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Richmond Ballet Premieres Ma Cong's Lift the Fallen

One of the final performances of the Richmond Ballet’s 30th season included the world premiere of Lift the Fallen by choreographer Ma Cong. The ballet is a tribute to Ma's mother following her death from cancer and explores love, loss, healing and community. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.

Learn More: Watch a video preview of Lift the Fallen and find out more about Ma Cong’s work.

Natural Bridge Emphasizing Virginia Culture, Education and Conservation

Many in Virginia welcomed the news earlier this year that Natural Bridge was sold and will eventually become a state park. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp visited this “Natural Wonder” to learn about what’s in store for this unique part of the Commonwealth.

Learn More: Follow the ongoing changes at Natural Bridge and learn about upcoming events on their Facebook page and website.

Virginia Currents: 50 Years a Slave, the Hidden History of Rachel Findlay

The Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave traces the struggles of Solomon Northup after he’s kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery. Similar stories played out all over Virginia, and many people fought their bondage through Freedom Suits. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp brings us the story of one woman who spent five decades illegally enslaved, but never gave up the fight to free herself and her descendants.

Virginia Currents: VSU Chorale Continues 40 Years of Inspiring Students, Audiences

With a 40-year-long history, the Virginia State University Gospel Chorale has captivated audiences around the country and the world. After last year’s appearances on America’s Got Talent, the group toured Europe and performed at the Pope’s Vatican Christmas Concert. In today’s installment of Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp goes behind the scenes to find out what makes this Petersburg-based choir so unique.

Virginia Currents: Norfolk Transformation of Neighborhoods

Last week, Virginia Currents previewed the upcoming Better Block initiative in Richmond. During two days in June, community members will transform a section of North Church Hill with temporary landscaping, outdoor seating and pop-up shops. This week, we take you to Norfolk, and see how one section of downtown has changed one year after their own Better Block event. Catherine Komp has more.


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