PVCC to Host Annual Richmond Ballet Performance March 6

Charlottesville, Va. – February 19, 2024 – Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) continues its annual tradition of bringing Richmond Ballet, the state ballet of Virginia, to its Charlottesville audience. The company will perform Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building. The performance is an evening-length program featuring a mixed repertory of works created for Richmond Ballet by four renowned contemporary choreographers as part of the PVCC Fine Arts and Performance season.
 
This diverse program of 21st century ballet will feature the following:
•    Evoking the atmosphere of an aquarium, choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s "Akwarium" reflects the very human experience of sharing space and the encounters, random or otherwise, that we have along the way. A combination of ballet and modern dance set to music by Robert Henke and Johann Sebastian Bach, the work is a display of mesmerizing contemporary movements that are organic in nature. 
•    Claudia Schreier’s duet “Lost Keys” is an exploration of partnership set to a score by Christopher Cerrone that was inspired by the chaotic reality of a late-night New York City subway station. The work breaks with tradition and the usual expectations of ballet in unexpected ways as the dancers interact against a backdrop of piano and electronic sounds. 
•    In the ethereal "Bird’s-Eye View," Philippine born, Los Angeles raised, and Juilliard educated dancer and choreographer Norbert De La Cruz III takes a top-down look at the journey of life. Set to a meditative flow of music by Lara Somogyi, Riopy, and Ashram, preciseness balanced with free-flowing movements animate dancers attired in shades of rust, brown, and gold. 
•    In “Vanishing Point,” contemporary ballet choreographer Young Soon Hue presents her choreographic debut with Richmond Ballet. The work explores the emotional and universal themes of desire, love, and loss set to music from Ólafur Arnalds, Luke Howard, Kerry Muzzey, Jocelyn Pook, Max Richter, and Hans Zimmer. 

About Richmond Ballet 
After its founding in 1957, 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. 

Tickets 
Reserved seating tickets are $23 for adults and $17 for seniors and students. Patrons are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts or by calling 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted). The PVCC Cashier’s Office, located in the main building, has tickets available for purchase during normal business hours. If available, tickets may also be purchased starting two hours prior to the performance at the PVCC Box Office, located at the main entrance of the Dickinson Building. 

For more information, email boxoffice@pvcc.edu or call 434.961.5376. Learn more about the PVCC Fine Arts and Performance season at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is on the PVCC main campus in Charlottesville at the south end of 501 College Drive. Ample free, well-lit parking is available. 

The Richmond Ballet performance is supported in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media support provided by CBS19.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit pvcc.edu.

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