Richmond Ballet announces its 2021-22 season

Includes the return of holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker."


The State Ballet of Virginia, the Richmond Ballet, announced today its 2021-22 season, which includes the return of a cherished holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," that has been described by national critics as one of the best in the country. There will 10 performances (Dec. 11-23) and that month will be the last chance for audiences to see the current "Nutcracker" production because the Ballet will be updating costumes and sets next year, according to a press release.

Another highlight comes in February when the Ballet tackles the greatest love story of all time, "Romeo & Juliet," with passionate choreography by Malcolm Burn. Season subscriptions are now available by calling the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 804.344.0906 ext. 224. Single tickets will go on sale in August. Visit for more information.

“We are extremely grateful to the audiences who joined us during the extraordinary 20/21 season, and we cannot wait to welcome even more patrons back to the theatre in the fall,” stated Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett in the release. “The health and safety of our patrons, dancers, and staff remains our number one priority, and we are working with our medical task force to finalize our 21/22 protocols. We will continue to monitor the latest CDC and local government guidelines, making any changes or adjustments as needed. As we enter a new season of hope and resilience, I invite our community to reconnect, rediscover, and reawaken with Richmond Ballet.”

Here's the rest of the details, including the complete season line-up, from the press release:

The season’s four Studio Series performances will provide a glimpse into the vast variety of works performed by the Richmond Ballet dancers. Treasured works from the Ballet’s repertory, including Ben Stevenson’s "Three Preludes," Colin Connor’s "Vestiges," George Balanchine’s "Allegro Brilliante," and Stoner Winslett’s "Echoing Past," will be paired with world premieres by audience-favorite contemporary choreographers. Richmond Ballet Associate Artistic Director Ma Cong and former Richmond Ballet dancer Tom Mattingly will bring their fresh ideas to the studio in the fall. Studio Three in March will celebrate the creativity and innovation of women with an evening of new works by three female choreographers, Jennifer Archibald, Nancy Paradis, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. The season closes in May with Studio Four, featuring "What’s Going On?," a world premiere by Val Caniparoli which will take a cutting edge look at some of today’s most provocative societal issues.

2021-2022 Richmond Ballet season


Sept. 14-23, 2021

"Three Preludes" (Stevenson/Rachmaninoff)

"Pas de Deux" from "Vestiges" (Connor/Nyman)

"World Premiere" by Ma Cong


Oct. 26-31, 2021

"Allegro Brillante" (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)

"World Premiere" by Tom Mattingly

THE NUTCRACKER with Richmond Symphony

Dec. 11-23, 2021 (Winslett/Tchaikovsky)

ROMEO & JULIET with Richmond Symphony

Feb. 18-20, 2022



March 22-27, 2022

"New Works" by Jennifer Archibald, Nancy Paradis, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska


May 10-15, 2022

"Echoing Past" (Winslett/Mendelssohn-Hensel)

"What’s Going On?", a world premiere (Caniparoli/various artists)