Richmond Ballet premieres 2015-2016 season with vintage wit and contemporary innovation
Another Richmond summer has come and gone, and it’s that time of year again for your finest dresses and furs and dapper coats for an exquisite evening with the Richmond Ballet.
The 2015-2016 season opened with a full house Tuesday evening and was nothing short of a splendid premiere for a highly anticipated season to come.
Studio One is an ideal kick off to the season with the dynamic duo of “Fancy Free” and “Stolen Moments.” Choreographed by Jerome Robbins, “Fancy Free” originally debuted in 1944 and still amuses audiences with its delightfully naughty sailors and coy pin up’s girls. Set in New York, the dancers of Richmond Ballet will surely make your ears ring with Frank Sinatra as they embrace the lively air in New York City longing to find romance.
Even though “Fancy Free” had Richmond audiences blushing and giggling in their seats, it was just a taste for what was soon to follow. Following intermission, choreographer Val Caniparoli shared the journey of his new piece via video and personally introduced “Stolen Moments” to an eager Richmond audience.
Caniparoli, who also choreographed last season’s studio production “Swipe” shared that he specifically chose Richmond Ballet for his new work. Inspired from the music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the hybrid of Baroque and contemporary influence created “Stolen Moments,” and Stoner Winslett, creative director of Richmond Ballet was his first phone call.
Caniparoli’s debut provided an enjoyable contrast to its opener, “Fancy Free.” “Stolen Moments” is lush in eccentric movement and like “Swipe” beautifully bizarre. It’s layered fantastically with emotion and contradicting movements. Caniparoli’s choice in music is fresh and innovative with amazingly avant garde choreography to match. The two productions weren’t the only dynamic duo of the night, Caniparoli’s formal baroque style music successfully contrasts to the casual costuming, highlighting the individuality each dancer.
His choreography is absolutely captivating as it ranges from fast paced energetic steps and hops to slow and slithery sensual poses. After experiencing “Stolen Moments,” and having heard Caniparoli’s reasons for coming to Richmond Ballet, it is evident that Richmond’s dancers were truly the best dancers for this artistic collaboration and our dancers push the intimacy of the studio stage like never before.
Richmond Ballet has translated his innovative choreography into an amazingly impressive production, successfully kicking off another season with a standing ovation.
Richmond Ballet’s Studio One premiered Sept 29 and will run through Oct. 4. Tickets are $21-$41 which you can buy here.
Nicole has been dancing since early childhood and can't get enough. You can find her salsa dancing at Havana 59 or tango dancing at the Vmfa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from VCU and strives to keep the arts alive! She loves all things lavender, pugs, and crisp weather.
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