Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts is made up of groups of talented, creative, and remarkable people who come together to create art and present their passions in different forms. Whether it’s visual arts, music, dance or theatre, the possibilities for performance and creative examples are endless.
There were many events this year, such as art exhibits and dance and music performances that showcased NSU’s diverse talents.
“The Tempest” performed October 8 and 9 at the Black Box Theater. This production from one of Shakespeare’s plays was a compelling story about human nature in a world full of mystical creatures and moments. This was produced by the Department of Communications, Media and the Arts and directed by Alex Alvarez. This production is the first return to live theater at NSU since the spring 2020 pandemic.
Step 2: The ephemeral
“The Mayfly” premiered October 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theater. This theatrical production is the result of a 24-hour creative process by student writers, directors, actors and technicians. It was staged by Stage 2 Productions, a student-run theater company. This year’s theme was Gamefly, a concept using video games to produce valuable theatrical performances with the help of an entire crew and actors. the. the Mayfly was outstanding.
“Danceworks” was a versatile dance concert that took place on November 5–6 at 7:30 p.m., located in the Miniaci Performing Arts Center. This concert allowed the dancers to express themselves through the creative process of choreography. Dance majors and minors and Razors Edge Shark Talent students were all part of this production. Duets and group dances were held, showcasing different dance genres such as contemporary ballet, spoken word, modern dance, and power duet.
Peace: A Musical Celebration
Peace: A musical celebration took place on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the performance hall. The Peace Concert was a musical celebration that represented creativity and individuality. The theme and message of the concert was music that represents a better world and allows for tranquility and meaningful performances like solos and group numbers.
The Improv Jam was a show that took place on January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performance Theater. During Improv Jam, the actors performed scenes in front of a live audience. The catch was that there were no scripts and nothing was planned, which meant the actors created scenes off the top of their heads, often based on suggestions from the audience. It was a mad rush full of creative artists offering on-site content to showcase their theatrical abilities.
And the world turns
The production “And the World Turns” took place from February 11 to 13, at the Performance Theater. This show was an iconic and memorable take on classic compositions from the musicals of John Kander and Fred Ebb. Kander and Ebb are the artists responsible for creating musicals such as “Cabaret” and “Chicago.” The show was produced by the Department of Communications, Media and the Arts.
Showcase of songwriters
The Songwriter Showcase took place on April 7 at the Performance Theater. This production consisted of musicians presenting their composed music. There were solos and group performances full of talented and creative individuals, with a band playing music in the background to complement each singer’s voice.