Richmond Ballet to Kick Off 2013-14 Season of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts
Experience a high powered evening with the acclaimed Richmond Ballet, composed of dancers from around the world, in the opening performance of the 31th extraordinary Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Series, Sat., Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. according to Eddie Cooke, president of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. All programs will be held at the First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.
“Its performance repertoire includes works of enduring value – the classic ballets of the past, significant works of our time, and new works that reflect a variety of modern influences,” said Cooke. “Critics hail it ‘a jewel among U.S. dance companies … highly recommended.’”
Founded in 1957 as a performance outlet for students in local dance, it became the first professional Richmond ballet company in the Commonwealth in 1984 and was designated “The State Ballet of Virginia” in 1990. Today the Ballet reaches more than 100,000 people annually in communities throughout Virginia and beyond with professional repertory that includes 55 original works, educational and outreach programs, and a thriving school that serves more than 700 students – ages 3 to adult.
Dedicated to the promotion, preservation and continuing evolution of the art form of ballet, Richmond Ballet strives to keep meaningful works of dance alive and to produce and foster new works that remain true to these values.
In pursuing its mission, Richmond Ballet has become one of Richmond’s finest arts and educational institutions, and it has gained national recognition as one of the country’s premiere dance organizations. Thousands of Richmonders are entertained and inspired annually by more than 50 performances of six major productions, including The Nutcracker – a cherished holiday tradition.
The company also performs on tour throughout Virginia and in other U.S. cities, and made its debut appearance at The Joyce Theater in New York City in the spring of 2005. Richmond Ballet returned to The Joyce Theater in April 2007, part of a tribute to American master choreographer John Butler. In 2008, the company made its third New York appearance in four years, performing three of Jessica Lang's works during a special event at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts celebrating her choreography.
Richmond Ballet celebrates serving students of all ages and imparting a love of dance to thousands of individuals throughout Virginia and the nation. Receiving international recognition when it performed at the Royal Opera House in London last year, the Ballet invites you to join them as they “awaken and uplift the human spirit, both for audiences and artists.”
Tickets at the door for regular performances are $25 an adult and $15 per student. A ticket for the holiday show is $15 an adult and $8 a student, general admission. Season tickets for all seven performances are still available at $110 per seat. To purchase tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kim Price at 757-613-6426.
The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.
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