Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, has flourished as a home for the past, present, and future of dance since its inception as a professional company in 1984. The Ballet boasts an expansive repertory that includes 19th and 20th-century masterpieces as well as more than 80 new ballets by contemporary choreographers from around the world.
Richmond Ballet Studio Company’s 23/24 tour program features a contemporary pas de deux and works from Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong and Studio Company Director Igor Antonov. Ma Cong’s Calling is playful and energetic, filled with delicate partnering, and Igor Antonov’s The Legend of the Swan Queen is a beautiful take on a classic favorite, featuring the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Ma Cong has been widely recognized by the dance world as a bold, bright, and inspired artist and choreographer. Ma started his dance career at the Beijing Dance Academy, where he trained in the art of Chinese classical dance. He danced with The National Ballet of China from 1995 until 1999, prior to his move to the USA.
Igor Antonov is a former professional dancer from Ukraine who has danced for Donetsk Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany, and was a medalist and best couple award winner at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.