Ty Parmenter’s new work “Glauben Sie mir”

Ty Parmenter, Company Dancer
Ty Parmenter, Company Dancer

My piece for Program 1 of Up Close on Hope is titled Glauben Sie mir. The piece is for three dancers one woman and two men and is danced to music by Mozart as well as dialogue from an old film. I like to think of it as a reflection on my life at this moment. My wife and I have recently returned to Providence after being away for the past eight years. As well at the beginning of the creation we were expecting our first child, and now we have a beautiful son. So needless to say, a lot of changes some familiar and some not so have helped shape the work.

It has been difficult to make the switch between choreographer and dancer in Up Close on Hope Program 1. It’s a very different focus that I have to have. When I’m in the front of the room creating I am not only managing the three dancers in front of me but I’m trying to navigate the music, think of how the dancers should be dressed, the lighting; all the while I’m creating movement that looks good on the dancers while staying sincere to what I’m trying to convey. As a dancer I’m focused just on executing the movement given to me as best as I can whether it’s in a solo or when I’m working with a partner.

Ty Parmenter, re-joins FBP after dancing at other companies. He was a dancer from 2003-2006. He and his wife – Marissa, (also a FBP company dancer) – recently celebrated the birth of their first baby, Miles.

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Ty and Marissa with their son Miles
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Hitting the ground running

FBP’s 37th Season gets off to an impressive start with a brand-new program of Up Close on Hope, running November 1 – 21.

The program features a total of nine works, including four World Premieres, two Company Premieres, one new commissioned musical score, and two new additions to the FBP’s growing choreographic team. This Up Close on Hope promises to be one of the best programs ever, jam-­packed with tender romance, raw emotion, striking contemporary works and stunningly danced classical works.

Jennifer Ricci as Giselle and Gleb Lyamenkoff as Albrecht. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.
Jennifer Ricci as Giselle and Gleb Lyamenkoff as Albrecht. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

On the classical side, the program offers a famous pas de deux from Act I of GisellePeasant Pas de Deux. Also on the bill is the seventh waltz from Chopiniana (Les Sylphides), a poetic ballet by Russian choreographer Michel Fokine set to the hugely influential romantic composer Frédéric Chopin.

Choreographer Ilya Kozadayev makes his Up Close on Hope debut with two powerhouse ballets. Moonlight – a World Premiere – is a beautiful contemporary pas de deux set to the iconic and moving “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven. His second contribution, Molto Espressivo, is brimming with powerful partnering for two couples; the ballet was originally choreographed for Houston Ballet.

After making her FBP choreographic debut with Living Room Vignettes in March, 2014, Louisa Chapman returns to Up Close on Hope with a four-part ballet titled The Elements, conceptually and choreographically exploring water, fire, air, and earth. At the premiere of Vignettes, RI NPR’s Bill Gale said “there’s passion and budding talent” in Chapman’s work (read the full review of that program).

Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov's "Orchis." Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.
Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.” Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

Viktor Plotnikov is back with a brand-new work set to a brand-new commissioned score by Sonya Belousova. The duo worked together on FBP’s groundbreaking collaborative Orchis in 2012, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to partner again on this new ballet. Part of the inspiration for the ballet’s movements comes from a music video that Viktor choreographed this summer, for Boston-based band The Bynars, which featured two FBP dancers – Alex Lantz and Kirsten Evans. It’s not often that music videos feature ballet with this much skill and focus, but this one definitely hits the mark:

There’s much more in store for the first of three Up Close on Hope programs this season. Get the dates and purchase tickets or subscriptions online (with our snazzy new online system) on our website –> HERE

Read the press release [PDF] for a full listing of choreographers, composers, and works.

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