Tuesday, September 7, 2021

PREVIEW: A Month Celebrating India at Gallery5

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 4:00 AM

You don't have to be Indian to celebrate India.

The subcontinent has been an inspiration for authors, poets and painters for centuries, with even the Beatles taking note, writing the bulk of “The White Album” in Rishikesh on their spiritual retreat.

For the third year running, Gallery 5 is hosting “Mother India.” Musician and Gallery 5’s board chairman, Prabir Mehta, says inspiration came from the fact that the Indian community feels very underrepresented in the arts in this country.

“As an immigrant, I found it extremely difficult, if not totally impossible most times, to find kids my age who had parents encouraging them to explore the arts,” he recalls. “As I went through the public-school system and even college, I still found very few Indian people interested in music and art.”

“Mother India” kicked off Sept. 3 with an opening featuring Vedic shlokas and blessings for the audience, live music by the Prabir Trio and a Bollywood Night dance party with DJ Carl. Events continue throughout the month as the show, which features local, national and international artists working in photography, video, ceramic and tapestry, remains on exhibit. Dean Whitlock, a local portrait photographer, will be taking photos of guests at the event set against a colorful sari fabric backdrop. Local photographer

“As a musician, it's impossible for me to think of '60s music without the influence of India,” Mehta says. “Anyone who's read Kipling or a multitude of other authors obsessed with India will recognize the impact of India on western literature. Yoga and meditation, while not considered traditional art, have made huge impacts on Western society as these ancient practices were blended with music and visual accompaniment.”

Programming for “Mother India” will include a concert Sept. 11 of carnatic flute and tabla by Raman Kalyan, an award-winning musician who has taught at VCU. Mehta explains Carnatic music as a regional flavor or music. “The southern Indian offerings of music include carnatic traditional music,” he explains. “Carnatic music is usually played in small ensembles revolving around a lead melodic instrument and supported by rhythmic layers created by one or two other instruments.”

Two Indian cooks will lead a cooking workshop on Sept. 24, sharing recipes and tips for making Bhaji Pav and pilau rice, with each dish paired with a cocktail from Gallery 5’s bar. Ticketholders will get a cooking lesson, an opportunity to ask questions, food tastings and a chance to pick up Indian spices for their own kitchens.

The Line Within will be Gallery5's first attempt at combining art, music, and yoga. Led by Kat McCroy of 3S Yoga Studios in Church Hill, the Sept. 25 event will involve a segment where participants will draw with their eyes closed, a compelling exercise in linking the mind and body while removing the distraction of sight. A meditation segment provides a chance to reach for a calm and peaceful experience in the mind. Yoga will be used to help stretch the body and become more comfortable with its own abilities, whether beginner or advanced. A soundtrack of calming live Indian scales will be performed to accompany the practice, with a post-meditation mimosa to cap off the experience.

A plant party on Sept. 25 will provide a look at a popular and useful flower found in India, the marigold. Among its many uses, it creates a gorgeously vivid yellow dye that will allow participants to create a custom-dyed cotton piece and samples for future dyeing endeavors. India-themed cocktail and snacks will of course be offered as part of the ticket price.

India’s perseverance has been a motivating force for Mehta in planning the exhibit. He points to how India has had many other cultures force their way into occupation, only to have Indians accept them, blend the cultures together, and come out it as the world's largest democracy.

“I'm not sure if our art show goes that deeply into it, but that's certainly a driving force in why the notion of India matters so much to me,” he admits. “Not just because I'm from there, but because of what that subcontinent and its people have done with every hand they’ve been dealt.” Mother India, forever fusing the ancient and modern together.

Mehta’s hope is that these events will inspire not only Indian citizens to get involved with the arts, but for others to understand that the Indian community is just as diverse and artistic as any other. “These shows, while having a noticeably different look and feel, ultimately highlight how we are indeed all the same,” he says. “We all love food, art, music, and community, just slightly different flavors and melodies here and there.”

“Mother India” runs all month at Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall St., free. Tickets for individual events available at gallery5arts.org

Monday, August 30, 2021

Stuff to do this Week

Yes, the Amazing Acro-cats are back in town plus more great bands ...

