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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VIDEO PREVIEW – Surrender & Orchis

Check out clips from Viktor Plotnikov’s “Surrender” and “Orchis” in this video preview of Boundless Plotnikov:

Thanks to our friends at Embee Studio for putting this awesome feature together!

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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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Meet Remi Wörtmeyer

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!

Remi Wörtmeyer
Remi Wörtmeyer

REMI WÖRTMEYER
Principal Dancer
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:

Remi Wortmeyer in Forsythe's "The Second Detail." Photo by Angela Sterling.
Remi Wortmeyer in Forsythe’s “The Second Detail.” Photo by Angela Sterling.

 Visit Remi’s website: http://remiwortmeyer.wordpress.com/

A few moments of Remi and Megan in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet this morning. Thanks to Harry Yamakawa for the pics:

Remi + Megan

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