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In Rehearsal: Carmina Burana

October 16th, 2014

“Shout the movement.” Ballet Master Malcolm Burn is in the midst of yet another rehearsal for John Butler’s Carmina Burana. This afternoon, he’s running the work’s ‘Bacchanal’ section, and in so doing, he’s addressing the full company on matters of excess, temptation, and indulgence. Just another Wednesday afternoon these days. “There are no inhibitions, be a little free” he says. He’s very quick to demonstrate the choreography in this rehearsal, imparting the knowledge he learned directly from Butler himself. “You have to shout the movement.” He’s asking that the dancers…
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Carmina Burana Returns; SRB Celebrates 40 Years

October 2nd, 2014

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CARMINA BURANA RETURNS TO THE CARPENTER THEATRE WITH FULL SYMPHONY AND CHORUS Butler’s controversial spectacle will be staged alongside Balanchine’s Mozartiana and Winslett’s own Danse Macabre in celebration of 40 Years of The School of Richmond Ballet One of the most popular works from the Richmond Ballet repertory returns to the Carpenter Theatre this Halloween as Richmond Ballet presents John Butler’s impassioned masterwork, Carmina Burana, alongside George Balanchine’s Mozartiana and Stoner Winslett’s Danse Macabre, for the company’s second consecutive year of full-length repertory programs, October 31-November 2, 2014. Mozartiana and Danse Macabre will…
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In Rehearsal: ‘iNVERSION’ Has A Voice

September 3rd, 2014

“This is who I am.” The voice of dancer Thomas Ragland lingers as it comes through the sound system of the Gibson Studio on the 3rd floor of Richmond Ballet’s downtown building. Along with the soft buzz of the speakers, the only other sounds to fill the space are the syncopated breaths of the dancers, exaggerated for effect, as they move and the tug of their canvas ballet slippers against the Marley floor. The steps, done to a silent count, are rich and full, and cover the entire span of what will…
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VIDEO: Stoner Winslett Welcomes You to The 2014-15 Season

August 26th, 2014

A conversation with Stoner Winslett, Richmond Ballet Artistic Director, as she previews the 2014-15 season. Richmond Ballet’s 2014-15 season will feature the return of one of the most popular pieces from the Ballet’s repertory in Carmina Burana, John Butler’s impassioned masterwork, set to Carl Orff’s musical triumph of the same name, a special 40th anniversary celebration for The School of Richmond Ballet, as well as Nicolas Beriozoff’s Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, five world premiere works, George Balanchine’s elegant Liebeslieder Walzer and more!

Live Dance Documentary Combines Ballet with Video to Open the 2014-15 Season

August 20th, 2014

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Darrell Grand Moultrie to create a world premiere “live dance documentary” as spoken-word dancer interviews take center stage alongside Swipe Two contemporary ballets are set to open the 2014-15 season for Richmond Ballet, as Studio One features the world premiere of iNVERSION, a multimedia dance work from New York-based choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie and the return of Val Caniparoli’s highly successful Swipe, originally commissioned by Richmond Ballet in 2011. Mr. Moultrie, who was first invited to choreograph for Richmond Ballet during the 2013 New Works Festival, returns to Richmond with…
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