Friday, September 13, 2019, 7:30 PM

Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

Category A $55 | Category B $40 | Category C $25
$10 students with ID and youth 18 and under, 20%-30% subscription discounts available

The Virginia Arts Festival, in partnership with American Evolution, has commissioned a new ballet from Dance Theatre of Harlem. This internationally acclaimed, history-making company returns to the Moss Arts Center with Passage, a moving program created by Claudia Schreier, an award-winning young choreographer who has drawn attention and commissions for new work from American Ballet Theatre, the Vail Dance Festival, and more. Created for 12 dancers and performed in three parts, Passage is set to a new score composed by Jessie Montgomery, whose music has been hailed as “wildly colorful and exploding with life” by the Washington Post.

The new ballet's world premiere performances in Norfolk; Washington, D.C.;  and Blacksburg are signature events of American Evolution, marking the 400th anniversary of historical events in Virginia that continue to define America, including the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America and the recruitment of English women in significant numbers to the colony, a pivotal year in the history of Virginia and the nation. The new ballet will express in abstract the fortitude of the human spirit, celebrating the unvanquished spark within that must prevail. Join the celebration of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s historic 50th season, and be among the first to see this new work.

Now a singular presence in the ballet world, Dance Theatre of Harlem tours nationally and internationally, presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. The 17-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics and neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. Through performances, community engagement, and arts education, the company carries forward Dance Theatre of Harlem’s message of empowerment through the arts for all.


This performance is supported in part by gifts from the Merryman family and, in celebration of Carol Crawford Smith, gifts from Ann Goette and Connie and Mark Froggatt.

This program was made possible in part by the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, which recognizes the 400th anniversary of pivotal 1619 Virginia events. Through partnership with notable institutions across the Commonwealth of Virginia, the commemoration features programs, events, and legacy projects that position Virginia as a leader in education, tourism, and economic development through the themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity.

The Virginia Tech Carilion Partnership is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, and a presenting partner for this program. Together, Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic provide leadership in medical education and biomedical and clinical research.

This program was made possible in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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