Photo by A. Cemal Ekin
The 35th season of Festival Ballet Providence was a resounding success…thanks to you – our amazing audience.
At Festival Ballet Providence, presenting world-class ballet to this city – already rich with arts and culture – is both our calling and our passion. This season, we tackled that mission head-on, presenting a season that was as artistically diverse as it was technically challenging.
STARTING OFF FRESH
(Left) FBP Company performing in Together We Dance 2; (right) students from FBP’s adaptive dance program performing in Together We Dance 2. Photos by Thomas Nola-Rion
We were thrilled to open our season with the second year of our all-star gala, Together We Dance 2, which showcased the best that the international ballet world has to offer – FBP was well represented among these stars of ballet. FBP’s adaptive dance program was highlighted for the second year in a row at Together We Dance 2; the opportunity for these vibrant children to perform on the same stage as internationally renowned ballet stars was a treasured moment not soon forgotten.
We are happy to announce that Together We Dance will be back to open our 36th season this fall. Stay tuned for the full season announcement in the coming weeks.
Together We Dance 2 was also a chance to showcase five new company dancers, all of whom shaped this season into a fresh and exciting experience for both the company and the audience. Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto (pictured above left) captivated audiences with each new performance. Together, the pair danced as partners in every production of our season in a total of six unique and exciting pas de deux.
(left) FBP apprentice Madeleine Issa with her RISD designer Fatoumata Camara; (center) Emily Loscocco and Kirsten Evans in Agon. (right) Ruth Whitney and Alex Lantz in Orchis. Agon choreography by George Balanchine (c) The George Balanchine Trust. Center photo by A. Cemal Ekin; Right photo by Dennis Goulet.
The collaboration with RISD design students in Little Red Riding Hood (pictured above) produced a unique and exciting ballet. This creative partnership laid the groundwork for what we hope will be a productive and unique relationship in coming seasons.
Agon & Orchis, our double-bill of groundbreaking collaborations, was a big moment for FBP. The opportunity to perform one of the greatest collaborations in ballet history – Agon – was a responsibility not taken lightly. The FBP company worked diligently to reproduce the intricate and specific choreography of George Balanchine, one of the most influential choreographers to ever live.
The most important world-premiere of our season (already abundant with world-premiere choreography in Up Close on Hope) was also the most daunting. Orchis was a monumental undertaking of “artistic coordination” between the wide-ranging talents of artists, dancers, designers, and choreographers. On stage, this collaboration shined; both the audience and the dancers were left in awe of the emotion and power of this unique ballet.
ENDING WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Mindaugas Bauzys and Vilia Putrius in Act III of The Sleeping Beauty
It could be said – in a very lofty sense – that we ended this whirlwind season where it all began. The Sleeping Beauty can be credited with laying the groundwork for classical ballet as we know it today. In all its majesty and elegance, the ballet is also a bastion of technique and power, making it a perfect way to bring our 35th season to a close. FBP handled this challenge gracefully, and the production left audiences in awe of such a grand spectacle.
Much like the story of The Sleeping Beauty, ballet itself begins in childhood. Every season, FBP is able to bring the magic of ballet to thousands of children through Discover Dance, our series of school performances. These audiences are consistently the most enthusiastic and exuberant, a terrific reward for the company onstage. Our educational outreach also goes directly into schools (pictured below), teaching dance and choreography to local children. The opportunity to learn from professional dancers in a hands-on environment is one these children may not have ever had.
Educational Outreach director Dylan Giles at Nathan Bishop middle school in Providence. Photos by Shana Santow.
On behalf of Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric, the FBP Board of Trustees, the talented company of dancers from around the world, and the wonderful staff and volunteers who make this organization run, we thank you – our audience – for your love and support. We’ll see you in the fall for our 36th season.
In the meantime, stay connected with us here on the FBP Blog, Facebook, and Twitter, where you can find out about all of the exciting events and programs at FBP in the summer.
Have a fantastic summer!
– Festival Ballet Providence