Richmond Ballet’s Studio One exposes the audience to raw beauty through dance
If you’re new to The Richmond Ballet company, or you’ve seen The Nutcracker four years in a row, you’ve got not excuse to miss this Studio One performance.
This year’s Studio One was not only a spectacular show, but a very unique, entertaining, and charming introduction to the company. By the end of the evening, this premiere proved to be a huge success and a fantastic kickoff to the company’s season.
Swipe was the first half of the performance, and I found it to be very fun, sassy, and even a bit animalistic in movement.
The combination of Val Caniparoli’s funky and unique choreography with lighting design by MK Stewart created a truly raw and eerie world for the dancers and the audience. I enjoyed the partner work and loved the ballroom sass the female dancers exuded.
The movements were controlled, but loose at the same time, which is pleasant to see with ballet technique.
And holy undulations! What I really enjoyed about Studio One, and this particular segment before intermission, was the intimate space. Not only are the dancers incredibly close, but Caniparolis’s choreography allowed the audience to experience every facial expression, admire every muscle, and endure every shiver and shake of a dancer’s foot. My absolute favorite part of Swipe was the female group number towards the end of the segment. It was very fun and relatable, reminding me of how we all dance in solitude.
The attitude and relaxed energy reflected the amusement of three ballerinas dancing in an empty studio, finally letting loose at the end of their hard day.
The World Premiere of iNVERSION was another stand out segment of the evening. Costume Design by “Rebecca Baygents Turk” and Darrell Grand Moultrie’s choreography set more of an athletic tone to the performance.
I especially enjoyed this intensity because it reflects the same message as Misty Copeland’s recent Under Armour commercial.
Dancers are not only artists, but also supremely athletic and push themselves just as hard, if not harder than any other athlete. Dancers bare more than their bodies; they bare their souls and insecurities as well.
During iNVERSION, you get a very intimate introduction to the dancers who make up The Richmond Ballet company. You witness their humor and their personal and unique journeys to becoming a professional dancer.
The theatricality in this segment is funny, delightful, and very endearing. After experiencing the beautiful iNVERSION, you will have a very new, and personal connection to this troupe of dancers. This personal and profound touch that Moultrie created is why everyone should see Studio One.
Studio One was an absolute success. The audience loved the humor, vulnerability, and of course the beautiful dancing and innovative choreography by Caniparoli and Moutrie. Richmond Ballet provides an extremely raw and entertaining performance; leaving the audience more connected to the dancers we know and love, and admire with each season.
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.
Richmond Ballet introduces “Trio”, an iconic performance of three shows in one night on November 4-6 at the Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Arts Center. “Trio” will feature The Kingdom of the Shades from Marius Petipa’s classic full length ballet, “La Bayadiere”, George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue”, and Ma Cong’s “Lift the Fallen”. This [...]November 3, 2016
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