FBP’s 37th Season gets off to an impressive start with a brand-new program of Up Close on Hope, running November 1 – 21.
The program features a total of nine works, including four World Premieres, two Company Premieres, one new commissioned musical score, and two new additions to the FBP’s growing choreographic team. This Up Close on Hope promises to be one of the best programs ever, jam-packed with tender romance, raw emotion, striking contemporary works and stunningly danced classical works.
On the classical side, the program offers a famous pas de deux from Act I of Giselle – Peasant Pas de Deux. Also on the bill is the seventh waltz from Chopiniana (Les Sylphides), a poetic ballet by Russian choreographer Michel Fokine set to the hugely influential romantic composer Frédéric Chopin.
Choreographer Ilya Kozadayev makes his Up Close on Hope debut with two powerhouse ballets. Moonlight – a World Premiere – is a beautiful contemporary pas de deux set to the iconic and moving “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven. His second contribution, Molto Espressivo, is brimming with powerful partnering for two couples; the ballet was originally choreographed for Houston Ballet.
After making her FBP choreographic debut with Living Room Vignettes in March, 2014, Louisa Chapman returns to Up Close on Hope with a four-part ballet titled The Elements, conceptually and choreographically exploring water, fire, air, and earth. At the premiere of Vignettes, RI NPR’s Bill Gale said “there’s passion and budding talent” in Chapman’s work (read the full review of that program).
Viktor Plotnikov is back with a brand-new work set to a brand-new commissioned score by Sonya Belousova. The duo worked together on FBP’s groundbreaking collaborative Orchis in 2012, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to partner again on this new ballet. Part of the inspiration for the ballet’s movements comes from a music video that Viktor choreographed this summer, for Boston-based band The Bynars, which featured two FBP dancers – Alex Lantz and Kirsten Evans. It’s not often that music videos feature ballet with this much skill and focus, but this one definitely hits the mark:
There’s much more in store for the first of three Up Close on Hope programs this season. Get the dates and purchase tickets or subscriptions online (with our snazzy new online system) on our website –> HERE
Read the press release [PDF] for a full listing of choreographers, composers, and works.Share