The C Project – choreographer Shura Baryshnikov

Choreographer, Shura Baryshnikov, speaks about her choice of music for “The C Project.”

Crosby, Stills & Nash has been a favorite of mine since I was a young teenager — actually about the same age as the SDI students performing this work.  In particular, I remember finding such incredible beauty in the vocal harmonies — which I still deeply appreciate.  “Helplessly Hoping” is such a emotionally striking and tender song, requiring strong musicality and expression from the dancers, and I choose “Marrakesh Express” to help bring an upbeat and playful edge to the piece as well.  As David Crosby is also a Hepatitis C survivor — having received a liver transplant in the mid 90’s — it seemed an appropriate musical choice for this project as well.  Crosby had not known about his infection until quite late.  In fact, his liver function was down to only 20% when the Hepatitis C was discovered, requiring immediate and life-saving treatment.  Had he been tested earlier, as this campaign proposes, it is likely there could have been earlier intervention.

– Shura Baryshnikov

The C Project is a collaboration between Festival Ballet Providence, RI Defeats Hepatitis C and WaterFire Providence, the program aims to bring awareness to the Hepatitis C virus, which affects 1 in 30 baby-boomers, many of whom don’t even know they are infected.

The free outdoor performance will take place at the Waterplace Park amphitheater, shortly after sunset at 8:11pm on Saturday, July 26.

 

Shura Baryshnikov
Shura Baryshnikov

FBP School faculty member Shura Baryshnikov is a Rhode Island-based educator, improvisor, dancer and movement designer.  She is a Teaching Associate in the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs and has also instructed at MIT, Dean College and Rhode Island College.  Recent theatrical choreography includes A Christmas Carol for Trinity Repertory Company, Cabaret for The Wilbury Group, and movement consulting for Trinity Rep’s Social Creatures.  Shura also choreographs and advises for Brown/Trinity MFA productions, including recent productions Stone Cold Dead Serious, Tango and Rhinoceros.  As a freelance dancer and performer, she has appeared in works by Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner-Brodsky and Betsy Miller, among others, and with Aerplaye Dance, American Dance Legacy Initiative, Festival Ballet Providence, Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Elemental Theatre Collective and Workhorse Theatre.  Shura’s contact improvisation project improv/in/sight was recently presented by the RISD Museum and performed in RISD’s Grand Gallery. 

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Dancing through Summer

Alan Alberto, FBP Company Dancer
Alan Alberto, FBP Company Dancer

A few thoughts from Alan Alberto, Summer Dance Intensive Director-

The FBP Company may be on their summer hiatus, but in the studios there’s plenty of dance getting underway!

SDI 2014

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We’ve been enthusiastically preparing for our Summer Dance Intensive 2014 and it’s finally arrived! It’s hard to believe the time has finally come – preparations have taken more than 9 months, and Mary Ann and I traveled to 12 cities on our National Audition Tour (Sponsored by MotionWear). Now, we are excited to host 105 students at FBP over the next six weeks in both the Senior and Junior intensives.

Our program is aimed to challenge, encourage, excite, and ultimately improve the technique and ability of our students. The rigorous curriculum includes a wide array of classes – from ballet and pointe, to modern and jazz, to men’s classes and even a few field trips!

The Senior and Junior programs will each have their own culminating performances in the FBP Black Box Theatre. All of these are open to the public, and we invite you to see what we have been working on this summer!

  • Senior Intensive performances: July 25, 4:00pm, 7:30pm; Tickets: $25
  • Junior Intensive performance: August 8, 4:00pm; Tickets: $15

The Senior Intensive performances will have an intermission reception with hors d’oeuvres. Tickets will be available for SDI 2014 families on June 28, and will go on sale to the public on July 14.

THE C PROJECT

I’m very excited to announce that we will be returning to Waterfire to perform during the July 26 lighting. The entire evening is called “C is for Cure”, focused on raising awareness about the Hepatitis C virus, in partnership with RI Defeats Hep C.

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The performance will take place at the amphitheater at Waterplace Park in the evening on the July 26th. I will pass along further details as we get closer to the event.

“The C Project” will involve dancers from SDI 2014 performing works by three choreographers: Shura Baryshnikov, Ashley Perez, and Andrea Dawn Shelley. FBP Company Dancers will be featured in a piece yet to be determined, but sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Together, these works will represent a unique and powerful collaboration between artists and the medical community to raise awareness about Hepatitis C.

Summer Dance Intensive students during an afternoon performance at Waterplace park in 2011.
Summer Dance Intensive students during an afternoon performance at Waterplace park in 2011.

Open Classes for the Masses

Dance is an experience worth sharing. There are plenty of ways to “partake” in dance this summer, and one of the most exciting – and rewarding – is by taking one of our Adult Ballet classes offered throughout the summer.

Our Adult classes are intended for a wide range of ages and abilities, offered in a supportive, inclusive environment. There are two levels (Beginner & Intermediate) of Ballet and Modern, as well as one level of Conditioning. The full schedule can be found here.

