SHE MOVES: Jessica Howard

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Jessica Howard

Jessica Howard

Beneath the Surface (Glamour Girl) is a solo inspired by the fact there is no unchanging self. To investigate this further and bring the concept to life in the performance the process was about uncovering the conscious moving body in how movement creates an image world or how the external world invokes movement choices. It was a discovery on how certain movements inspire thoughts or emotions and then as the performer how to translate and project that internal dialogue to the audience. Even though the movement is choreographed the beauty in performing is that constant metamorphous of each moment in the performance in that a movement might trigger a different thought/feeling or visceral response and/or how a external sensations (i.e. the room, the audience, the smell… all these stimuli) change the dynamic of how the movement is executed in that moment.

Jessica Howard. Photo by Kiqe Bosch

Jessica Howard. Photo by Kiqe Bosch

She Moves: A dance concert to benefit the Women’s Center of Rhode Island is a collaborative effort bringing together eleven of the strongest female voices in the Rhode Island contemporary dance community. Feb. 15, 6:00pm.

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SHE MOVES: Andrea Dawn Shelley

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Andrea Dawn Shelley

Andrea Dawn Shelley

After receiving an invitation to participate in She Moves, I wanted to seize this opportunity to create something new and use a piece of music that has been playing over and over on my playlist for about a year now. This new work, Deluge of Discontent is absolutely, 100%, musically driven. Inspiration is being drawn from the discord I continue to feel while listening to Philip Glass’, Etude No. 6. Being a long time disciple of Glass, I have always been seduced by his music because of the passion that his melodies ignite inside. His constant metronome, which is present in each and every score, never grows tiresome to my ear. It is this pulse which evokes excitement and always presents me with endless choreographic possibility. The music clearly tells a story and I’ve yet to decide what that story is; the story his music is prompting me to tell. However, the phrase “windows of appearances” keeps playing over and over in my head. Windows of appearances…

I am currently in the creation process and by choice, have yet to put the three dancers I’m using (including myself) in the same room. I’ve been working with each dancer separately to develop individual material and create a subconscious disconnect among the three. I anticipate that this disconnect will lend itself to the discord I’m seeking. This is also a new pairing of three very different dancers, with three very different voices; another source of endless inspiration. I will be as pleasantly surprised as the audience to see how this story unfolds. There will be an emotional journey of unrest, a discontented human affair constantly interrupted by a deluge of music and movement by an external party. I look forward to sharing this work in an intimate setting and look forward to how the environment will affect both the dancers and audience.

Photo by S.G.Hering

With Alan Alberto. Photo by S. G. Hering.

Listen to Philip Glass’ Etude No. 6:

She Moves: A dance concert to benefit the Women’s Center of Rhode Island is a collaborative effort bringing together eleven of the strongest female voices in the Rhode Island contemporary dance community. Feb. 15, 6:00pm.

Learn more and purchase tickets on our website.

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Two hot numbers for a cold winter

Tonight, temps are plunging to almost zero degrees, but you’d never know it from the rehearsals going on at the FBP Studios. The company is preparing two ballets for a special winter installment (Feb. 6-14) of its popular Black Box Theatre series Up Close on Hope. In an unusual departure from the “mixed repertory” type of program (which often consist of as many as twelve unique works); this program will present just two pieces:

SOLEDAD
Music: Astor Piazzolla
Choreography: Mihailo Djuric

Meaning “loneliness” in Spanish, Soledad is a spicy group work for five couples. Set to the stirring tangos of Astor Piazzolla, the work is brimming with latin flare and exciting choreography. Choreographed originally in 1995, the piece has endured thanks to clever musicality and timeless staging.

FBP company men in Soledad. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

FBP company men in Soledad. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

FBP Company women in Soledad. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

FBP Company women in Soledad. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

SCHEHERAZADE
Music: Rimsky-Korsakov
Choreography: Gianni Di Marco

Without a doubt, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a symphonic masterpiece – a composition as familiar as it is dramatic. Gianni Di Marco‘s 2005 ballet adaptation brings the rich drama to life in stunning, tragic detail. The passionate but forbidden romance of Zobeide and her lover, the Golden Slave, plays out with breathtaking spectacle. Longtime FBP dancer Jennifer Ricci, renowned for her portrayal of Zobeide in previous stagings, will reprise the role.

Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

BELOW: Listen to the epic score, as performed by the Vienna Philharmonic (while Di Marco’s adaptation leaves the score largely intact, it does omit some sections):

Tickets are available online, by phone (401-353-1129) or in person (825 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906).

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