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Virginia Arts Festival Presents 20th Anniversary Season

By Shane Jordan s.jordan@classicalite.com on Feb 28, 2016 12:08 AM EST

On April 9 and 10, Norfolk's Chrysler Hall will be the center of the dance universe as The Virginia Arts Festival presents an unprecedented gathering of dancers from around the world in a Spring for Dance Gala, celebrating 20 seasons.

While dance has always held a prominent place at the annual Virginia Arts Festival, to open the Festival's 20th anniversary in 2016, the Spring for Dance Gala marks two decades of spectacular performances, including dance from the world's great ballet companies, modern dance troupes, and more.

The gala will feature seven companies in one unforgettable show. And, with live accompaniment from the Virginia Symphony, the blockbuster lineup promises to be an unforgettable kick-off to this year's Festival.

In a recent press release touting the upcoming celebratory gala, Virginia Arts Festival (VAF) Director Robert Cross revealed that the dance gala would feature contributions from the festival's many friends, both old and new:

"Our Spring for Dance Gala performances welcome back VAF favorites like the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Ballet Theatre, Lula Washington Dance, and the Richmond Ballet.

"We also look forward to welcoming the Tokyo Ballet for the first time. And what treasures these great companies are bringing: excerpts from great classical ballets and electrifying contemporary dance, ranging from intimate pas de deux to stage-filling spectacle.

"We are especially thrilled to provide live music for these performances, thanks to the Virginia Symphony."

Tickets for Virginia Arts Festival 20th Anniversary performances are on sale now in subscription packages of three or more performances at discounts of 10-percent and more at the VAF's official website, by phone at (757) 282-2822 or in person at the Festival Box Office at 440 Bank St., Norfolk.

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