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Richmond Ballet
Studio Company

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Saturday, April 6th, 2024

7:00 p.m.

Venue To Be Determined

Tickets: $10 at the door

Children and students admitted free

Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, has flourished as a home for the past, present, and future of dance since its inception as a professional company in 1984. The Ballet boasts an expansive repertory that includes 19th and 20th-century masterpieces as well as more than 80 new ballets by contemporary choreographers from around the world.

 

Richmond Ballet Studio Company’s 23/24 tour program features a contemporary pas de deux and works from Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong and Studio Company Director Igor Antonov. Ma Cong’s Calling is playful and energetic, filled with delicate partnering, and Igor Antonov’s The Legend of the Swan Queen is a beautiful take on a classic favorite, featuring the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

 

Ma Cong has been widely recognized by the dance world as a bold, bright, and inspired artist and choreographer. Ma started his dance career at the Beijing Dance Academy, where he trained in the art of Chinese classical dance. He danced with The National Ballet of China from 1995 until 1999, prior to his move to the USA.

 

Igor Antonov is a former professional dancer from Ukraine who has danced for Donetsk Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany, and was a medalist and best couple award winner at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.

Pro-Art partners with a variety of venues, therefore individuals with mobility issues or general questions are encouraged to call (276) 376-4520 or email the Pro-Art office at pro-art@uvawise.edu. For evolving conditions related to weather cancellations, or similar unforeseen circumstances, patrons are encouraged to check proartva.org for up-to-date information. 

 

This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Pro-Art is additionally supported by the C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Mountain Empire Community College, the Columbus Phipps Foundation, and the Lee County Community Foundation.

Photo Credit: Former Houston Ballet II Artists Sareen Tchekmedyian and Harper Watters in Ma Cong’s Calling. Photo by Amitava Sarkar (2009). Courtesy of Houston Ballet.

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