Posted on Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 11:00 PM


Thursday through Monday

The Amazing Acro-Cats at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse in the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Sept. 2 – 6

If you love cats, you’ve probably already got this one marked down. If not, then by all means don’t miss this frisky troupe of performing house cats and their two-hour long “purrformances” that include riding skateboards, rolling on balls, jumping through hoops and a oh-a-whole-lot more. Such as the big finale, which includes the only all-cat band on the planet (according to their press release): Tuna and the Rock Cats! featuring St. Clawed on guitar, Bue on drums, Nue on keyboard, Ahi on woodblocks, Albacore on cowbell, Roux on trumpet, Oz on sax, and Cluck Norris on tambourine. Pretty much sounds like the most exciting thing to happen in Richmond in about two years. We think it’s been two years. Could be five. Feels like five. And yes, this is that cat band you saw on PBS. Just go. Stay safe. Watch cats. Presented by Rock Cats Rescue. Shows at 7 p.m. each night though there is a 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.4 and a 2 p.m. on Sept. 5. Visit dominionenergycenter.com for more details.


Fear of Music and Afro-Zen Allstars at the Broadberry

Friday, Sept. 3

The great local tribute to the Talking Heads, easily one of the best in the world, returns to a familiar stage to make the people dance, herky-jerky like, right out of their massive oversized suits, or facemasks as the case may be. Don't miss groove-heavy openers, Afro-Zen Allstars. The doors open at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Vax card or recent negative test within 72 hours required. thebroadberry.com.


Charley Crockett and Joshua Ray Walker at the National

Saturday, Sept. 4

We took the time to watch the YouTube videos by Mr. Charley Crockett, who hails from the same small Texas town as the great Freddy Fender, and at first we thought it might be NBA great Steph Curry pulling a Garth Brooks side project deal. But nope, Crockett is legit at playing that old school roots country and blues, while also effortlessly shifting to countrypolitan soul and good ‘ole honky tonk vibes. As local music fan, deejay and veteran booker Todd Ranson remarked: “Like early Dwight Yoakam and a male Lucinda Williams.” That sounds legit to us. He’s prolific too, having released eight albums in six years, his last one, “10 for Slim: Charley Crockett sings James Hand,” came out in February. To check out his originals though, you’ll want to look up his acclaimed 2020 album, “Welcome to Hard Times.” 8 p.m. $22.50 in advance, $27.50 day of show. Vax card required or negative test within 72 hours. All ages. thenationalva.com.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Live Review: Wilco and Sleater-Kinney at Brown’s Island, Wednesday, Aug. 19

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2021 at 4:00 AM

Guitarist Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney delivers a high-kick during the band's energetic opening set. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • Guitarist Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney delivers a high-kick during the band's energetic opening set.

It may have been the biggest concert of the summer in Richmond and fans would brave what felt like one of the most humid nights of the year for it. Man, was it hot for awhile there.

Having moved from its original location at Altria Theater, a major tour featuring alt. rock favorites Wilco and Sleater-Kinney, as well as the experimental Chicago artist NNAMDI, rolled into Brown’s Island on Wednesday, Aug. 18. While it felt safer being outside, it had just rained in Richmond for days and the ground was wet while the hot and humid air was best jokingly described by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy as “moist.” Many attendees looked like they had just entered a wet t-shirt contest. All of the bands that played seemed stunned by the heat, making a point of noting just how miserable it felt outside, as if they were amazed Richmonders could live with such humidity. But as the energetic Sleater-Kinney also noted during its opening set, it was hard to complain when it felt great just to be “playing shows again” – that celebratory mood, and plenty of $2 bottles of water bought via cellphone app (as were any drinks this evening), carried people through the extreme mugginess that evening.

Due to work running a bit late, we missed NNAMDI’s early set, showing up just in time to catch Sleater-Kinney blaze through a fast-paced set of mostly newer songs plus a few chestnuts. One of the original riot grrrl bands of the 1990s, Sleater-Kinney is still characterized by the almost telepathic interplay between singer-guitarist Corin Tucker and energetic lead guitarist Carrie Brownstein (also of “Portlandia” fame) whose high kicks, Pete Townsend-esque jumps, dance moves and rock star postures put most guy rockers to shame. They ripped through a set that included songs from their latest album, Path of Wellness, as well more recent albums No Cities to Love and The Center Won’t Hold– with earlier tunes like “Jumpers” riling the crowd. The band's latest album was the first without original drummer Janet Weiss and this touring band featured Galen Clark on keys, Fabi Reyna on guitar, Bill Athens on bass and Vincent Lirocchi on drums. Some of the original trio's punk ("Dig Me Out") rawness seemed missing but it’s hard to fault a band for evolving into a more diverse, full-band sound over the years and for always challenging themselves to sound different with each album. Still, it was a heavily rocking set and the band’s DIY origins showed through, like when Brownstein took the mic to check on a fan who had to be removed by paramedics due to heat exhaustion (“Drink water out there, it’s hot” she pleaded with the crowd, “watch out for the person next to you.”)

