After last season’s stirring Ershter Vals, China-born and -trained choreographer Ma Cong returns to Richmond Ballet to create a fresh new piece for the company. With choreography marked by innovative and challenging movement and woven with penetrating emotion, this exciting world premiere will surely engage audiences. Alongside Cong’s premiere is the beautiful La Belle Danse by Jessica Lang. Danced to Renaissance and Baroque music by Handel, Desprez, Mozart, and Corelli, La Belle Danse features movement that joyfully plays with the ornate dance style of those eras. The piece, very reverent at times, creates a lovely marriage between the music and the movement Lang created, all beautifully staged in Richmond Ballet’s Studio Theatre.