Charlottesville, VA - Richmond Ballet, the State Ballet of Virginia, returns to Piedmont Virginia Community College Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. on the V. Earl Dickinson Main Stage with a program of four dances from its repertoire: La Belle Danse, Pas Glazunov, Runaway Horses and Swipe. Reserved seating tickets are $20 adults and $15 students/seniors.
This marks Richmond Ballet's 14th year as part of PVCC's Fine Arts and Performance season. The performance is generously underwritten by Charlottesville Newsplex and CenturyLink with additional support from the Watterson Foundation.
The following dances will be performed at PVCC:
- La Belle Danse, choreography by Jessica Lang
Music by Handel, Desprez, Mozart, and Corelli. Danced to Renaissance and Baroque music by Handel, Desprez, Mozart, and Corelli, La Belle Danse features movement that joyfully plays with the dance style of those eras. The piece, very reverent at times, creates lovely marriage between the music and the movement Lang created, all beautifully staged.
- Pas Glazunov, choreography by Malcolm Burn
Choreographed by Richmond Ballet Artistic Associate and Ballet Master Malcolm Burn, Pas Glazunov is a classical pas de deux filled with pure, clean movement. The lovely duet is marked by beautiful lifts, romantic partnering, and the playful, yet endearing moments that are part of Burn's signature.
- Runaway Horses, choreography by Chris Burnside
This modern piece created by Richmonder Chris Burnside uses a mere five dancers to fill the stage with motion and features sweeping movements energetically danced to stunning Philip Glass music, Runaway Horses is an exuberant whirlwind to behold.
- Swipe, choreography by Val Caniparoli
San-Francisco-based choreographer Caniparoli returned to Richmond in the spring of 2011 to create his fifth piece for the company. The highly physical, athletic movement created for Swipe weaves perfectly to electronic remixes of string quartets by Gabriel Prokifiev. This compelling work provides an opportunity for beautiful contemporary dancing and unique interpretations, while requiring solid classical technique. Swipe celebrates the marriage of old and new styles in the music and the movement in a fun and playful way.
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 Plan 9 Music, Sidetracks or the University of Virginia Arts Box Office at 109 Culbreth Road in Charlottesville. Tickets can also be purchased at the PVCC Box Office window 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.
This performance is made possible through special funding by the U.S. Congress for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, with additional support from the Virginia General Assembly.