Echoing Past (Winslett/Mendelssohn-Hensel)
New Work (Barak/TBA)
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.
Following the success of her 2014 New Works Festival piece Eos Chasma, Melissa Barak is set to create a striking, new ballet for the Company this season. While a member of the New York City Ballet, Ms. Barak became the youngest commissioned choreographer in NYCB’s distinguished history, and now, she returns to Richmond to articulate a new, neo-classical vision for a work that explores dynamic partnering and choreographic patterns. With unrestricted access to the great versatility of the Richmond Ballet dancers, Ms. Barak plans to use the open and engaging studios at Richmond Ballet as a laboratory for innovative creation and collaboration.
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