Brenna DiFrancesco was born in Seekonk, MA where she currently lives. She began her training with the Brae Crest School of Ballet, official school of the State Ballet of Rhode Island under the guidance of Herci Marsden before joining Festival Ballet as a junior company member. Brenna performed the Don Quoxite pas de deux in Festival Ballet School’s culmination as well as Snow and Flower corps in The Nutcrackerand the role of Joan in Boyko Dossev’s Mother Goose Goes to Hollywood with the company. She also trained with The Nutmeg Conservatory and Orlando ballet, and The School of American Ballet. Brenna also completed in the Youth American Grand Prix competition placing second place in 2003 and first place in 2004. Brenna joined the company as a trainee in 2010 and looks forward to her third season with the company.
A native of Great Barrington, MA, Vincent trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and Berkshire Pulse in Western Massachusetts. He furthered his dance training at Indiana University on scholarships from the Jacob’s School of Music and the Hutton Honors College, graduating with a B.S. in Ballet and an Outside Field in Religious studies in 2011 (honors with high distinction). At Indiana University, Vincent danced the male principals in Valse Fantaisie, Allegro Brillante, and Glinka Pas de Trois (Balanchine), Melancholic in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and Cavalier, Snow Prince, and Trepak in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker. He also performed works by Ashton, Tudor, Tharp, and Nijinska. He has danced with Eglevsky Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing Flower Festival at Genzano and Balanchine’s Tarantella with Eglevsky Ballet. This is Mr. Brewer’s second season with Festival Ballet Providence.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Eugenia moved to the United States at a young age. She trained at the Boston Ballet School for 8 years and completed her final two years of school at University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Ethan Stiefel with a major in ballet. She spent a year training in New York City with Sara Knight before coming to FBP as a trainee. Eugenia has attended summer programs at Chautauqua, the Harid Conservatory, Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and American Academy of Ballet. She has performed in productions of Paquita, Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante, Coppelia, La Bayadere, TheSleeping Beauty, and other original works.
Lauren Sylvia was raised in Rochester, MA where she currently lives. She began training at FBP when she was nine years old, and two years later became a scholarship student. At the age of 13, she was accepted into the junior company. She attended summer intensive programs at FBP, Chautauqua, and CPYB. Lauren also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in 2009, 2010, and 2011. As a student, she has danced alongside the FBP company as a corps member in Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker, in which she also received the opportunity to perform the role of Clara. Lauren studies at Rhode Island College. This is her first season with FBP.
A lot can be said – and has been – about our breathtaking production of AGON & ORCHIS. But for now we yield to photographer and resident wordsmith A. Cemal Ekin, whose photographs inspired the long journey we now know as Orchis, which comes to a close this afternoon at The Vets.
Agon has world-wide recognition and rightly so for its ground breaking concept and initial performance in 1957. “Contest”, coming from Greek seems to be the element that drives Agon, but Orchis brings a new dimension to the “contest”.
The photographs of dead orchid flowers looming larger than life behind the very much alive dancers presented a different kind of contest, between life and death, stillness and movement, two-dimensional versus three-dimensional. In its power to captivate the audience’s imagination and excite their senses Orchis also entered the contest against the time-honored Agon.
Read more and see Cemal’s photos from Thursday’s dress rehearsal at his blog: KeptLight.com
Originally from Worcester, Mass., Shela began her training at Performing Arts School of Worcester and later, Ballet Arts Worcester. From there, she was accepted into the Kirov Academy of Ballet where she trained for three years, under the direction of Lyubov Fominich, Marianna Lobanova, Elena Tenchikova and graduated in May, 2012. She attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Miamy City Ballet, and most recently, Festival Ballet Providence, where she was accepted as a trainee. This is her first season with FBP.