The C Project – Louisa Chapman

FBP dancer and choreographer Louisa Chapman gives some insight into the creation of her piece for “The C Project”, titled “Eleanor Rigby” set to The Beatles song of the same name.

When researching Hepatitis C for this project, what most struck me were the testimonials of those affected by the disease. There was a pervading sense of loneliness and fear as ignorant friends turned against them, not knowing how the disease was spread. Parents feared that their children’s schools would find out and in many cases expel the child.

I chose The Beatles’ song, “Eleanor Rigby” because it was era appropriate for the generation most affected by the disease and captured the lonely and invisible feeling a Hepatitis C positive person might feel. It has been great working with dancers Beth Mochizuki and Alex Lantz who donated their talents and time. In the piece, Beth is searching for help, trying to get Alex to notice her but he remains stern and unyielding. He often falls into robotic walking along his own path, not to be bent or stopped by Beth.

I wanted the piece to end, however, with the feeling of hope that should fill the air on Saturday night so I added a section to “Let it be”. In this section Alex returns, acknowledging Beth’s trials and supporting her. They dance through it as a team. I hope this piece invites people to reach out to those dealing with Hepatitis C; to treat them with the same love and friendship they would want for themselves.

The more awareness there is about this disease, the easier that future should be.

– Louisa Chapman

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, around 7:30pm* on Saturday, July 26.

* This time has changed since our most recent post. “The C Project” performance will begin at 7:30pm, prior to the lighting of Waterfire. The braziers will be lit during “The C Project” intermission.

Louisa Chapman
Louisa Chapman

Originally from Midland, Texas Louisa Chapman grew up dancing at Midland Festival Ballet under Susan Clark. She attended summer programs including Milwaukee Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Joffrey New York, and Alonzo King Lines and was a regional finalist in Youth American Grand Prix and received the Southwest Regional Dance Association scholarship in 2009. She joined Nashville Ballet 2 in 2010 performing Swan Lake and Carmina Burana and the premiere of Gina Pattterson’s Anne Frank. In 2011 she joined BalletMet in Columbus, OH performing The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Carmen under the direction of Gerard Charles. Ms. Chapman joined Festival Ballet Providence in Rhode Island in 2012 . She has performed such works as fairy Coulante in The Sleeping Beauty, first Pas De Trois from Balanchine’s Agon, and the conductor in Viktor Plotnikov’s Sharps and Flats. Her choreographic works include Living Room Vignettes, performed by the company in March of 2014 and Prodigal, premiered at an arts festival in David, Panama in July.

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Photos from the Black Box Theatre

In the likely event that you’re already starting to miss our Black Box Theatre programs (sadly, Up Close on Hope and chatterBOXtheatre won’t be back until the 37th season) here are a few shots from our past two programs:

Congratulations to the FBP Company and the FBP Student Company dancers for a great run of chatterBOXtheatre and Up Close on Hope! And, thanks to our dedicated, enthusiastic audience who attended!

And thanks for the Twitter love, Brett Smiley!

 

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An Evening to Remember

We had a blast this past Monday at “An Evening in Neverland”, our spring fundraising gala that attracted some of our closest friends and most enthusiastic supporters. Thank you to all who came out and joined us for this beautiful event at Aspire Restaurant and Hotel Providence (our awesome season sponsors) celebrating the many ways that FBP excites and enriches the community through dance.

Thanks to Christine Manory for photographing the event. If you are interested in viewing the full catalog of photos or purchasing prints, please contact Christine at c.manory@yahoo.com

 

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A difficult loss

We are immensely saddened by the untimely passing of former FBP Company Dancer Jaclyn (Ricci) Snow. She was 36 years old.

“Today is a difficult day for the company,” said Mihailo (Misha) Djuric, artistic director. “Jaclyn was a student at the FBP school, and a company dancer for many years. She retired after our 25th Season, but she was never far from the company – she came back often to visit and take class,” Djuric said. “She supported the company by coming to every show and cheering us on. Jaclyn was a dear friend to FBP and truly part of our family.”

Jaclyn is survived by her husband Todd Snow; her sister, current FBP company dancer Jennifer Ricci; her brother John Michael Ricci; and parents John and Donna Ricci.

On behalf of all dancers, faculty, staff, students, and audience members who had the immense privilege of watching her dance, we extend our deepest condolences to the Ricci and Snow families during this difficult time.

– Festival Ballet Providence

Jaclyn Ricci as Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream_PHOTO BY THOMAS NOLA-RION
Jaclyn Ricci as Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion

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Former FBP Company Dancer Emily Bromberg returns for Together We Dance 3

Emily Bromberg as Cupid in FBP's 2006 production of Don Quixote
Emily Bromberg as Cupid in FBP’s 2006 production of Don Quixote. Photo by Thomasa Nola-Rion.

