The Rite of Spring (Aiello/Stravinsky)
City Life (Annear/Reich)
April 12–17, 2016
Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre
407 E. Canal St.
Richmond, VA 23219
With its pounding and electrifying score, and controversial storyline, The Rite of Spring – the ground-breaking collaboration between Vaslav Nijinsky and Igor Stravinsky – provoked riots in Paris when it originally premiered in 1913, shocking audiences with its modern atheistic, chilling finale and trembling sound, yet it would forever alter the course of music and dance history. Inspired by ancient Russian folklore, The Rite of Spring is a work of both dance and music that reckons with pagan cycles of renewal, tinged with sacrifice.
Salvatore Aiello’s earthy and primal rendering of the infamous ballet retains the essence of the original while inspiring utter abandon and release among the dancers who are transformed through the sound of Stravinsky’s rhythms and musical moods. After successes on the main stages of the Virginia Arts Festival and Carpenter Theatre in 2013, Richmond Ballet’s intimate Studio Theatre environment will inspire a new reading of the masterwork and its ritual, performed at the altar of re-birth. The Rite of Spring will be performed in honor of Lauren Fagone, one of Richmond Ballet’s most interesting, exotic and beloved dancers, who will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
Richmond Ballet is proud to continue its collaboration with The Royal Ballet School, welcoming Mark Annear, Head of Outreach and Access, to create a world premiere work for the Company’s dancers this April. Having choreographed extensively on The Australian Ballet and its school in his home country, Mr. Annear’s new work takes its inspiration from the fast-paced energy of life in a big city. Angular movements, themselves derived from urban architectural forms and shapes, blend with a sleek, monochrome palette and Reich’s everyday sounds to craft a thoroughly modern landscape that comes awake through dance. READ MORE ABOUT STUDIO THREE.
The 2015-16 Studio Series is presented by
Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts
and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Richmond Ballet also receives support from the Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium
(City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County)