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!
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!
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.
2 – A world premiere is great. A world premiere COMEDY is a blast!
3 – SO MUCH FABRIC!
How none of it ripped in the dark and treacherous backstage at The Vets is beyond us.
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.
5: Getting credit for an ENTIRE WEEKEND by the Providence Journal.
Hey, it WAS a beautiful weekend, wasn’t it? You’re welcome.
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.
10 – Discovering that Michelle Kwan was in the audience.
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.
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.
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!
Viktor Plotnikov’s newest work “Sharps and Flats” will be unveiled at Boundless Plotnikovin 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 Plotnikovvisit our website. Read the press release here.
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.
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.
The FBP School will be well represented this weekend, with more than two dozen students participating in the competition.
Sophia Ahn, Allyson Grant
Magnoly Batista, Hannah Yelnosky
“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
Together We Dance 3was 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.
We had a blast today meeting Remi and Megan, who just arrived from Amsterdam yesterday. They rehearsed both pas de deux they will be performing at Together We Dance 3 on Thursday at The Vets– Romeo and Juliet (Balcony pas de deux) and Don Quixote (Grande pas de deux). And they were spectacular!
Dutch National Ballet
Remi Wörtmeyer (originally from Australia) is one of the leading principal dancers in Europe; Dance Europe proclaimed Mr. Wörtmeyer fifteenth in a critical list of the world’s leading 100 dancers. Earlier in September, Mr. Wörtmeyer was awarded the Alexandra Radius prize, the top decoration for classical ballet in the Netherlands.
joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2010 as a grand sujet and was promoted to soloist the following year. He was promoted to principal dancer in January, 2013. He trained at the Australian Ballet School and went on to dance with The Australian Ballet in Melbourne and with American Ballet Theatre in New York for a year. He won the Walter Burke Award in 2005 and silver at the 8th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in 2001.
Check out this incredible compilation of his repertoire: