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Southwest’s Dance Department Presents, A Hymn Undone: An Appalachian Awakening

A Hymn Undone: An Appalachian Awakening Promo image featuring photos from Appalachia and local dancers.

Published on March 29th, 2022

Southwest Virginia Community College’s School of the Arts will be hosting a dance performance featuring the Southwest Virginia Community College Dance Department opening for Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia on Thursday, April 7th

Southwest Virginia Community College’s Dance Department will present, A Hymn Undone: An Appalachian Awakening. The works presented are centered on Appalachian culture and the effects of the global pandemic on the local economy. Combining traditional Appalachian folk music with classical dance forms, choreographers/directors Olivia Ratliff and Regina Rice have created a dynamic experience that embraces the colorful traditions of Appalachia.  

Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, presents three diverse works which highlight the versatility, dynamic energy, and intense emotion for which Richmond Ballet is known. 

George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante is an explosion of sparkling footwork and challenging choreography which Balanchine himself described as “everything I know about classical ballet in 13 minutes.” In an excerpt from Colin Connor’s Vestiges, two dancers display their undeniable connection, reminiscent of a moth to a flame. Rounding out the program is Richmond Ballet Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong’s Glare; Cong’s undeniably emotive signature movement, along with an extraordinary score by David McAlmont and Michael Nyman, are the base for this powerful work that reflects the human experience. 

This free event will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Southwest Virginia Community College’s Charles R. King Community Center. The performance is a special addition to the CART season with members admitted with their CART membership card. Donations will be accepted at the door.

The residency by the Richmond Ballet is made possible through special funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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