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Richmond Ballet The 2016–2017 Season


From street artists painting on the sides of century-old buildings to a world class ballet company performing contemporary and classic pieces, Richmond offers an art scene like no other. Explore it all.


Studio Three April 4 – 9

Studio One September 20 – 25

Studio Two March 14 – 19

Trio November 4 – 6

The Nutcracker December 10 – 23

A Midsummer Night’s Dream February 10 – 12


Studio One World Premiere by Melissa Barak The Moor’s Pavane Limón / Purcell September 20 – 25, 2016 Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre

Known to audiences through Eos Chasma, the brooding ballet she created for the 2014 New Works Festival, Melissa Barak will begin work on a new, neo-classical ballet exploring dynamic partnering and choreographic patterns. Next, José Limón’s masterpiece, The Moor’s Pavane, is a deep and passionate work that draws its inspiration from William Shakespeare’s, Othello. This piece conveys a sense of grandeur and reverence, heightened by Henry Purcell’s Baroque-era composition that threads the storyline together, and places it in time.

Street Artist : Jacopo, 2501.org.uk Location : 11 South 18th Street Dancers : Valerie Tellmann-Henning and Kirk Henning


Trio Three Strikingly Different Ballets: With Richmond Symphony ‘The Kingdom of Shades’ from La Bayadère Petipa / Minkus Lift The Fallen Cong / Richter Slaughter On Tenth Avenue Balanchine/Rodgers & Kay November 4 – 6, 2016 Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center

‘The Kingdom of the Shades,’ from the lavish, full-length ballet La Bayadère, is one of the most iconic scenes in the classical ballet world. Set within an exotic and spiritual realm, it features 24 dancers who step and breathe as one, as if in a ghostly procession. Then, Ma Cong’s stunning tribute to his mother, Lift The Fallen, which sings of souls that are broken, mended and ultimately, uplifted, will be presented with live orchestration for the first time after thrilling audiences across China. George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, a sultry, boozy tale of jealousy, mobsters and the seamy underbelly of New York City, comes to Richmond for the first time to close the show.

Street Artist : Ham, whosham.com Location : 3096 Meadowbridge Road Dancer : Elena Bello


The Nutcracker Winslett / Tchaikovsky With Richmond Symphony December 10 – 23, 2016 Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center

The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever with redesigned costumes, heavenly new scenery, and brand new characters that include an elegant Swan Sleigh, all added during the 2015 production of the Richmond Ballet holiday classic. The wonder and magic of the season are set to come alive once again with sugar plums, sparkling flowers, a much-loved dancing bear, and more! The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition for Richmond audiences, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is sure to complete every December.

Tree Rendering : Charles Caldwell Dancers : (left to right) Peter Elverson and Anthony Oates


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Soleau / Mendelssohn With Richmond Symphony February 10 – 12, 2017 Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center

William Soleau’s delightful telling of Shakespeare’s popular tale of love, both lost and found, sprinkled with a clever brand of mischief, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a unique collaboration between the Ballet, the Symphony, singers, and narrators. Audiences embark on a journey through the mystical, woodland court of Tatiana and Oberon and the sumptuous and regal palaces of ancient Greece as four sets of lovers become intertwined through a series of comical events and tricks set about by the infamous sprite, Puck.

Street Artist : Meggs, houseofmeggs.com Location : 2 North Meadow Street Dancer : Cody Beaton


Studio Two World Premiere by Katarzyna Skarpetowska A Tribute (To Marcel Marceau And Bip) Burn / Drigo March 14 – 19, 2017 Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre

Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s contemporary style combines ballet and modern dance to create movements that are wonderfully original and organic in nature, making her one of the world’s most highly sought-after artists. In returning to Richmond Ballet, Skarpetowska’s attention to the craft of choreography combined with her seamless movement style are certain to create another work that will leave our audiences amazed. Also returning to Richmond, is Malcolm Burn’s delightful tribute to legendary mime Marcel Marceau which began as a short piece for the 2008 New Works Festival. Set to the music of Ricardo Drigo, Burn’s studied and layered classical choreography takes on a comedic tone in A Tribute, a light-hearted work for five dancers.

