Richmond Ballet’s Studio One Opens 2013-14 Season
When was the last time you went to ballet?
If your answer is ‘never’ or ‘many moons ago’, we highly suggest you embrace the spirit of YOLO (yeah, you heard us) and get tickets to the new season of Studio One from Richmond Ballet.
The contemporary and thrilling nature of the featured ballets: Phoenix Rising and Bow Out, in combination with the intimate atmosphere of the Studio One Theatre, make it the perfect entrée for ballet audience novices, says Kate Crowder, public relations coordinator for Richmond Ballet.
This is a great way to see ballet for the first time,” said Crowder.
“If you’re new to ballet because it is an intimate venue, you’re closer to the dancers and I think you can really appreciate the work that goes into this choreography”.
“Both pieces have such amazing elements of difficult partnering that is very dynamic. It is a great entrée into ballet.”
Phoenix Rising is causing a buzz in the Richmond arts world, as tonight’s performance will be the world premiere of this Philip Neal choreographed ballet.
Neal has an impressive CV. As an alumnus of The School of Richmond Ballet, Neal was chosen to attend The School of American Ballet before becoming a star performer with The New York Ballet. After a 23 year career, he retired in 2010 and was left wondering, “now what?”, a sentiment many post-college kids can emphasize with. This universal theme of reinvention and a journey of self led Neal to create Phoenix Rising, a ballet Crowder feels many will be able to relate with.
“Not only is [Phoenix Rising] very personal for Neal but I think it is also a theme a lot of people can relate to,” says Crowder.
“It is really hard to reinvent yourself.
“It can be a very trying journey but ultimately it is one that we benefit from and we learn from. He wanted it to have this very positive tone.”
Bow Out also promises to dazzle people who may view ballet as ‘stuffy’ or ‘boring’. Since its world premiere in Richmond in 1995, it has toured nationally and overseas to highly receptive audiences. With the intimate nature of the Studio One Theatre, seeing this ballet will allow you to truly feel the intensity of the art form.
“Certainly the wonderful element about being in the studio theater is you get tremendous intimacy and you get a sense of the physical difficulty of some of the ballet and some of the choreography,” said Crowder.
“You hear them breathe, you see them sweat. It’s a different experience for ballet goers.”
Change up your usual routine and up your culture points with some contemporary ballet – however, be quick with getting your tickets. Crowder says once word gets out about Studio One, tickets are going to sell fast.
“Go ahead and get their tickets early,” said Crowder.
“As once the buzz gets out about how incredible Phoenix Rising is going to be, and once people are reminded about how cool and charismatic Bow Out is, I think there’s really going to be a bunch of people who will be wanting to come see Studio One.”
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