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Alan Alberto in the heat of the game at our company Picnic in the Park today.
Alan Alberto in the heat of the game at our company Picnic in the Park today.

Alan Alberto in the heat of the kickball game at our Picnic in the Park this afternoon at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI. Thanks to all who came out!

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Toots Zynsky glass work at Urban Beauty

We are THRILLED that world-renowned glass artist Toots Zynsky has contributed an item to our fundraising gala “Urban Beauty.” Toots is a close friend to FBP, having just completed a collaboration in “Orchis,” which FBP performed in March. At “Urban Beauty” tomorrow evening, Toots’ work Abbozzare (pictured below) will be on display and up for auction (at a minimum reserve limit). We are thankful to Toots and all of our donors who are generously supporting this fundraiser.

Our fundraising gala “Urban Beauty” is tomorrow, April 24 from 6pm-9pm at Aspire Restaurant in Downcity Providence. For more info, click here.

"Abbozzare" by Toots Zynsky
“Abbozzare” by Toots Zynsky

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Meet the Dancers: Ruth Whitney

Ruth Whitney
Ruth Whitney

Ruth Bronwen Whitney comes to Festival Ballet Providence from Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania where her repertory included Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker; and other soloist roles in GiselleBoutique Fantasque, and Raymonda. She began ballet at the age of 3 before receiving training at Boston Ballet School under Tatiana Legat and Laura Young. She has danced with Boston Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Lorraine Chapman: The Company, and other companies in New England. In 2005, she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and Dance from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This is her first season with Festival Ballet Providence.

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It’s starting…

Hope Street Construction

Construction on Hope Street began this morning and it looks like we are in for a rough few months ahead. See the info below from the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC):

The traffic detour related to the Narragansett Bay Commission’s repaving of Hope Street from Glendale Avenue to Chace Street will begin on Monday, April 15. Hope Street will be restricted to one-way traffic travelling south for the duration of the project. Southbound traffic on Hope will travel in the northbound lane. Northbound traffic will be redirected to Blackstone Boulevards via Rochambeau. Access from side streets to Hope Street will be limited while the concrete base of the southbound lane is replaced. The detour will remain in place until the end of June.

The repaving follows installation of new storm sewers, gas lines and water lines in conjunction with Phase II of the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Project. Phase I of the CSO Project has already prevented over five billion gallons of storm-related sewage overflows from entering Narragansett Bay.

Regular updates of progress will be posted on the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/narrabay) and twitter feed (@narrabay).

A full report on Hope Street repaving is available here.

Happy Detouring!

Hope Street Detour Map

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Meet the Dancers: Alex Lantz


Alex Lantz
Alex Lantz

Alex Lantz began his dance training at age seven at the Rockford Dance Company in his home town of Rockford, Illinois and was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2006 at age 17. Recipient of the Arnold Spohr Scholarship and the Daimler-Chrysler Scholarship, he performed a variety of works with the school including Pas De Quatre by David Maroni and the Roles of Alain in La fille Mal Gardee and Gamache in Don Quixote. Lantz’s piece, The Sea Within Us, wowed the crowd at the RWB School’s First Steps Choreographic Competition 2009, earning him first place and the RWB School Award. The Sea Within Us was also featured at the National Ballet School of Canada’s Assemblee International 2009 where it was performed with an international cast. Lantz joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company as an apprentice in 2010. He performed with the company in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Moulin Rouge – The Ballet, Dracula, Wonderland, The Exstacy of Rita Joe, Svengali, Giselle, and Carmina Burana. This is  his first season with Festival Ballet Providence.

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Meet the Dancers: Kirsten Evans

Kirsten Evans
Kirsten Evans

Shortly after we taped this interview, Kirsten was promoted from Apprentice to Company Dancer. We are very proud of her and wish her the best of luck in her new position!

From Massachusetts, Kirsten performed as a member of Festival Ballet’s Junior Company for 5 years before joining the company as a trainee in 2010. Ms. Evans has trained with Mihailo Djuric, Cosmin Marculetiu, Viktor Plotnikov, Yves de Boutillier, Valentina Kozlova, Anna Maria Holmes, Adam Sklute and Vera Kurmasheva. She has also trained with the Nutmeg Conservatory, Bolshoi Ballet Academy and was a member of Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival in 2009. Ms. Evans was a two time finalist in the Youth American Grand Prix Compeition in New York City, where she was awarded a scholarship and traineeship with Ballet West in Utah. Previous roles with Festival Ballet include Pas de Trois and Cygnets in Swan Lake, Willi in Giselle, Factory Girl in Viktor Plotnikov’s Carmen, Clara, Lead Snowflake, Lead Flower, and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, and Witch in Plotnikov’s The Widow’s Broom. Kirsten also attends Providence College part time. This is Ms. Evans’ third season with the company.

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FBP Students at Orchestra Moves

FBP School students performing the Can-Can in the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Moves concert.
FBP School students performing the Can-Can in the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Moves concert. Photo courtesy of Ray Larson and the RI Philharmonic

We are very proud of the FBP School for their participation in the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Moves concerts. The school shows started yesterday and conclude tomorrow at The Vets in Providence.

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Meet the Dancers: Mindaugas Bauzys

Mindaugas Bauzys
Mindaugas Bauzys

Born in Lithuania, Mr. Bauzys graduated from Vilnius Ballet School, joining the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre where he was a principal dancer.He continued his training at the Copenhagen Bournonwille Summer Academy and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. He was a principal dancer with Ballet Arlington and a soloist with Boston Ballet, performing lead roles in: Cinderella, Snow White and Seven Dwarves, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Chipolino, Raymonda, Daphnis and Chloe, Tchaikovsky, Carmen, Greek Zorba, Don Quixote, Le Spectre de la Rose, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Artist’s Life, Venetian Carnival, Hamlet, Apollo, Divertimento # 15, Allegro Brillante, Eldar Aliev’s A Thousand and One Nights and many modern numbers composed for him. Mr. Bauzys also performed as a guest artist in the USA, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and, in 2000, he performed in Vladimir Vasilyev’s anniversary Gala at Bolshoi Theatre. . Mr. Bauzys was also honored as Ballet Artist of the Year and he received the St. Christopher’s Prize from the Lithuanian Theatre Union while becoming the laureate in the arts category of the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, The Arts and Science. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, which was given by the Lithuanian President.. He is also married to company dancer Vilia Putrius. This is Mr. Bauzys’ fifth season with FBP.

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Photos from the second weekend of Up Close on Hope

Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto in Grand Pas Classique from the second of three weekends of Up Close on Hope
Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto in Grand Pas Classique from the second of three weekends of Up Close on Hope

See more photos from the performances this weekend from photographer A. Cemal Ekin’s blog: KeptLight.com

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