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Richmond Ballet 2023/2024 Season On Sale Now

Season includes the iconic Carmina Burana, show-stopping Dracula, and beloved Nutcracker.



Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, is pleased to announce that tickets for its 2023/2024 season are on sale now. The upcoming season’s programming will feature an exciting array of new voices, the Virginia premiere of a daring story ballet, and timeless classics.

After returning from the company’s debut at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in August, Richmond Ballet’s season officially kicks off at Dominion Energy Center in September with John Butler’s Carmina Burana and Ma Cong’s Thrive. For this remarkable co-production, Richmond Symphony will act as both co-presenter and accompanying orchestra. Richmond Ballet’s Resident Conductor Erin Freeman will conduct the Richmond Symphony and Chorus, City Choir of Washington, and three operatic soloists for this production of powerful music and dance. The upcoming holiday season will bring the first revival of Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett’s brand new, much loved production of The Nutcracker. The company’s mainstage season concludes in February with the Virginia premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Dracula. Set to a haunting score by Franz Liszt, Dracula is sure to enthrall audiences with its powerful choreography and spectacular production elements.

The fan-favorite Studio Series returns with performances of Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s electric Akwarium in October and legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s final ballet, Mozartiana, in May. The series will also feature world premieres by Richmond Ballet Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong and Young Soon Hue, an internationally acclaimed South Korean choreographer now based in Germany. In March, the company will bring back another exciting New Works Festival, featuring choreography by four talented and remarkable choreographers: Emily Adams, Ballet West Principal Dancer; Joshua L. Peugh, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Artistic Director; Andrea Schermoly, Louisville Ballet Resident Choreographer; and Ira White, Richmond Ballet Company Dancer.

Artistic Director Stoner Winslett programmed the 2023/2024 season alongside Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong. Winslett described their process and the upcoming season: “I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be working with Ma, and what a pleasure it is to bring his innovative, fresh ideas to Richmond audiences in our programs. It is such an exciting moment in the history of Richmond Ballet.”

2023/2024 SEASON

CARMINA BURANA with Richmond Symphony and Chorus
September 22-24, 2023

Thrive (Cong/Davis)
Carmina Burana (Butler/Orff)

October 24-29, 2023

Akwarium (Skarpetowska/Bach and Henke)
World Premiere by Young Soon Hue

THE NUTCRACKER with Richmond Symphony
December 8-24, 2023

The Nutcracker (Winslett/Tchaikovsky)

DRACULA with Richmond Symphony
February 16-18, 2024

Dracula (Stevenson/Liszt)

March 19-24, 2024

Choreography by Emily Adams, Joshua L. Peugh, Andrea Schermoly, and Ira White

May 7-12, 2024

Mozartiana (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)
World Premiere by Ma Cong

Tickets to all Richmond Ballet productions start at $25. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 804.344.0906 x224 or in person at the Richmond Ballet Box Office, 407 East Canal Street, Richmond.

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