December is here! I don’t know about you, but I certainly have visions of Sugar Plums dancing in my head.
In addition to the festive Nutcracker kicking things off this weekend, there are many performances and events to enjoy throughout the upcoming winter dance season.
The Richmond Ballet returns to Hampton Roads to present four shows of the magical ballet The Nutcracker. This year will be the fifth consecutive year that the Richmond Ballet has performed this classic here. As in previous years, local ballet students will have the opportunity to dance many of the children’s roles in the show, and Tchaikovsky’s score will be performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The performances are at Chrysler Hall on December 1st and 2nd at 7pm, and December 2nd and 3rd at 2pm. Click here here for ticket information.
The Ferguson Center for the Arts will host EVIDENCE, a dance company from Brooklyn, on January 23rd. Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985, the company blends spoken word, traditional African dance, and contemporary movement.
This performance is comprised of three individual works: On Earth Together, a piece incorporating the music of Stevie Wonder; Why You Follow, a piece in the Afro-Cuban style; and March, a piece set to one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches. The show begins at 7:30pm. Ticket information can be found here here.
The passion of the tango is coming to the Sandler Center in January with a performance of The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires. The company has been performing globally since 2005; this upcoming North American tour will present a brand new production which explores and highlights the transformation of this dance style throughout its history. The event will be on January 29th at 7:30pm; click here for tickets.
In March of 2010, I wrote my first dance review for AltDaily, which was a review of the Shen Yun experience. This coming February Shen Yun returns, bringing its dazzling and colorful display of classical Chinese dance, music, and history merged with visual effects and animation to the Chrysler Hall stage. A group of around 80 artists make up the dancers, singers, musicians, and crew for each of the five Shen Yun touring groups that perform around the world. There will be three shows in this run: February 7th and 8th at 7:30pm, and February 8th at 2pm. For more information on tickets, click here.
Comedy, satire, ballet, and modern dance combine seamlessly in Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. This all-male dance company performs all types of roles, whether swans, princesses, cavaliers, or sorcerers – including roles in pointe shoes. Founded in 1974, the company quickly gained momentum and has since performed internationally and made several television appearances. Humorous, playful, and bold, this dance company is beyond entertaining. The performance will take place on February 3rd at 8pm, at the American Theatre. Click here for ticket information.
“The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.”
– Charles Baudelaire
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