Celebrate WV Wednesdays with two screenings of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Andre Van Damme & the Story of the Charleston Ballet”!

October 2 & 9, 2019 7 PM
Adult: $9 Student: $5
Tickets will be available online and at the door

Produced by Witek & Novak, Inc. and directed by Deborah Novak, this hour-long program chronicles the life of Andre Van Damme, founder of the Charleston Ballet, one of America’s oldest dance companies. The film gives viewers an intimate look at Andre Van Damme’s life in Belgium, where he was a Premier Danseur Etoile (First Star Dancer) with the Brussels Royal Opera. It focuses on his experiences during World War II, when he joined the Belgian Resistance to the Nazi Occupation, and recounts his journey to Charleston, where he founded the Charleston Ballet in 1956.

The film was recently honored in Brussels, Belgium where it received “Best Director of a Short Feature Documentary” at the West Europe International Film Festival. The documentary has also received a Regional Emmy, the Special Jury Remi Award at the 52nd annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Classical Arts Film Festival in Napa, CA, along with numerous film festival screenings and airings on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

DVDs of the documentary, with additional bonus features about Andre Van Damme, may be purchased at the screenings or by visiting http://www.thecharlestonballet.com/Documentary