Adult Students in class earlier this week
Adult Students in class earlier this week

It’s going to be a fantastic few months here at FBP, and I can’t wait to see you in the audience, or the studio, or both!

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Peter Pan Library Workshops

It’s always a real joy to stop by Providence Community Library branches to share the magic of dance with some of our youngest fans. Last week, we had a packed schedule with workshops and demonstrations at five different libraries around Providence.

The kids at each of the locations had a great time, as did the FBP dancers who made it a memory the participants won’t soon forget. They made angel wings (for the girls) and pirate hats (for the boys) and saw a short excerpt of our upcoming production of Peter Pan. They even learned a few steps themselves!

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A big THANK YOU to Providence Community Library staff and volunteers, and our wonderful Educational Outreach coordinator Louisa Chapman who coordinated the workshops and even led a few of them herself!

 

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10 reasons why we loved performing Boundless Plotnikov

Boundless Plotnikov wrapped up yesterday, and before turning our attention to the three remaining programs in our season, we wanted to take a final look back at a beautiful weekend of dance, humor, and a few surprises!

1 – Contemporary choreography is always exciting.

There wasn’t a tutu in sight.

FBP Company in Viktor Plotnikov's "Orchis." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
FBP Company in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Ilya Burov in Viktor Plotnikov's "Orchis." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Ilya Burov in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Vilia Putrius (left) and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov's "Orchis." Photo and GIF animation by A. Cemal Ekin.
Vilia Putrius (left) and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.” Photo and GIF animation by A. Cemal Ekin.

 

2 – A world premiere is great. A world premiere COMEDY is a blast!

Louisa Chapman (center) with FBP Company in Viktor Plotnikov's "Sharps and Flats." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Louisa Chapman (center) with FBP Company in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Sharps and Flats.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Jaime DeRocker and Kirsten Evans in Viktor Plotnikov's "Sharps and Flats." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Jaime DeRocker and Kirsten Evans in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Sharps and Flats.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

FBP comapny in "Sharps and Flats." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
FBP comapny in “Sharps and Flats.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Alan Alberto (left), Louisa Chapman (center), and FBP company in Viktor Plotnikov's "Sharps and Flats." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Alan Alberto (left), Louisa Chapman (center), and FBP company in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Sharps and Flats.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Louisa Chapman (left), Kara Gentile (aloft), and Dylan Giles in Viktor Plotnikov's "Sharps and Flats." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Louisa Chapman (left), Kara Gentile (aloft), and Dylan Giles in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Sharps and Flats.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

FBP company in Viktor Plotnikov's "Sharps and Flats." Photos and GIF animation by A. Cemal Ekin.
FBP company in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Sharps and Flats.” Photos and GIF animation by A. Cemal Ekin.

 

3 – SO MUCH FABRIC!

How none of it ripped in the dark and treacherous backstage at The Vets is beyond us.

Vilia Putrius (left) and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov's "Surrender." Photo by a. Cemal Ekin.
Vilia Putrius (left) and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Surrender.” Photo by a. Cemal Ekin.

Ruth Whitney (center) in Viktor Plotnikov's "Surrender." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Ruth Whitney (center) in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Surrender.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov's "Surrender." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Surrender.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

 

4 – Being a giant dried Orchid blossom is…a unique responsibility.

Moving in slow-motion while the cast is going full-throttle around you is an added bonus.

Dylan Giles in Viktor Plotnikov's "Orchis." Costume design by Toots Zynsky. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Dylan Giles in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.” Costume design by Toots Zynsky. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Dylan Giles (left), Ruth Whitney (center), and Kirsten Evans in Viktor Plotnikov's "Orchis." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Dylan Giles (left), Ruth Whitney (center), and Kirsten Evans in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

 

5: Getting credit for an ENTIRE WEEKEND by the Providence Journal.

Hey, it WAS a beautiful weekend, wasn’t it? You’re welcome.

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Ok, the ProJo did change it after a few days.

 

6 – DRAMA.

Need we say more?

Vilia Putrius (right) in Viktor Plotnikov's "Surrender." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Vilia Putrius (right) in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Surrender.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Vilia Putrius (below) and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov's "Surrender." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Vilia Putrius (below) and Mindaugas Bauzys in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Surrender.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

Vilia Putrius in Viktor Plotnikov's "Surrender." Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Vilia Putrius in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Surrender.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

 

7 – Performing at The Vets.

In one of the most beautiful parts of Providence!

 

8 – Badass maestro Francisco Noya.

An awesome addition to an awesome new ballet.

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9 – Viktor Plotnikov.

The fact that three ballets – ranging from intense drama, to witty humor, to mysterious beauty – came from the brain of a single person is a true testament to Viktor’s “boundless” creative ability. The fact that he’s a really cool guy is an added bonus.

