A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

 

Cecile Tuzii with Artists of Richmond Ballet in”A Rose for Miss Emily” by Agnes de Mille. Richmond Ballet, 2012. All rights reserved.

Richmond Ballet‘s Studio Two is opening this Thursday, November 1st, for a two week run of three fantastic ballets: Jessica Lang’s Solo in Nine Parts, George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant (which includes live music on stage with the dancers), and Agnes de Mille’s adaptation of the William Faulkner story, A Rose for Miss Emily.

 

De Mille’s ballet, which world premiered in 1970 and includes music by Alan Hovhaness, comes with an announcement of the retirement of Richmond Ballet’s esteemed dancer, Cecile Tuzii. Tuzii danced in her home country, France, as well as Germany and Switzerland before coming to the US, where she has enriched the aesthetic and culture of Richmond’s ballet company. She now feels ripe for change.

 

Richmond Ballet’s Artistic Director, Stoner Winslett, speaks fondly of Tuzii and what lies ahead for her, “I am always sad to see a dancer retire, but Cecile has had a marvelous, worldwide career to celebrate, and she has made this choice at the time that feels right for her. Cecile is a brilliant woman who is dedicated to ballet, and I am confident that she will continue to make a contribution in a new way.”

 

Tuzii’s performance as Emily is fitting both because she danced it with much acclaim here in 2007, and because Faulkner’s story (which you can read, here) deals with the wretchedness that results from clinging to the past. Tuzii will confront the cliff-edge of her own changes by dancing the tragic story of a woman who resists change, and thus devolves into isolation and mental illness.

 

The rehearsal images included here offer a hint of what’s to come in Studio Two: the strength and grace of a triumphant dancer on her way to new things.

 

Cecile Tuzii in “A Rose for Miss Emily” by Agnes de Mille. Richmond Ballet, 2012. All rights reserved.

Richmond Ballet will perform A Rose for Miss Emily as part of Studio Two, from November 1 – 11, 2012. Tickets are available online at http://richmondballet.com/

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