February 24, 2010
The Richmond Ballet is coming to Princeton.
This Friday at 8:00 p.m. we have a chance to see an amazing treat, when the Chuck Mathena Center will present a performance by the Richmond Ballet Company. The Richmond Ballet is the first professional ballet company formed in Virginia, and they strive to promote and preserve the ballet art form.
They will be presenting three different works on Friday evening: Misa Criolla, To Familiar Spaces in Dream, and Vestiges.
The music for Misa Criolla was written by Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, who passed away on the 18th of this month at age 88. The Washington Post described the music as “a stunning artistic achievement”. In 2008 the choreography by William Soleau was commissioned for the Richmond Ballet.
To Familiar Spaces in Dream was choreographed by Jessica Lang, with music by Philip Glass, Craig Armstrong, and John Cage, and its World Premiere was in 2005 by the Richmond Ballet. The Richmond Times-Dispatch says that it “seethes with kinetic energy barely held in check”.
Vestiges was choreographed by Colin Connor, with music by Michael Nyman, and received its World premiere in 2000 by the Richmond Ballet. It is described as “a thought-provoking piece that’s even more relevant today than when it was first conceived.”
They will also be presenting a master class for local advanced ballet students on Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00. According to Spring Turner, Executive Director of the Chuck Mathena Center, there are 20 maximum participants, and there are four remaining spots. To participate call 304.425.5128, the cost is $20.
If you are looking for a great way to spend your Friday night, come experience this beautiful art form. You can purchase tickets in person at the box office, order by phone at 304.425.5128 or 877.425.5128, or purchase online at www.chuckmathenacenter.org. Tickets will be available at the door, and the cost is $22 for adults and $12 for students and children.