Street Artist : Lelo, leloart.com Location : 414 West Broad Street Dancers : (left to right) Marty Davis and Trevor Davis


Studio Three World Premiere by Matthew Frain Tarantella Balanchine / Gottschalk Notturno Aiello / Schubert April 4 – 9, 2017 Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre

Company dancer Matthew Frain shows off his choreographic talents with a fully-produced new ballet, that will be paired with a dazzling display of technical skill, explosive jumps and furious footwork in George Balanchine’s short, but wonderfully virtuosic Tarantella presented for the first time ever on the Richmond Ballet stage. Also taking the stage, Salvatore Aiello’s 1988 sensuous quartet for two couples, Notturno, which features live music and languid movements that create daring shapes with the human form.

Street Artist : Dennis McNett, wolfbat.com Location : 1 Manchester Road Dancer : Ira White


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Richmond Ballet looks to the community to sustain and grow our programming comprised of a talented company of professional dancers, transformative outreach initiatives, and an engaging and rigorous school. Quite simply, none of our programs are possible without friends who give each year to keep us dancing. Ticket purchases cover approximately 30% of our annual costs, so we depend on charitable contributions to help close the gap. Your support as a patron and a donor is vital to our continued success. There are many ways to show your support for Richmond Ballet: Contribute to Our Annual Fund

Secure the quality of our productions and the impact of our outreach programs

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Help Our Outreach

Make it possible for a child, a fourthgrade class, or a school to participate in the Minds In Motion program

Make a Tribute Gift

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Honor a family member, friend, or colleague on a special occasion

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Allow a student to grow as a dancer at The School of Richmond Ballet

Double, or even triple, the value of your gift with a matching gift through your employer (contact your HR department for it’s matching gift policy) Plan an Ongoing Gift

Create a legacy and ensure Richmond Ballet’s future through your will or other estate plans

Ways to Give:

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Sponsor the creation or refurbishment of costumes, sets, or other production elements for a performance Fund a Scholarship

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richmondballet.com/support/donate Call

Contact Jennifer Whiteside, Annual Fund Manager at (804) 344 0906, ext. 247

Mail

Richmond Ballet Attn: Development 407 East Canal Street Richmond, Virginia 23219

Multiple ticket options: Season Subscriber: Be the first to choose from the best seats, get exclusive event invites and more.

Flex Plan: Create your own subscription of three or more shows! It’s what you want to see and when.

Single Tickets: Starting at $20! Don’t miss your chance to reserve even your Nutcracker tickets!

Richmond Ballet warmly thanks the following institutions for their outstanding support: THE 2016 – 2017 STUDIO SERIES IS SPONSORED BY:

Buy tickets online at: richmondballet.com/tickets Also by phone at (804) 344 0906 x 224 or at our Box Office 407 East Canal St (M-F 10am–5pm until 8/12, then M-F 11am–6pm). Season and flex plan tickets are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale 8/15.

THE NUTCRACKER IS SPONSORED BY:

WITH ADDITIONAL MAJOR SUPPORT FROM THE RICHARD S. REYNOLDS FOUNDATION. LIVE ORCHESTRATION AT DOMINION ARTS CENTER’S CARPENTER THEATRE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM THE E. RHODES AND LEONA B. CARPENTER FOUNDATION.

RICHMOND BALLET CHOREOGRAPHERS’ FUND

New York City Tour Preview May 2 – 5, 2017

ARTS AND CULTURAL FUNDING CONSORTIUM (CITY OF RICHMOND, HANOVER COUNTY AND HENRICO COUNTY)

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OFFICIAL HOTEL:

See Ma Cong’s Lift The Fallen and Val Caniparoli’s Swipe, along with other Richmond Ballet favorites, before the Company travels to NYC. This is a separately ticketed event. 1

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DESIGN : KARNES COFFEY DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTO ILLUSTRATION : ALICEBLUE COVER DANCER: MARTY DAVIS

SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE & TARENTELLA: © THE GEORGE BALANCHINE TRUST THE MOOR’S PAVANE: © THE JOSÉ LIMÓN FOUNDATION, INC.

2016-17 Season Brochure  

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