February 22, 2013
Richmond Ballet Offers Mix of Old and New March 13
Charlottesville, VA - Richmond Ballet, the State Ballet of Virginia, returns to Piedmont Virginia Community College Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building. The program of four dances from the company's repertoire showcases both classical and contemporary ballet. Reserved seating tickets are $20 adults and $15 students/seniors.
This marks Richmond Ballet's 15th year as part of PVCC's Fine Arts and Performance season. The following dances will be performed:
- Gargoyles is a new, commissioned work by School of Richmond Ballet alumnus and former New York City Ballet star Philip Neal. The world premiere of Gargoyles was performed by Richmond Ballet in September 2012.
- Solo in Nine Parts, choreographed by Jessica Lang, features traditional, lively music by Antonio Vivaldi. Lang's choreography closely echoes the movement of Vivaldi's music, with moments of solo music and dance followed by involvement of the entire ensemble. Solo in Nine Parts highlights the company's ability to work as a team, as well as excel in solo movements.
- Black Swan Pas de Deux is from Swan Lake, Marius Petipa's famous ballet. It is the embodiment of pure, classical ballet and is a stunning showcase for the virtuosity that marks a ballet dancer. The piece provides exciting bravura dancing for the men, impeccable virtuosity for the women and pushes the dancers and the audience to explore the characters.
- Streets and Legends, originally commissioned by Richmond Ballet, has garnered critical acclaim since its premiere and been added to the repertory of several major dance companies. Choreographer Colin Connor uses traditional Scottish fiddle and bagpipe music by Alasdair Fraser as well as the contemporary fiddle sound of Ashley MacIssac to explore traditional heritage and contemporary ideas in this rousing work. The ballet focuses on the ways in which the past influences the present.
The performance is underwritten by Charlottesville Newsplex and CenturyLink with additional support from the Watterson Foundation and made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets are available by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 and charging them to a VISA or MasterCard, or by purchasing them at Sidetracks, Greenberry's Coffee, University of Virginia Arts Box Office and the PVCC Cashier's Office during normal business hours. Tickets can also be purchased at the PVCC Box Office window within two hours before the performance.
The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free parking is located in front of the building.