Echoing Past (Winslett/Mendelssohn-Hensel)
New Work (Zendejas/Chants from The Choir of the Valaam Monastery)
March 15–20, 2016
Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre
407 E. Canal St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Stoner Winslett’s 1996 work Echoing Past takes its inspiration from the journey that is life. With lovely turn-of-the-century costumes – ladies don airy, feminine dresses while gentlemen sport ties and vests – Echoing Past follows a lead female dancer as she remembers important chapters in her past and draws strength from them to continue with the future, examining that which we can control, that which we cannot, and the strength that lies within our own selves. Set to the music of one of history’s rare but tremendously accomplished female composers, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Das Jahr (The Year) is the musical travel diary of a trip across Europe, with movements representing different months of the year; Ms. Winslett selected “June,” “November,” “December” and the postlude for her ninth original creation for Richmond Ballet.
First introduced to Richmond Ballet audiences through the 2014 New Works Festival, Mexican-born choreographer Edgar Zendejas returns to Richmond to set a fully-produced, new work this March. Known for his earthy, contemporary style and his love for flowing movement, Mr. Zendejas’ world premiere ballet is inspired by the strength of women and, with a heartbeat all its own, this new work is sure to be forged with an undeniable sense of cool.
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)