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DIGITAL PLAYBILL

VBT 60TH ANNIVERSARY

Hampton Roads' premiere and oldest professional ballet company is celebrating a milestone anniversary.

A MESSAGE FROM TRDANCE

Cherished guests, we are so grateful to be returning to the stage and performing for our audiences and you again. It has been a journey during the pandemic to not only continue maintaining our honored repertoire and continue our daily open and structured education programs. In order to find new ways to continue pushing boundaries, taking artistic leaps, and ensuring that dance is accessible to everyone, regardless the age or ability, it takes a village. To provide a one-of-a-kind experience to the next generation of dancers, please consider making a gift to TRDance today.

Incorporated in January of 2004 as an accredited nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution is 100% tax deductible.

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APRIL 8 & 9 | 8PM

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

 

Duration

1 Hour and 30 Minutes,

including one 15 minute

intermission.

About the Performance

Pieces

4 individual pieces including 1 world premiere.

Artistic Director Ricardo Melendez, never one stop short of perfection, has curated a spectacular night of performances in celebration. The program blends classical with contemporary in a way that Ricardo proudly says will "captivate but ask you to think. We aspire to redraw the shapes around beauty and balance...to find new truths through harmony of movement and cultural celebrations."

ABOUT THE PIECES

 

GISELLE - Peasant  Pas De Deux

Choreography: After Jean Corelli & Jules Perrot

Music: Adolphe Adam

Dancers: Felecia Baker, Brandon Penn

LA CASA -  Based on The House of Bernarda Alba

Choreography: Ricardo Melendez

Costumes: Rigorberto Callado

Music: String Quarter No. 3

Composer: Alberto Ginastera

Dancers: Caitlin Granville, Miranda Hashemi, Cassie Punzo, Felecia Baker, Haley-Jean Kidwell, Morgan White

FRAGILE

Choreography: Ricardo Melendez

Costumes: Rigorberto Callado

Music: Sonata for Solo Cello

Composer: Gyorgy Ligeti

Dancers: Cassie Punzo, Brandon Penn, Caitlin Granville, Miranda Hashemi

CAMPESTRAL - WORLD PREMIERE

Choreography: Ricardo Melendez

Costumes: Rigorberto Callado

Composer/Singer: Susana Baca

Dancers: 2022 Company

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER

 
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Ricardo Melendez

Artistic Director Ricardo Melendez is the former Artistic Director for Ballets de San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University and a MFA in Theatre from Brooklyn College, where he served as adjunct faculty.

Ricardo has performed with the Alvin Ailey Dance Ensemble, Ballet Hispanico, the Omega Liturgical Dance Company, and Indianapolis Dance Company. He was also principal dancer and rehearsal director for Dance Kaleidoscope in Indiana, where he dedicated his efforts in developing arts in education programs. Ricardo also served as Resident Choreographer for American Cabaret Theater, and he has taught, choreographed, and performed in the US as both.

ABOUT THE DANCERS

 
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EIGHTH SEASON

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FIRST SEASON

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FOURTH SEASON

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FELECIA BAKER

FIRST SEASON

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CASSANDRA PUNZO

SECOND SEASON

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FIRST SEASON

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SECOND SEASON

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FIRST SEASON

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BREXDYN LA DIEU

FIRST SEASON

QUESTIONNAIRE