"We are truly grateful for the support and encouragement Richmond Ballet has received this past season from our enthusiastic subscribers and audience members. The entire Company is so inspired by your passion for our work and we hope to see you again in the upcoming season, when we will present a fresh roster of provocative world premieres along with favorite repertory works and classic story ballets." —Stoner
Our 2017-18 Studio Series includes world premieres created by Ma Cong and Katarzyna Skarpetowska and our acclaimed New Works Festival, featuring four emerging choreographers who have never before worked with Richmond Ballet. For our productions at the Carpenter Theatre this season, TRIO returns to offer three strikingly different ballets, The Nutcracker again heralds the winter holidays, and romance beckons to young and old alike at The Sleeping Beauty.
Portrait of Billie (Butler/ Holiday)
A poised and elegant duet that depicts the pathos of famed blues singer Billie Holiday. Butler’s choreography brings her vividly to life in this portrayal of Billie’s public glory along with her private demons, culminating when her lover joins her and their passion ignites and leads to forsakenness, dissatisfaction, and rejection.
Tarantella (Balanchine/ Gottschalk, Kay)
The nimble quickness of Tarantella provides a virtuosic showcase. With the profusion of steps and the quick changes of direction, this brief but explosive pas de deux typifies the ways in which Balanchine expanded the traditional vocabulary of classical dance.
World Premiere by Ma Cong
The Chinese-born choreographer returns to set his fourth Company-commissioned work for our Studio Theatre audiences after the recent overwhelming success of his Lift The Fallen.
New Works Festival
Four choreographers who have never worked with Richmond Ballet before will be introduced to both dancers and audience in this Festival that vibrates with the dynamic energy of fresh creativity and artistic collaboration.
Gargoyles (Neal/ Liebermann)
Gargoyles takes a sensuous look into the charm and humor of these arresting architectural accents, immersing you in their whimsical world. Set to music by Liebermann, watch three couples twist and turn, creating the shapes and aura of these fantastical sculptures.
World Premiere by Katarzyna Skarpetowska
Back by popular demand, Kate’s latest Richmond Ballet commission will follow her mesmerizing Polaris, which was on the May 2017 New York program, and her arresting Scarred Bouquets, which premiered in March 2017.
For more information, call the Box Office, at 804.344.0906, ext. 224. For a full schedule listing, including specific performance dates and times, please click here.
Three Strikingly Different Ballets
With Richmond Symphony
Gloria (Spaight/ Vivaldi)
A beautiful dance interpretation of Vivaldi’s Gloria, last seen in Richmond in 1992. Spaight’s sensitive choreography invokes the passion, joy, and spirituality of this glorious music through a series of intricate ensembles, intimate duets, and exquisite solos.
Journey (Aiello/ Arnold)
Journey pays tribute to the strength, vitality, and physical virtuosity of the male dancer. Choreographed in 1979, Aiello’s ballet abstractly suggests travel by land, sea, and sky.
Silence (Patterson/ Pärt)
Silence, inspired by the music by Arvo Pärt, evokes a sense of space and timelessness. “…it is about finding peace within the stillness, the silence when we find ourselves alone in a quiet moment, in the dark of night, or on a walk with miles in front of us to conquer.” (Gina Patterson)
with Virginia Symphony Orchestra at Chrysler Hall
with Richmond Symphony
The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever with redesigned costumes, heavenly new scenery, and brand new characters— including an elegant Swan Sleigh—all added to the 2015 production of the Richmond Ballet holiday classic. The wonder and magic of the season are set to come alive once again with sugarplums, chocolates, marzipan, coffee and tea, a dancing bear, life-like dolls, and sparkling flowers. From a battle beneath the branches of a mystical Christmas tree, to a winter white forest, and then off to a far-off kingdom of delectable sweets, The Nutcracker has become a favorite tradition for Richmond audiences, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is sure to bring joy to everyone’s December.
The Sleeping Beauty
with Richmond Symphony
Choreographed by Marius Petipa and staged by Malcolm Burn with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this enchanting family-friendly ballet has something for everyone. A young girl, Aurora, pricks her finger on her 16th birthday after being cursed by the evil fairy, Carabosse, and appears doomed. The kind and good Fairy of the Lilacs uses her power to save the stricken girl and, instead of death, Aurora now will sleep for 100 years, only to be awakened by true love’s kiss. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Fairies, Nymphs, Puss ‘N Boots, and Bluebird, while treated to some of the most universally famous pieces of choreography including the Rose Adagio and the wedding’s final grand pas de deux.