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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