Richmond Ballet's "Trio" proves good things happen in threes

A couple of popular sayings suggest that good things happen in threes and that variety is the spice of life. In both cases, the application perfectly fit the Richmond Ballet's "Trio" program in the Carpenter Center Friday.

The company offered three distinctly different works with music to match, all of which made for a fine affair of finely done dance — Petipa's "Kingdom of the Shades" from "La Bayadere," Balanchine's "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue," and Ma Cong's "Lift the Fallen."

Certainly such diverse fare showcased the diverse abilities of this professional company, starting with the opening "Kingdom."...