Together We Dance 3 – A last look

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Together We Dance 3 was an incredible way for us to kick off our 36th Season. And as we move forward fueled by the energy this performance generated, we wanted to take one last look at this amazing program. [nggallery … Continue reading

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Former FBP Company Dancer Emily Bromberg returns for Together We Dance 3

Emily Bromberg as Cupid in FBP's 2006 production of Don Quixote

Emily Bromberg as Cupid in FBP’s 2006 production of Don Quixote. Photo by Thomasa Nola-Rion.

We are so excited to have Emily Bromberg return to the FBP stage for Together We Dance 3 on Thursday. Emily was an FBP Company dancer from 2002-2006 and during that time she danced many leading roles and established herself as a confident and beautiful dancer.

She and her partner Shimon Ito – both of whom are now dancers with Miami City Ballet, one of the world’s leading ballet companies – will dance a pas de deux titled “Viscera.”

“I am very excited to see my old student, Emily Bromberg perform again,” Artistic Director Misha Djuric said. “I have known her since she was nine years old when I was teaching in New Hampshire. She has really grown into such a wonderful, mature ballerina.”

“After she left for Miami, I remember reading in the New York Times  that [dance critic Alastair] McCaulay’s eye had dwelt on her,” Misha said. “When I read that, I smiled because I thought the same thing since the first moment I saw her in class when she was nine years old.”

Miami City Ballet dancers Emily Bromberg and Chase Swatosh in Polyphonia; Photo © Gio Alma.

Miami City Ballet dancers Emily Bromberg and Chase Swatosh in Polyphonia; Photo © Gio Alma.

Miami City Ballet dancer Emily Bromberg; Photo © Gio Alma.

Miami City Ballet dancer Emily Bromberg; Photo © Gio Alma.

Rhode Island audiences might remember her as Owen in the original cast of Viktor Plotnikov’s Widow’s Broom , The Sugar Plum Fairy in Mr. Djuric’s The Nutcracker,  and Kitri in FBP’s Don Quixote .

Don’t miss a minute of the excitement at Together We Dance 3 tomorrow at 7:30 at The Vets!

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Meet Remi Wörtmeyer

We had a blast today meeting Remi and Megan, who just arrived from Amsterdam yesterday. They rehearsed both pas de deux they will be performing at Together We Dance 3 on Thursday at The Vets – Romeo and Juliet (Balcony pas de deux) and Don Quixote (Grande pas de deux)And they were spectacular!

Remi Wörtmeyer

Remi Wörtmeyer

REMI WÖRTMEYER
Principal Dancer
Dutch National Ballet

Remi Wörtmeyer (originally from Australia) is one of the leading principal dancers in Europe; Dance Europe  proclaimed Mr. Wörtmeyer fifteenth in a critical list of the world’s leading 100 dancers. Earlier in September, Mr. Wörtmeyer was awarded the Alexandra Radius prize, the top decoration for classical ballet in the Netherlands.

joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2010 as a grand sujet and was promoted to soloist the following year. He was promoted to principal dancer in January, 2013. He trained at the Australian Ballet School and went on to dance with The Australian Ballet in Melbourne and with American Ballet Theatre in New York for a year. He won the Walter Burke Award in 2005 and silver at the 8th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in 2001.

Check out this incredible compilation of his repertoire:

Remi Wortmeyer in Forsythe's "The Second Detail." Photo by Angela Sterling.

Remi Wortmeyer in Forsythe’s “The Second Detail.” Photo by Angela Sterling.

 Visit Remi’s website: http://remiwortmeyer.wordpress.com/

A few moments of Remi and Megan in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet this morning. Thanks to Harry Yamakawa for the pics:

Remi + Megan

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Meet Megan Kaftira

Megan Kaftira and her partner Remi Wörtmeyer arrived in Providence yesterday evening to spend a few days preparing for Together We Dance 3 on Thursday.

Megan Zimny Kaftira. Photo by Sebastien Galtier

Megan Zimny Kaftira. Photo by Sebastien Galtie

MEGAN ZIMNY KAFTIRA
Soloist Dancer
Dutch National Ballet

Megan Zimny Kaftira (formerly Megan Zimny Gray) grew up in Harlingen, Texas and began dancing at the age of 4. She trained with the Corpus Christi Ballet, Deborah Case Dance Academy, and The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida on full scholarship. At the age of 17, Megan joined Boston Ballet II, and later the main company Boston Ballet (Mikko Nissinen). Searching for change in 2010, she made the move to Europe and joined the Dutch National Ballet (Ted Brandsen).

Quickly rising through the ranks, she was promoted to Soloist in 2012. Megan’s growing repertoire includes principal and leading roles in the classics Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Don Quichot, Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, and many others. She has performed Balanchine works including Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Symphony in C, Serenade, Agon, Four Temperments, and has danced a variety of other works by William Forsythe, Hansvan Manen, John Neumeier, Rudi van Dantzig, James Kudelka, Krzysztof Pastor, and Jiri Kylian. She has had the fortunate opportunity to work with renowned choreographers during the creations of many World Premieres: Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella (stepsister Edwina), Alexei Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un Lie Cher, Jorma Elo’s Sacre du Printemps and Carmen, and David Dawson’s Timelapse and Overture. Megan received a Bronze medal in the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, a Rudolf Nureyev Education Fellowship Award, and a Princess Grace nomination in 2006. She has also been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world.

In June 2013, Megan married ex-principal dancer and current filmmaker, Altin Kaftira.

Megan Zimny Kaftira in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Altin Kaftira.

Megan Zimny Kaftira in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Altin Kaftira.

See Megan at Together We Dance 3 at The Vets Thursday evening.

Remi Wörtmeyer and Megan Z. Kaftira at Aspire Restaurant yesterday evening.

WELCOME TO PROVIDENCE! Remi Wörtmeyer and Megan Z. Kaftira at Aspire Restaurant yesterday evening.

The best of the Ballet world deserves the best that Providence has to offer, which is why they’ll all be staying at the beautiful Hotel Providence, a generous season sponsor of Festival Ballet Providence.

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