceremony and ritual. Prichard will lead a dozen Winthrop fine arts students and Charlotte, N.C.-based performers in depicting an asteroid belt, meteor shower, sun, moon, planets, a comet and gatekeeper. The performance represents a constellation that connects the dots between disciplines and categories, drawing lines between art, dance, theater, poetry and music. Prichard uses common, present-day materials like grocery bags, colored duct tape, tin foil, scrap metal and recycled lumber to reference the art of ancient societies.
Prichard and his troupe created a more limited version of the performance in October 2010 at the indoor arcade on Columbia’s Main Street. That performance was part of the 2010 S.C. Art Education Association conference. A second performance took place Dec. 19, 2010, in Rock Hill. Prichard noted that he is "very interested in how these performances evolve when they are placed in a different setting."
In addition to Prichard, "Micro-Cosmo" will feature Lino Azevedo, Lee Lockard, Thomas Whichard, John Williams, Nadia Blackmon, Sarah Gregory, Erica Hoelper, Rebecca Jane Hooper, Sarah Scherini, David Ingram, Brittney Prichard, Gretchen Jax, Jacki McCarthy and Winthrop fine arts faculty member Paul Martyka.
Tickets for the Jan. 14 performance are $10 for the general public; $8 for 701 CCA members; and $5 for students. Performance begins at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m.
701 CCA is located at the second floor of 701 Whaley St., Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wednesday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit 701 CCA's website.