Richmond Ballet Performs Old Favorites, New Contemporary Dances March 5

Photo by Sarah Ferguson
Photo by Sarah Ferguson

Charlottesville, VA - Richmond Ballet, the State Ballet of Virginia, returns to Piedmont Virginia Community College Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building. The program of three dances celebrates the company's landmark 30th anniversary season with works that range from contemporary to jazz.

The following dances will be performed:

  • Phoenix Rising is a new, contemporary work by former New York City Ballet star Philip Neal that was inspired by his own life. Set to the music of Samuel Barber, Phoenix Rising charts an emotional journey of self-discovery using simplistic costumes and elegant choreography. The piece premiered during Richmond Ballet's Studio One Series in October 2013.
  • Bow Out, choreographed by Val Caniparoli, is ballet at its most unexpected. Pairing sleek style with the unconventional jazz music of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, both male and female dancers don men's suits for an urban take on contemporary movement. Richmond Ballet premiered Bow Out in 1995.
  • Fancy Free, the first ballet choreographed by the renowned Jerome Robbins, is a lively work filled with sailors, fistfights and fun. This popular ballet with music by Leonard Bernstein – set in a bar and the outside sidewalk in wartime New York City – was the basis for the movie On The Town, starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.

Tickets are $20 adults and $15 seniors or students. They 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 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.