Stoner Winslett

"Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support of the Richmond Ballet this past season. It is for you, our wonderful subscribers and audiences, that we do what we do. We hope you will join us again next year at our Studio Theatre and at the Carpenter Theatre for another standout season, full of new works and beloved classics." —Stoner

This year, we are excited to welcome three choreographers who we met through our New Works Festival back to our Studio Theatre to set fully-produced world premieres, including our very own Matthew Frain.

Studio Theatre

Studio One

September 20 – 25, 2016
Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre

A World Premiere by Melissa Barak (Barak/TBA)

Fresh from completing a choreographic fellowship at New York University’s elite Center for Ballet and Arts, Melissa Barak returns to Richmond this coming season. Known to Studio Theatre audiences through Eos Chasma, an otherworldly, brooding ballet she created for the 2014 New Works Festival, this fall, Barak will begin work on a brand new, neo-classical ballet that explores dynamic partnering and choreographic patterns. While a dancer with the New York City Ballet, Barak became the youngest commissioned choreographer in the company’s distinguished history and, in her second work for Richmond Ballet, she seeks to collaborate with our versatile and highly-skilled dancers to create a distinct and striking new creation.

The Moor’s Pavane
(Limón/Purcell)

José Limón’s undisputed masterpiece, The Moor’s Pavane, is a deep and passionate work that draws its inspiration from one of William Shakespeare’s darkest plays, Othello. Limon brilliantly translated Shakespeare’s tale of betrayal into elegant and picturesque choreography, as the dancers, cloaked in rich, Renaissance robes and gowns, give life to smoldering and dangerous desires. Though only four dancers occupy the stage, The Moor’s Pavane carries with it a sense of grandeur and reverence, a sense heightened by Henry Purcell’s Baroque-era composition that threads the storyline together, and places it in time.

Studio Theatre

Studio Two

March 14 – 19, 2017
Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre

A World Premiere by Katarzyna Skarpetowska (Skarpetowska/TBA)

Recently named one of Dance Magazine’s ’25 To Watch’ in 2016, Katarzyna Skarpetowska left Richmond audiences in awe with her work, Polaris, a cosmically-infused ballet that premiered as part of our 2015 New Works Festival. A well-travelled, New York-based choreographer, Skarpetowska’s contemporary style combines ballet and modern dance to create movements that are wonderfully original and organic in nature. Her choreography for the Parsons Dance Company recently graced the stage of the legendary Joyce Theater, and now, with a new, full-length project in Russia with Lar Lubavitch in the works, Skarpetowska has become one of the dance world’s highly sought-after artists. In returning to Richmond Ballet, Skarpetowska’s attention to the craft of choreography combined with her seamless movement style are certain to create another work that will leave our audiences amazed.

A Tribute (To Marcel Marceau and Bip) (Burn/Drigo)

Malcolm Burn’s delightfully darling tribute to legendary mime Marcel Marceau began as a short piece for the New Works Festival which was later fully-produced due to its popularity. This season, this charming ballet returns to honor Marceau and his many faces. Set to the music of Ricardo Drigo, Burn’s always studied and layered classical choreography takes on a comedic tone in Tribute, this light-hearted work for five dancers.

Studio Theatre

Studio Three

April 4 – 9, 2017
Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre

A World Premiere by Matthew Frain (Frain/TBA)

Richmond Ballet Company dancer Matthew Frain sent waves through the Richmond community when he partnered with D. Randall Blythe for his New Works Festival piece, Inventory, in 2015. This season, he’ll continue to show off his talent as a choreographer with a fully-produced new ballet to help close the 2016-17 season. With his own, unique contemporary style, Frain will once again use his insight as a Company member to play to his fellow dancers’ strengths and skills, combining for a work that is bound to create buzz.

Tarantella
(Balanchine/ Gottschalk)

A dazzling display of technical skill, explosive jumps and furious footwork, George Balanchine’s short, but wonderfully virtuosic Tarantella will be presented for the first time on the Richmond Ballet stage this season. Inspired by traditional Italian folk dances, Mr. Balanchine’s 1964 pas de deux is as thrilling to watch as it is challenging to dance; the dancers are in constant rhythmic motion, working together at daring speeds to the music of New Orleans-born composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. His composition, ‘Grand Tarentelle for Piano and Orchestra’ (1866), was a particular favorite of Mr. Balanchine’s, who was drawn to what he called the music’s “high spirits.” Complete with charming costumes, Tarantella is a true crowd-pleaser that celebrates the sheer athleticism and power of ballet.

