Meet the Dancers: Mindaugas Bauzys

Mindaugas Bauzys
Mindaugas Bauzys

Born in Lithuania, Mr. Bauzys graduated from Vilnius Ballet School, joining the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre where he was a principal dancer.He continued his training at the Copenhagen Bournonwille Summer Academy and the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. He was a principal dancer with Ballet Arlington and a soloist with Boston Ballet, performing lead roles in: Cinderella, Snow White and Seven Dwarves, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Chipolino, Raymonda, Daphnis and Chloe, Tchaikovsky, Carmen, Greek Zorba, Don Quixote, Le Spectre de la Rose, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Artist’s Life, Venetian Carnival, Hamlet, Apollo, Divertimento # 15, Allegro Brillante, Eldar Aliev’s A Thousand and One Nights and many modern numbers composed for him. Mr. Bauzys also performed as a guest artist in the USA, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and, in 2000, he performed in Vladimir Vasilyev’s anniversary Gala at Bolshoi Theatre. . Mr. Bauzys was also honored as Ballet Artist of the Year and he received the St. Christopher’s Prize from the Lithuanian Theatre Union while becoming the laureate in the arts category of the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, The Arts and Science. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, which was given by the Lithuanian President.. He is also married to company dancer Vilia Putrius. This is Mr. Bauzys’ fifth season with FBP.

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Photos from the second weekend of Up Close on Hope

Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto in Grand Pas Classique from the second of three weekends of Up Close on Hope
Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto in Grand Pas Classique from the second of three weekends of Up Close on Hope

See more photos from the performances this weekend from photographer A. Cemal Ekin’s blog: KeptLight.com

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Meet the Dancers: Alan Alberto

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

Born in Daly City, California, Alan Alberto began his formal ballet training at 15 with Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris in Miami, Florida. A year later he was accepted to the Harid Conservatory, FL from which he graduated in 2005. Upon graduating he was accepted to the Vaganova Ballet Academy, formally known as the Kirov Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the Academy he studied under the direction of Yuri Ivanovich Umrijin. Once completing his studies and returning to the US he began working as a company member with Nashville Ballet. To further develop his career he moved to NYC and began working as a freelance artist with Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Ballet X, and New Chamber Ballet. In 2010 he was invited to join the Croatian National Theater in Split as a Soloist. Highlights from his career include Grande Pas from La Bayadere; Twyla Tharp’s Octet; Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream; Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle; Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty and other soloist roles in Concerto Barocco, The Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, and Zorba the Greek. This is his first season with Festival Ballet of Providence.

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Meet the Dancers: Madeleine Issa, Apprentice

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Madeleine Issa
Madeleine Issa, Apprentice

Madeleine Issa was born and raised in Providence, RI. She began her training with the school of The State Ballet of Rhode Island, until her final year of training, where she continued study at the Festival Ballet Providence School as a Junior Company member. In addition to this training, she also attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet, and Orlando Ballet. In 2010, Ms. Issa competed with her peers from Festival Ballet Providence in the Youth American Grand Prix. In the same year, she completed the summer intensive at Festival Ballet, and was invited to join the company as a trainee. She studies part-time at the University of Rhode Island. This is Ms. Issa’s third season with the company.

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Choreographer and FBP dancer Alex Lantz on his new work “Sides of Farewell”

Alex Lantz
Alex Lantz is a first-year company dancer with Festival Ballet Providence

For me this dance was a journey through the variety of emotions you go through when you leave someone or someplace that was dear to you. I tried to go through what I felt when I left my most recent home to come here and I narrowed it down to four distinct feelings:

Defeated.

Inspired.

Distraught.

Serene.

The spring program of FBP’s Up Close on Hope will feature the world-premiere of Lantz’s “Sides of Farewell” along with nine other pieces. For more information on Up Close on Hope, visit our website. 

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Choreographer and FBP dancer Vilia Putrius on her new work, “Musica”

Vilia Putrius is an FBP company dancer and a frequent choreographer for Up Close on Hope
Vilia Putrius is an FBP company dancer and a frequent choreographer for Up Close on Hope

I called my piece of choreography “Musica.” I was very inspired by this beautiful tango composed by Astor Piazzolla and for a long while wanted to choreograph, but always felt, that it wasn’t the right time. It grew inside of me and I feel ready now.
In the choreography three dancers represent three different musical instruments: violin, piano and bass.
Also the sounds of these instruments represent three people, living their lives, facing the reality and fighting for their happiness.
It’s not a traditional Argentinian Tango, I use a contemporary dance language to express my emotions in the movement. The piece starts with a sound effect of a heartbeat, which to me symbolizes, that before man creates anything beautiful, it has to do with man being alive, feeling the inspiration and passion in his heart. I am so fortunate to be able to work with 6 amazing FBP dancers Jennifer Ricci, Ruth Bronwen Whitney, Alan Alberto, Alex Lantz, Ian Matysiak and Harunaga Yamakawa. There’s two casts dancing “Musica” and it makes me so happy to see how different each dancer interprets my choreography. Both casts are wonderful and bring their own colors to the piece.
Also I would like to thank audio engineer Bill Whitney for creating a sound effects and editing the music for my choreography.

The spring program of FBP’s Up Close on Hope will feature the world-premiere of Putrius’ “Musica” along with nine other pieces. For more information on Up Close on Hope, visit our website. 

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Meet the Dancers: Dylan Giles, Apprentice

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Dylan Giles, Apprentice
Dylan Giles, Apprentice

Dylan began his training at the age of 6 at the Raleigh School of Ballet in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the pre-professional company Raleigh Dance Theatre he performed in Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty and new works by Artistic Director Mary LeGere. He also performed with Carolina Ballet in various productions between 2002 and 2008. He continued his training at summer programs at North Carolina Dance Theatre, Boston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. In 2008 he joined Indiana University Ballet Theater where he performed in Balanchine’s RubiesAllegro Brillante, and Who Cares? He also performed the roles of Arabian and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Journalism. This is his second season with Festival Ballet.

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Meet the Dancers: Lauren Sylvia, trainee

Lauren Sylvia, trainee
Lauren Sylvia, trainee

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.

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AGON & ORCHIS OPENS TODAY

The day has come. After months of tireless planning and countless rehearsals AGON & ORCHIS opens TODAY!

AGON & ORCHIS Opens Today
FBP company in Agon & Orchis rehearsal last night. Photos by A. Cemal Ekin. Agon choreography by George Balanchine. © The George Balanchine Trust.

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1 day until AGON & ORCHIS

FBP Company in Orchis rehearsal. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
FBP Company in Orchis rehearsal. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

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