Richmond Ballet presents Don Quixote with Richmond Symphony
at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage
Richmond Ballet welcomed guest artists from the National Ballet of China, diagnosis principal dancers Wang Ye and Ma Xiaodong, with a special rehearsal of Don Quixote on February 11 at the Ballet’s downtown studios. Ms. Wang and Mr. Ma gave a sneak preview of their leading roles, ahead of their Richmond debut when Don Quixote opens at the Carpenter Theatre on February 20. Ms. Wang’s and Mr. Ma’s guest artist appearance serves as an important step in the Ballet’s yearlong Road to China cultural exchange program.
“We are thrilled to welcome both Wang Ye and Ma Xiaodong to Richmond as they work with us to prepare for our production of Don Quixote” said Richmond Ballet Artistic Director, Stoner Winslett. “At the heart of our Road to China program lies the belief that a shared appreciation of art, and particularly of dance, can connect and indeed help form closer and more compassionate global communities. The presence of these artists from the National Ballet of China here in Richmond shows that this spirit of mutual respect and cultural exchange is very much alive.” Well-versed in the roles of Kitri, Don Quixote’s feisty leading lady, and Basilio, her penniless yet well-intentioned suitor, Ms. Wang and Mr. Ma have settled into Richmond Ballet’s own production quickly, though both have performed the work previously in China. Their stay in Richmond will also mark a return visit to the United States for both Ms. Wang and Mr. Ma, who have toured extensively with China’s leading ballet company.
Friday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 21, 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 22, 2:00 pm
Tickets start at $20.00.
Tickets available at eTIX.com, by calling 1.800.514.3849, or through the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 407 E. Canal Street.