World Premiere | Swipe
Studio One sees a world premiere from one of America’s most sought-after contemporary choreographers, Darrell Grand Moultrie, along with the return of Val Caniparoli’s popular Swipe, commissioned by Richmond Ballet in 2011.
A Juilliard graduate, Moultrie has choreographed for theater, ballet, and modern dance companies, and has become a leader in the commercial dance genre. Moultrie, who set a dynamic piece for the 2013 New Works Festival, brings his high-octane energy back to our Studio Theatre for a fully-produced, new work inspired by the lives of professional dancers. Weaving filmed interviews with company dancers into his plans for choreography and lighting, Moultrie’s dancer stories come to life in this 21st century ballet that embraces technology and cutting-edge design.
Caniparoli’s Swipe, complete with intricate choreography that pulls from the world of hip-hop as well as classical dance, returns to Richmond with its trademark causal cool. With the music of dueling violins – a mash-up of the classical and electronic music traditions – Swipe is a piece that pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance.