Piedmont Virginia Community College will host Richmond Ballet, the state ballet of Virginia, on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the College’s Main Campus at 501 College Drive in Charlottesville.
The company will perform a full-length program of three dances that includes new works on the cutting edge of the art form and classics from its repertoire. This twenty-first year of partnership between PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance Season and Richmond Ballet will feature the following:
• “Requiem,” set to French composer Gabriel Fauré’s serene lament of the same name, explores the relationships created throughout the chaos of life. Choreographer Nicole Haskins was drawn to the joy that seemed to radiate from the score; “My desire is for the audience to be transported by the music and the dancing and uplifted by the divine radiance and hope I feel the score possesses.”
• “The Moor’s Pavane” is a deeply passionate work that draws its inspiration from William Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Considered by many to be renowned choreographer José Limón’s greatest masterpiece, the work offers dancers the opportunity to master a gravity-driven technique and audiences the opportunity to be moved by a familiar story in an unfamiliar manner.
• “Who Cares?” is legendary New York City Ballet founder and choreographer George Balanchine’s salute to New York City and a gleeful romp performed to such Gershwin classics as “’S Wonderful,” “Embraceable You” and “I Got Rhythm.”
After its founding in 1957, the Richmond Ballet became the first professional ballet company in Virginia in 1984 and was designated the state ballet of Virginia in 1990 by then Governor Douglas Wilder. In pursuing its mission “to awaken and uplift the human spirit,” Richmond Ballet has become one of Richmond’s most respected arts and educational institutions and has gained national recognition as one of the country’s premiere touring dance organizations.
Reserved seating ticket prices are $23 for adults and $17 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts, by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted) or by visiting Greenberry’s Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center) or the PVCC Cashier’s Office during normal business hours. Tickets may also be purchased starting two hours prior to the performance at the PVCC Box Office.
Richmond Ballet’s performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the Watterson Foundation. Promotional support provided by CBS19.