We are so excited to have Emily Bromberg return to the FBP stage for Together We Dance 3 on Thursday. Emily was an FBP Company dancer from 2002-2006 and during that time she danced many leading roles and established herself as a confident and beautiful dancer.

She and her partner Shimon Ito – both of whom are now dancers with Miami City Ballet, one of the world’s leading ballet companies – will dance a pas de deux titled “Viscera.”

“I am very excited to see my old student, Emily Bromberg perform again,” Artistic Director Misha Djuric said. “I have known her since she was nine years old when I was teaching in New Hampshire. She has really grown into such a wonderful, mature ballerina.”

“After she left for Miami, I remember reading in the New York Times  that [dance critic Alastair] McCaulay’s eye had dwelt on her,” Misha said. “When I read that, I smiled because I thought the same thing since the first moment I saw her in class when she was nine years old.”

Miami City Ballet dancers Emily Bromberg and Chase Swatosh in Polyphonia; Photo © Gio Alma.
Miami City Ballet dancers Emily Bromberg and Chase Swatosh in Polyphonia; Photo © Gio Alma.

Miami City Ballet dancer Emily Bromberg; Photo © Gio Alma.
Miami City Ballet dancer Emily Bromberg; Photo © Gio Alma.

Rhode Island audiences might remember her as Owen in the original cast of Viktor Plotnikov’s Widow’s Broom , The Sugar Plum Fairy in Mr. Djuric’s The Nutcracker,  and Kitri in FBP’s Don Quixote .

Don’t miss a minute of the excitement at Together We Dance 3 tomorrow at 7:30 at The Vets!

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Win FREE tickets to Together We Dance 3!

What's Your Passion? Tell us and win FREE TICKETS to Together We Dance 3!
What’s Your Passion? Tell us and win FREE TICKETS to Together We Dance 3!

This season, we’ve set out to find out what our audience is passionate about – and now is your chance to tell us AND have the opportunity to win free tickets!

Send us your videos telling us (or better yet, showing us) what your passion is and use the hashtag #FBPWhatsYourPassion on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. You can also e-mail a link to your submissions to contests@festivalballetprovidence.org

On October 2, three winners will be announced and each will receive four free tickets to Together We Dance 3 the next evening!

We know you’re passionate about SOMETHING, so get creative and show us your stuff!

Please be sure to check our contest rules page.

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Sonya Belousova’s Orchis now available on iTunes + Amazon.com

Well, there you have it straight from the composer herself. We, too, are very happy that Sonya Belousova’s original, commissioned score for last season’s groundbreaking premiere Orchis is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com!

Audiences were blown away by the eccentric, wide range of Sonya Belousova’s original score, striking a rich parallel to Viktor Plotnikov’s unique choreography. This young composer, who lives in Los Angeles, worked closely with Viktor for months to create the perfect score for his ballet.

Back in March, Viktor told RI Public Radio’s Bill Gale – “I listen to the music, what it tells me…and I have the piece.” Now you can listen for yourself and see what Sonya’s score says to you!

DOWNLOAD OPTIONS
via iTunes – http://bit.ly/12wSMFX
via Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/16EqNEZ

Enjoy every note until Orchis returns in March, 2014!

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Howdy, John Gardner!

#ThrowbackThursday is back with a good ol’ gem of our friend John Gardner – who is back at FBP teaching the last week of our Summer Intensive along with his wife, Amanda McKerrow.

Then-ABT Soloist John Garner in Agnes de Mille's "Rodeo" taken some time in the late 1980s.
Then-ABT Soloist John Garner in Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo” taken some time in the late 1980s.

This picture of John in Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo” was taken some time in the late 1980s when he was a soloist with ABT.

We loved having you guys here this week!

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Vilia and Mindaugas in Buffalo, NY

Congrats to Vilia and Mindaugas who performed in a summer concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday. Vilia and Mindaugas performed the adagio from Tchaikovksy pas de deux.

Photo by Matthew Masin, courtesy of The Buffalo News.
Photo by Matthew Masin, courtesy of The Buffalo News.

Check out photos and coverage from The Buffalo News here.

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Hope Street Spring Block Party

We can’t think of a better place to call home than Hope Street…a beautiful place to work, live, and play. We’re lucky and grateful to have such awesome neighbors on Hope Street!

It’s the perfect time of year for another Hope Street Block Party, sponsored by the Hope Street Merchants Association and Providence Monthly. This Saturday from Noon-6:00, come out and celebrate spring with the best neighborhood in Providence!

We’re excited to host another Beers for the Ballet fundraiser – for the second year – in our very own parking-lot-turned-beer-garden. Five local breweries are on board this year: Foolproof Brewing Company, Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Trinity Brewing, Narragansett Brewing Company and Newport Storm Brewery. Thanks to all of these great breweries for donating to our fundraiser!

Come out and support the ballet, enjoy great music from local bands, grab a bite from a gourmet food trucks, and take in the beautiful spring weather in Providence!

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