Join Richmond Ballet at Dogwood Dell for a Free Performance
May 26th, 2016
Richmond Ballet Kicks off Dogwood Dell’s 60th Anniversary Celebration with Two Nights Featuring
The Professional Company, The School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion
The Dell Main Stage, Dogwood Dell
Byrd Park, 600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Friday, June 3 at 8:30pm & Saturday, June 4 at 8:30pm
(The same program will be performed both evenings)
Performances are free and open to the public
Members of Richmond Ballet’s professional company are set to perform ‘Windows II’ from Stoner Winslett’s signature full-length work, Windows, alongside a Richmond favorite – and now an international favorite – Val Caniparoli’s Swipe at the opening of Dogwood Dell’s 60th Anniversary Celebration this June. Kicking off the night’s festivities will be a performing group of students from the organization’s outreach program Minds In Motion, Team XXL and students from The School of Richmond Ballet. Through Team XXL’s fun and energetic Monarch Dance from this season’s culminating performance, Ecology in Motion, students celebrate the natural world here in Richmond. Following Team XXL, students from The School of Richmond Ballet (SRB) will take the stage to perform selections from Stoner Winslett’s production of The Enchanted Toy Shop – including the delightful and magical “Dance of The Fairies” and the beautiful “Ballerina Dolls” variation. SRB students will also show off their theater dance talents, with a suite from the jazzy musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Swipe has long been a favorite with Richmond audiences, and since its commission in 2011, the 20 minute ballet has landed on the Company’s acclaimed touring programs to London, England and China. A contemporary piece cloaked in a dark chrome color scheme, Swipe is a syncopated mash-up of classical ballet and hip-hop dance. With Gabriel Prokofiev’s score comprised of dueling techno-remixes of string quartets, Swipe’s metallic, hollow music matches the athleticism and power demanded by the ballet’s challenging choreography. The work bears the hallmarks of Mr. Caniparoli’s choreographic style, with its touch of silky grace and its angular pulse. Feather-light, travelling balletic steps mix with grounded hip-hop footwork while asymmetrical leaps mix with staccato, spring-like jumps to create a unique choreographic rhythm.
‘Windows II,’ known as the ‘Rachmaninoff Rhapsody’ from Stoner Winslett’s full-length Windows presents a glimpse into the ballet world’s most classical technique and style. With ladies outfitted in tutus and pointe shoes, ‘Windows II’ takes viewers into the Russian imperial court that set the tone for one of the artform’s most formative eras. Set to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s beloved variations on Paganini’s well-known 24th Caprice for Violin, ‘Windows II’ is a dazzling display of sparkling, technical feats and virtuosic dancing.
To learn more about Dogwood Dell’s 60th Anniversary season and the Festival of Arts, please visit the City’s website.
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