Sandra Jennings on Agon history, FBP’s strengths

Balanchine Trust repetiteur Sandra Jennings tells us about the history of Agon and the high level of technique and artistry that Festival Ballet Providence is bringing to this wonderful ballet.

Agon choreography by George Balanchine. © The George Balanchine Trust. Video produced by Embee Studio.

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8 days until AGON & ORCHIS

FBP company in rehearsal for Orchis. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin
FBP company in rehearsal for Orchis. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin

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9 days until AGON & ORCHIS

FBP company dancers Mindaugas Bauzys and Vilia Putrius in rehearsal for Orchis. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.
FBP company dancers Mindaugas Bauzys and Vilia Putrius in rehearsal for Orchis. Photo by A. Cemal Ekin.

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Meet the Dancers: Kara Gentile

Kara Gentile, FBP trainee
Kara Gentile, FBP trainee

Originally from Glocester, RI, she began her training with Festival Ballet at a young age. Kara danced with FBP as a scholarship student and also as a membr of the junior company. She has participated in the Joffrey summer intensive New York and attended Festival Ballet’s Trainee summer intensive program in 2011. Kara has also competed in Youth America Grand Prix in 2010 and 2011. With Festival she has danced a variety of roles in The Nutcracker, including Clara and snow corps. This is her second season with Festival Ballet Providence as a company trainee.

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10 days until AGON & ORCHIS

FBP company dancer Ian Matysiak in rehearsal for Agon. Photo by A, Cemal Ekin.
FBP company dancer Ian Matysiak in rehearsal for Agon. Photo by A, Cemal Ekin.

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All Aboard for AGON & ORCHIS!

All Aboard for AGON & ORCHIS!

In downtown Providence, it’s hard to get much closer to the Providence Train Station than The Vets, where we are presenting Agon & Orchis March 8, 9, and 10.

Taking the train to Providence from Boston (or anywhere in-between) saves time and money, not to mention the headache of traffic and parking. The commuter rail originates at Boston’s South Station, served by the Red Line subway.

All Aboard for AGON & ORCHIS!

Friday, March 8, 8:00pm curtain. Depart Boston at 6:10pm; arrive in Providence at 7:13pm.

Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm curtain. Depart Boston at 4:35pm; arrive in Providence at 5:40pm (grab dinner in the city before heading to the show)

Sunday, March 10, 2:00pm curtain. Depart Boston at 11:05am; arrive in Providence at 12:15pm (sit down for brunch or walk the RI State House grounds before going to the theater)

However you choose to come, just make sure to get to The Vets for a double-bill of groundbreaking ballets! For more info on Agon & Orchis, click here.

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Meet the Dancers: Casey Dolson

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Casey Dolson, FBP Trainee
Casey Dolson, FBP Trainee

Originally from Palm Harbor, FL, Casey began her training at the age of 12. She trained with America’s Ballet School and has attended various summer programs including Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Festival Ballet Providence. In 2009 she attended Orlando Ballet as a trainee, performing in The Nutcracker, and Peter Stark’s Cinderella. Most previously, she has danced with Sarasota Ballet as an apprentice, performing in Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Donizetti Variations, Who Cares?, and Serenade. She has also performed in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Façade, Will Tucket’s Spielende Kinder, and Yuri Possokhov’s Firebird. This is Casey’s first season with Festival Ballet Providence.

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Meet the Dancers: Louisa Chapman

Louisa Chapman, FBP trainee
Louisa Chapman, FBP trainee

Today we are beginning a new series featuring each of our trainees, apprentices, and company dancers. We think this is a great way to meet the unique and talented artists that are the heart of this great company. Keep checking back to see all the interviews throughout the rest of our season.

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Sandra Jennings on the importance of Balanchine’s Agon

We sat down with Balanchine Trust repetiteur Sandra Jennings to give us her insight into  George Balanchine’s masterpiece Agon.

Check out the video below: 

Having danced for many years with New York City Ballet under Balanchine’s direction, Jennings’ perspective is unique and valuable to FBP. Also in this video, FBP company dancers Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys performing a pas de deux from Agon during Together We Dance 2, October, 2012.

Agon choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Video produced by Embee Studio. Performance video by Norman Turner.

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Agon & Orchis Valentine’s Day Sale

AO Valentine's Day Sale
Orchid photo by A. Cemal Ekin

Give the gift of groundbreaking ballet this season by purchasing AGON & ORCHIS tickets at a huge discount. For one day only on Feb. 14, 2013, every seat in the Vets will be 20% off. There’s no better time to buy tickets for this amazing production.

Don’t miss your chance to see this monumental production at an incredible discount!

To Purchase Tickets:
IN PERSON Vets Box Office (One Avenue of the Arts, Providence) or PPAC Box Office (220 Weybosset St., Providence); BY PHONE 401-421-ARTS; or ONLINE by clicking here and using code VALENTINE

Happy Valentine’s Day from Festival Ballet Providence!

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