Headliner Wilco came onstage just as the sun was starting to go down and the merciless heat began to fade. The band, known as much for its mellow Americana roots as its melodic rock experimentation in the studio, kicked things off with a nod to the pandemic with “A Shot in the Arm” from 1999’s Summerteeth album and the upbeat, funky rocker “Random Name Generator” from 2015’s Star Wars. Immediately you got a sense of the famous Wilco dynamic: The wildly chaotic guitarwork of Nels Cline mixed with the stylistically colorful drumming of Glenn Kotche and led by the veteran frontman presence of Jeff Tweedy and his winsome, weathered vocals. Together, they led this well-oiled machine through a set that seemed to steadily alternate between more rocking numbers that deconstructed themselves amidst strobe light effects, and pretty mellow, mid-tempo songs that allowed Tweedy's personal songwriting to shine through. During one of the slower tunes, “If I Ever Was a Child,” a train rolled along nearby tracks above the James River and Tweedy admitted afterward that it made him “cry a little,” adding that he wished the sounds of the train’s brakes had been on the original recording. However, over the next couple songs, more train cars rolled to a screeching stop, one even blew its horn, and Tweedy quickly got over his romantic reverie: “Ok, train, you’ve had your moment,” he joked.

Other highlights from the set included usual favorites from the band's breakthrough album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002): "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart," “Jesus, Etc.” and “Heavy Metal Drummer” are now like greatest hits for the band, which also showed love to early fans with the rocking “Box Full of Letters” from 1995’s A.M. Things ended on an upbeat note with a high-energy encore featuring the stomping rocker “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” – which included a crowd sing-a-long -- and the lovely, poetic closer “California Stars,” famously written by Woody Guthrie and recorded by Billy Bragg and Wilco for the classic Mermaid Avenue album.

As far as pandemic concerns, vaccination cards were required and lines at various entry points moved quickly. Inside, many audience members crowded together down front seemed not to be worried about standing too close, while others milled about the exterior, keeping a safe distance. Overall it was a solid night of music, with a few less people than normal, that was pulled off well by organizers considering all the impediments; many folks had asked for refunds because they preferred a seated indoor show, not a more general admission setting. But a big shout-out should go to whoever was responsible for the sound at Brown's Island: It was dialed in and sounded great from practically anywhere on the field. Well-done, friendo.

A side note: This will be the last show at Brown's Island for awhile, according to a local promoter at the show, due to some upcoming construction being completed for the Richmond Folk Festival, which happens in early October. There could be more live shows or events at the venue picking up in December and beyond, weather permitting, the promoter said.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

PICK: Palm Palm w/ Shagwüf at The Camel

Saturday, Aug. 21, show at 9 p.m.

Posted By on Sat, Aug 21, 2021 at 4:00 AM

If you’ve never seen Palm Palm, a local rock supergroup of sorts, a four-week “spread” at the Camel should give you plenty of chances. Led by energetic and gritty live performer, J. Roddy Walston on piano and vocals, and featuring Richmond’s own Jimmy Page, Charlie Glenn on guitar, Andrew Carper (The Southern Belles) on bass, Raphael Katchinoff (The Congress) on drums, this is a band that knows how to jam with a sense of purpose. With his other well-traveled band, the Business, Walston often got labeled with a swampy Southern rock vibe, but this new outfit seems geared toward wiping that away with a funky unpredictability that could take inspiration in everything from glam rock to poppy synth sweetness; check out their catchy new track “Automatic Attraction” on bandcamp for an example of a fruitful new direction.

Also, don't miss the other band on tonight's solid bill. Charlottesville’s Shagwüf brings the raw, bluesy garage rock with a social justice vibe, so you can responsibly rock. As Nick Rubin of wrote of them for Cville Weekly in 2016: “bashy blues-rock with unmistakable mirth. Erstwhile solo artists Sally Rose and Sweet Pete Stallings trade lead vocals and hold down the bass and guitar slots, while … Pablo Olivieri methodically atomizes the drum kit.” Below check out their long, somewhat experimental rock video with Latin flourishes (a little reminiscent of Kid Congo Powers) showing a multi-talented band that also doesn't want to be pigeonholed. Whatever comes out of the speakers at this show, the energy should be there. $10. Proof of vaccination required.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Weekend Picks: Nils Westergard at Black Iris, BrewHaHa and Carytown Watermelon Festival

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 4:00 AM

“Fight or Flight: a solo exhibition of paintings by Nils Westergard”

Friday, Aug. 6 at Black Iris Gallery

5 to 9 p.m. Free


Finally, a solo show from Richmond artist Nils Westergard who has created some of the most beautiful murals around the city. Now splitting his time between Richmond and Amsterdam, where he is a member of the Multi-Syndicate Crew artist collective, this will be his first solo show in his hometown and it’s long overdue.

