The C Project – choreographer Shura Baryshnikov

Choreographer, Shura Baryshnikov, speaks about her choice of music for “The C Project.”

Crosby, Stills & Nash has been a favorite of mine since I was a young teenager — actually about the same age as the SDI students performing this work.  In particular, I remember finding such incredible beauty in the vocal harmonies — which I still deeply appreciate.  “Helplessly Hoping” is such a emotionally striking and tender song, requiring strong musicality and expression from the dancers, and I choose “Marrakesh Express” to help bring an upbeat and playful edge to the piece as well.  As David Crosby is also a Hepatitis C survivor — having received a liver transplant in the mid 90’s — it seemed an appropriate musical choice for this project as well.  Crosby had not known about his infection until quite late.  In fact, his liver function was down to only 20% when the Hepatitis C was discovered, requiring immediate and life-saving treatment.  Had he been tested earlier, as this campaign proposes, it is likely there could have been earlier intervention.

– Shura Baryshnikov

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, shortly after sunset at 8:11pm on Saturday, July 26.


Shura Baryshnikov
Shura Baryshnikov

FBP School faculty member Shura Baryshnikov is a Rhode Island-based educator, improvisor, dancer and movement designer.  She is a Teaching Associate in the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs and has also instructed at MIT, Dean College and Rhode Island College.  Recent theatrical choreography includes A Christmas Carol for Trinity Repertory Company, Cabaret for The Wilbury Group, and movement consulting for Trinity Rep’s Social Creatures.  Shura also choreographs and advises for Brown/Trinity MFA productions, including recent productions Stone Cold Dead Serious, Tango and Rhinoceros.  As a freelance dancer and performer, she has appeared in works by Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner-Brodsky and Betsy Miller, among others, and with Aerplaye Dance, American Dance Legacy Initiative, Festival Ballet Providence, Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Elemental Theatre Collective and Workhorse Theatre.  Shura’s contact improvisation project improv/in/sight was recently presented by the RISD Museum and performed in RISD’s Grand Gallery. 


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