Two hot numbers for a cold winter

Tonight, temps are plunging to almost zero degrees, but you’d never know it from the rehearsals going on at the FBP Studios. The company is preparing two ballets for a special winter installment (Feb. 6-14) of its popular Black Box Theatre series Up Close on Hope. In an unusual departure from the “mixed repertory” type of program (which often consist of as many as twelve unique works); this program will present just two pieces:

SOLEDAD
Music: Astor Piazzolla
Choreography: Mihailo Djuric

Meaning “loneliness” in Spanish, Soledad is a spicy group work for five couples. Set to the stirring tangos of Astor Piazzolla, the work is brimming with latin flare and exciting choreography. Choreographed originally in 1995, the piece has endured thanks to clever musicality and timeless staging.

FBP company men in Soledad. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.
FBP company men in Soledad. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

FBP Company women in Soledad. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.
FBP Company women in Soledad. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

SCHEHERAZADE
Music: Rimsky-Korsakov
Choreography: Gianni Di Marco

Without a doubt, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a symphonic masterpiece – a composition as familiar as it is dramatic. Gianni Di Marco‘s 2005 ballet adaptation brings the rich drama to life in stunning, tragic detail. The passionate but forbidden romance of Zobeide and her lover, the Golden Slave, plays out with breathtaking spectacle. Longtime FBP dancer Jennifer Ricci, renowned for her portrayal of Zobeide in previous stagings, will reprise the role.

Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.
Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.
Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion.

BELOW: Listen to the epic score, as performed by the Vienna Philharmonic (while Di Marco’s adaptation leaves the score largely intact, it does omit some sections):

Tickets are available online, by phone (401-353-1129) or in person (825 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906).

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