A VCU grad who studied film, “today his lens has focused on subjects scaling from the global to the intimate; creating massive, drippy, portraits on walls around the world followed closely by his immensely detailed stencil work in galleries,” according to the Black Iris website. If you’re headed to First Fridays, definitely make this a stop on your trip.

BrewHaHa Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, Aug. 7 at Virginia Museum of History and Culture on the front lawn

6-9 p.m. $30


Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer month with other beer lovers who will plop down $30 bucks for a tasting glass and eight tasting tickets to enjoy a bunch of different craft brews, music and games. Among the breweries: Brothers Craft Brewing (Harrisonburg); Big Ugly Brewing (Chesapeake); Blue Toad Hard Cider (Roseland); and Wasserhund Brewing Company (Virginia Beach). Unvaccinated folks must wear masks when inside the museum.

The 39th Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival

Sunday, Aug. 8 in Carytown

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


It’s looking like a hot day on Sunday and what better way to spend it than outdoors, enjoying free live music and sucking down juicy watermelon by the bowl-load. There will be six stages with live entertainment and over 100 vendors hawking their “food, drink, artwork, novelties and services.” Among the musical acts: Harry Gore (2:45 p.m. Rind stage); Saint Square at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (acoustic) on the Main Stage; Premiere Trio at 4:15 p.m. on Slice stage. For more, check the website.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen announces 2021-2022 season

To include indoor and outdoor performances.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:00 AM

An Afternoon of Oktoberfest w/ the Sauerkrauts will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.
  • An Afternoon of Oktoberfest w/ the Sauerkrauts will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is returning to the stage with tickets for the first half of its new Center Season going on sale on Monday, July 26 at 9 a.m. Tickets can be found at www.artsglenallen.com or 804-261-ARTS.

The Center Season performance series features theater, music and dance events with tickets starting at $10 and performances to be held in the Center’s indoor theater with the addition of the outdoor matinees which were hosted during the summer.

“[2020] was a tough year for all of us. We are delighted to be gearing up for a new season with our standard indoor theater shows. But we are moving forward with some of the learnings of the past year … one of which is that people love outdoor concerts in our spacious field adjacent to the main building and people are ready to enjoy the arts in person,” says the Center’s President, Kathryn 'K' Alferio. “With great concerts and wonderful exhibits and classes, we are ready to welcome back our audiences.”

The outdoor concerts are general admission with food and beverages for sale at the event, according to a release. Patrons are invited to bring a blankets and lawn chairs.

Here is the the first half of the Cultural Arts Center’s Center Season's lineup:

The Taters - Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Cost $30

Outdoor concert- An Afternoon of Jazz with Cloud 9 - Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. $20

Richmond’s Finest with Commonwealth Bluegrass Band and the Richmond Symphony - Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. $40

Outdoor concert - An Afternoon of Oktoberfest w/ The Sauerkrauts Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. $20

Music Theatre International’ s "All Together Now!" - in conjunction with Henrico Theatre Company. A global event celebrating local theatre to be held Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. $10 with donations encouraged.

Henrico Theatre Company presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with performances: Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. $15

Masters of Soul Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. $40

According to the press release, "the new season will also include new art exhibits throughout the Center’s four onsite galleries and a fresh array of Fall art classes for all levels, starting at $25. Registration is now open for Fall classes at 804-261-ARTS. Highlights include: floral design, photography, jewelry design for kids and teens, portrait drawing and more.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

PICK – The Conciliation Lab’s "BlackList"

A celebration of Black voices in American theater on July 10 and 11.

Posted By on Sat, Jul 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM

As the pandemic increasingly feels relegated to the rearview mirror and public life resumes, Richmonders may find that a few things have changed during their social hibernation.