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Viktor Plotnikov (center) with Kara Gentile in "Sharps and Flats" rehearsal. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
Viktor Plotnikov (center) with Kara Gentile in “Sharps and Flats” rehearsal. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

 

10 – Discovering that Michelle Kwan was in the audience.

And she knows what “art in motion” is!

 

THANK YOU!

We are immensely proud of the FBP company and artistic staff for their hard work on Boundless Plotnikov. And we are thankful to our devoted audience for your enthusiastic support and admiration throughout the process.

A heartfelt thank you to all.

We’ll see you in two weeks for Up Close on Hope!

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In Rehearsal – “Surrender”

Surrender, Viktor Plotnikov’s “dance-drama” that captivated audiences when FBP first premiered it at the 2011 Belgrade Dance Festival returns to where it was created for a poignant homecoming in Boundless Plotnikov.

Photos by A. Cemal Ekin.

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A breathtaking counter-balance and descent

Watch as Vilia Putrius is lowered to the floor by partner Mindaugas Bauzys in an extraordinary moment from Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.”

[Animated GIF] Vilia Putrius being lowered to the floor in their pas de deux in Viktor Plotnikov's "Orchis." Photos and animation by A. Cemal Ekin.
[Animated GIF] Vilia Putrius being lowered to the floor in their pas de deux in Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.” Photos and animation by A. Cemal Ekin.
The counter-balanced descent (which takes much longer than this animation depicts) elicited gasps and applause from the audience last season.

Vilia Putrius (left), Mindaugas Bauzys (center), and Dylan Giles in a 2013 stage rehearsal for Viktor Plotnikov's "Orchis."
Vilia Putrius (left), Mindaugas Bauzys (center), and Dylan Giles in a 2013 stage rehearsal for Viktor Plotnikov’s “Orchis.” Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

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In Rehearsal – “Orchis”

The eager anticipation for “Orchis” to return to the stage has been building ever since the curtain came down on its March, 2013 world-premiere. Below are a few shots from a recent rehearsal as the ballet takes shape again, for a much-deserved encore!

Photos by A. Cemal Ekin.

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In Rehearsal – Viktor Plotnikov’s “Sharps and Flats”

Viktor Plotnikov’s newest work “Sharps and Flats” will be unveiled at Boundless Plotnikov in less than a week! Check out some shots (in the gallery below) from a recent rehearsal for the lighthearted ballet centered around an eccentric, quirky orchestra.

For more information about Boundless Plotnikov visit our website. Read the press release here.

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FBP welcomes Youth America Grand Prix to Providence!

FBP is proud to welcome Youth America Grand Prix to Providence this weekend for their regional semi-final competition! YAGP is America’s largest student ballet scholarship competition, bringing together young talent from around the world in their annual competition.

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The competition will be held at The Vets beginning tomorrow (2/7) and concluding Saturday (2/8). The awards ceremony at the theater will be on Sunday (2/9) from 3:00-4:30.

We are also excited to host workshops and master classes at the FBP studios on Saturday evening and all day Sunday. The halls will be filled with talented young dancers eager to learn from each other and the many renowned dance professionals that YAGP has tapped to lead these classes.

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FBP Company Dancer and former YAGP finalist Kirsten Evans giving some last minute coaching to our participants.

The FBP School will be well represented this weekend, with more than two dozen students participating in the competition.

Solo participants:

  • Lucy Ehrlich
  • Olivia Kaczmarzyk
  • Olivia Lucianno
  • Isabella Maclea
  • Lan Pricolo
  • Jane Schiavone

Duet participants:

  • Sophia Ahn, Allyson Grant
  • Magnoly Batista, Hannah Yelnosky

Ensemble participants:

  • “Brass on Brass” choreography by Shura Baryshnikov.
    • Tanith Benedick, Mikaela Dalton, Lucy Ehrlich, Julia Feeley, Symone Gilbert, Olivia Kaczmarzyk, Sophia Kaczmarzyk, Joseph Lynch, Isabella Maclea, Brandon McGuirk, Alexandra Morris, Suzanne Paolucci, Lan Pricolo, Jane Schiavone, Alexandra Tabachnikov, Emma Zubiago
  • “IF Parasols” choreography by Mary Ann Mayer.
    • Sophia Ahn, Magnoly Batista Tatis, Kyra Benedick, Tanith Benedick, Mikaela Dalton, Julia Feeley, Allyson Grant, Olivia Kaczmarzyk, Isabella Maclea, Audrey MCCarthy, Lan Pricolo, Jane Schiavone, Catherine Vandermillen, Kailey Williams, Hannah Yelnosky.

See the full schedule for this weekend’s competition here.

We wish all of our students and all of the participants the best of luck this weekend! Have fun!

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Together We Dance 3 – A last look

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.

(All photos by Thomas Nola-Rion)

Thank you to the wonderful guest dancers, the FBP Company and School, and to our loyal audience for being there to capture it all!

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