Studio One

Studio One

A World Premiere by Melissa Barak
The Moor’s Pavane (Limón/Purcell)

September 20-25, 2016

Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre
407 E. Canal St.
Richmond, VA 23219

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.


The 2016-17 Studio Series is presented by

Studio One is also generously supported by

Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts
and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Richmond Ballet also receives support from the Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium
(City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County)


Dancers: Valerie Tellmann-Henning and Kirk Henning
Mural by Jacopo.


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