Notturno
(Aiello/Schubert)

Newly acquired from the varied repertory of choreographer Salvatore Aiello – who has been praised by Richmond audiences for his powerful rendition of The Rite of Spring – Notturno uses languid movements of push and pull, and of ebb and flow for this sensuous quartet for two couples. Set to Franz Schubert’s little-known, but romantic ‘Notturno in E-Flat Major for Piano, Violin and Violincello,’ played live on stage, this contemporary work creates both elegant and daring shapes with the human form, accentuated by the minimal, flesh-tone costuming.

Carpenter Theatre

Trio

Three Strikingly Different Ballets
With Richmond Symphony

November 4 – 6, 2016

‘Kingdom of the Shades’ from La Bayadère (Petipa/Minkus)

For the first time in its professional history, this fall, Richmond Ballet will present one of the most iconic scenes in the world of classical ballet, Marius Petipa’s mesmerizing ‘Kingdom of the Shades’ from the lavish, full-length ballet, La Bayadère. Excerpted from a tale of love and betrayal, and set within an exotic, spiritual world, cloaked in the cold hue of night, ‘Kingdom of the Shades’ features 24 dancers who step and breathe as one – a ghostly procession of ballerinas in shimmering white and diaphanous veils. With the rise and fall of their extensions, the Shades, or spirits, cast a hypnotic spell over audiences as the haunting music of Ludwig Minkus keeps time. Offering an opportunity for our corps de ballet to shine, the dancers must create pristine patterns in perfect unison, a test of stability and technique that has endured the through the ages. With a stage bathed in crystalline whites and deep blues, the Shades suddenly part, like curtains, and reveal the story of two lovers who dance a romantic pas de deux in the gleam of the moonlight – a technical challenge and a visual treat for audiences – while individual Shades perform elegant variations, all brilliant showcases of the pure, classical style for which Petipa was known.

Lift The Fallen
(Cong/Richter)

Ma Cong’s Lift The Fallen, a stunning tribute to his mother, will be presented for the first time with live orchestration at the Carpenter Theatre this year after thrilling audiences across China during the Company’s 2015 tour. With the heartfelt music of Max Richter, Lift The Fallen sings of souls that are broken, mended and ultimately, uplifted.

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Balanchine/Rodgers & Hart)

Also gracing the Richmond Ballet stage for the first time, George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a sultry, boozy tale of jealousy, mobsters and the seamy underbelly of New York City. Originally created by George Balanchine for the Rodgers and Hart musical On Your Toes in 1936, the ballet brings two stories to life, as on-stage and off-stage drama collide in an explosion of jazz, tap, Broadway and ballet.

Carpenter Theatre

The Nutcracker

(Winslett/Tchaikovsky)
With Richmond Symphony

December 10 – 23, 2016

The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever with redesigned costumes, heavenly new scenery, and brand new characters that include an elegant Swan Sleigh, all added during the 2015 production of the Richmond Ballet holiday classic. The wonder and magic of the season are set to come alive once again with sugar plums, 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 on to a far-off kingdom of delectable sweets, The Nutcracker has become a favorite holiday tradition for Richmond audiences, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is sure to complete every December.

Carpenter Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(Soleau/Mendelssohn)
With Richmond Symphony

February 10 – 12, 2017

William Soleau’s delightful telling of Shakespeare’s popular tale of love, both lost and found, sprinkled with a clever brand of mischief, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, returns this coming season to warm up the wintery month of February. Last presented in 2008, this unique collaboration between the Ballet, the Symphony, singers, and narrators, takes audiences on a journey through the mystical, woodland court of Tatiana and Oberon and the sumptuous and regal palaces of ancient Greece as the adventures of four sets of lovers become intertwined through a series of comical events and tricks set about by the infamous sprite, Puck. Soleau’s classic and playful choreography will be brought to life as the entire Richmond Ballet Company joins together on the Carpenter Theatre’s historic stage. Paired with Felix Mendelssohn’s sparkling score, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a treat for all ages.

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. Season Ticket packages now on sale!