Last summer, Richmond theater company TheatreLab announced it would merge with The Conciliation Project, a social justice theater company aimed at addressing racial and social inequality. Though the merger process is still legally in process, the newly-formed The Conciliation Lab is hosting its first event ever later this week with “BlackList: A celebration of Black voices in American theater” on July 10 and 11.

First hosted by The Conciliation Project and TheatreLab in 2015, this two-day event will feature work from August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry, Suzan-Lori Parks and James Baldwin. On July 10, a “Black Market” featuring goods sold by Black, woman-owned businesses will be held, as will an open mic hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Black Theatre Association.

On July 11, a special performance by the Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company will take place, as well as an additional “BlackList” performance. The second night will close with the announcement of a scholarship in support of a current or college-bound African American theatre student, and the unveiling of The Conciliation Lab’s 2021-22 season.

Tickets are $10-20. For more information, visit theconciliationlab.com.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Richmond Folk Fest announces first round of artists

Large outdoor festival returns Oct. 8-10.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 4:00 AM

The Richmond Folk Festival, one of the Virginia's largest music festivals, returns for its 17th anniversary the weekend of Oct. 8 - 10 along the downtown riverfront.

Today it announced its first round of musical artists. Without further adieu, here are those artists, with some videos.

Plena Es (bomba y plena) Sunrise, Florida

Rare Essence(go-go) Washington, D.C.

Sean Jones “Dizzy Spellz” feat. Brinae Ali (jazz, hip hop, and tap dance) Baltimore, Maryland

Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies (Irish) Yonkers, New York

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (bluegrass) Charlestown, Indiana

Nava Persian Trio (Persian santour) Albuquerque, New Mexico

“This year more than ever we may find reason to celebrate each other's traditions and cultures,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events at Venture Richmond, in a press release. “We are looking forward to showcasing downtown Richmond’s riverfront once again for a beautiful weekend of music, food and crafts to provide an open, outdoor, safe space for people to enjoy the Richmond Folk Festival.”

There will also be an interactive scavenger hunt from June 18 until Labor Day weekend. For more details, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org.

Also, in case your missed them, every Saturday at 5 p.m., "Richmond public radio VPM stations 107.3 FM & 93.1 FM will broadcast favorite performances from the past 13 years of the Richmond Folk Festival as well as the three years the city hosted the National Folk Festival (2005-07)."

Here are the artists featured on those broadcasts:

July 3 Bombino

July 10 Jeff Little, Lulo Reinhardt

July 17 Nathalie Pires

July 24 Le Vent du Nord

July 31 Debashish Bhattacharya

Aug 7 Joshua Nelson

Aug 14 Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

Aug 21 Marcia Ball

Aug 28 Dale Ann Bradley

Sep 4 Lurie Bell, Andes Manta

Sept 11 Amargue Bachata Quintet with Andre Veloz

Sept 18 Ahava Raba with Yanky Lemmer

Sept 25 Sona Jobarteth

Oct 2 Maggie Ingram, Frank Newsome, Paschall Brothers, Clinton Fearon

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Groundbreaking Public Art Installation at City Hall this Thursday, July 1

Will be largest installation on a municipal building in the country using augmented reality.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2021 at 4:00 AM

If you're downtown this Thursday, July 1, make sure to look up.

A major public art installation is being unveiled at Richmond City Hall at noon which will be the largest public art installation on a municipal building in the country using augmented reality.

The second installment of the Freedom Constellations project, the temporary installation features two 160-foot-tall portraits of Ta’Dreama McBride and Clyde Walker made in collaboration with artist and Performing Statistics Creative Director Mark Strandquist.

McBride and Walker are youth leaders from RISE for Youth, a state campaign that "promotes the creation of healthy communities and community-based alternatives to youth incarceration," according to an email from organizers. And the cool part: The portraits will come alive using augmented reality when viewers hover their phones over the portraits from a distance.

“Ensuring young people live in thriving communities and receive the help they need rather than harsh punishment for their mistakes is what RISE for Youth is all about," says Executive Director of RISE for Youth Valerie Slater in a release. "And we will continue to provide collaborative opportunities for our youth to lead the work of shaping a bold new future full of hope and free of youth prisons.”

Performing Statistics is a national cultural organizing project based in Richmond "that uses art to model, imagine, and advocate for alternatives to youth incarceration. They work with youth impacted by the juvenile justice system in the United States to illustrate and build a world where no youth are locked up."

They were invited by the City of Richmond’s Mayor’s Office and Department of Human Services to install the project at City Hall, according to the release. The installation will remain through Nov. 30, 2021.

