Richmond Ballet News

RICHMOND BALLET ANNOUNCES 35th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

June 5th, 2018

Richmond, VA – Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2018-19 season, marking the 35th anniversary of the professional company. The season will begin in September with a gala performance and will continue with an array of productions featuring a fresh roster of captivating world premieres along with favorite repertory works and classic story ballets, including a Richmond favorite, Cinderella.
The season kicks off with an Anniversary Celebration that brings Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka, favorite moments from 35 years of Company repertory to commemorate the occasion, and George Balanchine’s Who Cares? to the Dominion Energy Center stage. Richmond Ballet is proud to join other companies nationwide in honoring the 100th birthday of renowned ballet and Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins by presenting two of his iconic works: Circus Polka, featuring children from the School of Richmond Ballet for the 35th Anniversary Celebration season opener, and In the Night that will be performed during the Ballet’s Studio One production.
Through its Studio Series, Richmond Ballet is proud to introduce a rising generation of choreographers to audiences with works by Nicole Haskins, Tom Mattingly, and Rex Wheeler, all of whom are former participants in New Works Festivals hosted by Richmond Ballet. Accompanying these pieces will be classics such as The Moor’s Pavane by José Limón and Summerset by Ron Cunningham. Kennedy Center Honoree Carmen de Lavallade, who was in Richmond last season for Portrait of Billie, returns to set her own work, Sweet Bitter Love, on the Company.
The holiday classic, The Nutcracker, returns to Norfolk and Richmond to enchant audiences with all of its splendor and magic, and Cinderella will grace the Dominion Energy Center stage over the Valentine’s Day weekend to remind audiences that dreams can come true.
“As we introduce our 35th anniversary season, I am thrilled to present a series of works that truly embody the vision, mission, and philosophy of the Company. From our time as a civic student company through today, I have strived to cultivate a repertoire that promotes, preserves, and continues the evolution of the art form of ballet,” said Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett. “Our 2018-19 season showcases brilliant examples of works of enduring value such as The Moor’s Pavane, In the Night, and Who Cares?, while also fostering the future by premiering newly commissioned work from an exciting, rising group of young choreographers. Our 35th anniversary season honors the past, pays tribute to the current, and toasts to the future of the organization, and I invite Richmond audiences to celebrate with us.”
2018 – 2019 SEASON
35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION with Richmond Symphony
September 28-29, 2018
Circus Polka (Robbins/Stravinsky)
Who Cares? (Balanchine/Gershwin arr. Kay)
plus highlights from the past 34 seasons
STUDIO ONE
November 6-11, 2018
In the Night (Robbins/Chopin)
World Premiere by Nicole Haskins
THE NUTCRACKER
Norfolk: December 7-9, 2018
with Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Richmond: December 14-23, 2018
with Richmond Symphony
(Winslett/Tchaikovsky)
CINDERELLA with Richmond Symphony
February 14-17, 2019
(Burn/Prokofiev)
STUDIO TWO
March 26-31, 2019
Figure in the Distance (Mattingly/Glass)
The Moor’s Pavane (Limón/Purcell)
STUDIO THREE
May 7-12, 2019
Summerset (Cunningham/Elgar)
Sweet Bitter Love (de Lavallade/Flack and Hathaway)
World Premiere by Rex Wheeler
Season subscriptions are now available by calling the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 804.344.0906 ext. 224. Individual tickets will go on sale in August. Visit richmondballet.com/newseason for more information.

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