“Covering the sides of city hall with interactive portraits of youth fighting to create a Richmond where all youth are free is exactly the kind of monumental public art that Richmond needs in this moment,” says Mark Strandquist, lead artist for the project and creative director at Performing Statistics. “These young leaders have given us all a huge gift. To build the beautiful future they deserve we must collectively imagine it, illustrate it, and design it, and youth need to be part of that process. They’ve shared a blueprint for a Richmond where all youth have the support they deserve. It’s up to all of us to help make that future a reality.”

The release also notes that "though the portraits will be visible for miles away, the augmented reality can be viewed on the northwest corner of 9th Street and Marshall Street, directly in front of the John Marshall House whose mission is to, 'engage the public about the life and legacies of the Great Chief Justice, his Richmond home, and the enslaved people who labored here through historic preservation and education,' according to their website."

“We were immediately excited to host this project because this house is where Chief Justice John Marshall deliberated cases that would ultimately shape and codify the American judicial system, with its flaws and inequity steeped in racism,” says Director of Museum Operations and Education Jennifer Hurst-Wender in the release. “We find common ground with this project as we embrace an unflinching examination of history and seek ways to work together towards a more just and equitable future.”

Performing Statistics is hosting a rally for the unveiling of the project at noon on Thursday, July 1 where the public "will hear more about the project, learn about community and city efforts to engage youth, watch a demo of the augmented reality experience, and hear from youth leaders from RISE for Youth."

To learn more about Performing Statistics, please visit www.performingstatistics.org.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Richmond Ballet announces its 2021-22 season

Includes the return of holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker."

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 4:00 AM

The State Ballet of Virginia, the Richmond Ballet, announced today its 2021-22 season, which includes the return of a cherished holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," that has been described by national critics as one of the best in the country. There will 10 performances (Dec. 11-23) and that month will be the last chance for audiences to see the current "Nutcracker" production because the Ballet will be updating costumes and sets next year, according to a press release.

Another highlight comes in February when the Ballet tackles the greatest love story of all time, "Romeo & Juliet," with passionate choreography by Malcolm Burn. Season subscriptions are now available by calling the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 804.344.0906 ext. 224. Single tickets will go on sale in August. Visit richmondballet.com for more information.

“We are extremely grateful to the audiences who joined us during the extraordinary 20/21 season, and we cannot wait to welcome even more patrons back to the theatre in the fall,” stated Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett in the release. “The health and safety of our patrons, dancers, and staff remains our number one priority, and we are working with our medical task force to finalize our 21/22 protocols. We will continue to monitor the latest CDC and local government guidelines, making any changes or adjustments as needed. As we enter a new season of hope and resilience, I invite our community to reconnect, rediscover, and reawaken with Richmond Ballet.”

Here's the rest of the details, including the complete season line-up, from the press release:

The season’s four Studio Series performances will provide a glimpse into the vast variety of works performed by the Richmond Ballet dancers. Treasured works from the Ballet’s repertory, including Ben Stevenson’s "Three Preludes," Colin Connor’s "Vestiges," George Balanchine’s "Allegro Brilliante," and Stoner Winslett’s "Echoing Past," will be paired with world premieres by audience-favorite contemporary choreographers. Richmond Ballet Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong and former Richmond Ballet dancer Tom Mattingly will bring their fresh ideas to the studio in the fall. Studio Three in March will celebrate the creativity and innovation of women with an evening of new works by three female choreographers, Jennifer Archibald, Nancy Paradis, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. The season closes in May with Studio Four, featuring "What’s Going On?," a world premiere by Val Caniparoli which will take a cutting edge look at some of today’s most provocative societal issues.

2021-2022 Richmond Ballet season


Sept. 14-23, 2021

"Three Preludes" (Stevenson/Rachmaninoff)

"Pas de Deux" from "Vestiges" (Connor/Nyman)

"World Premiere" by Ma Cong


Oct. 26-31, 2021

"Allegro Brillante" (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)

"World Premiere" by Tom Mattingly

THE NUTCRACKER with Richmond Symphony

Dec. 11-23, 2021 (Winslett/Tchaikovsky)

ROMEO & JULIET with Richmond Symphony

Feb. 18-20, 2022



March 22-27, 2022

"New Works" by Jennifer Archibald, Nancy Paradis, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska


May 10-15, 2022

"Echoing Past" (Winslett/Mendelssohn-Hensel)

"What’s Going On?", a world premiere (Caniparoli/various artists)

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