Leticia Guerrero as Carmen

Viktor Plotnikov's Carmen
Performing Arts Center
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
1 Avenue of the Arts
Providence RI
October 3* & 4 at 730pm
October 5 at 230pm
Prices: $12.00 to $50.00*
VMA Box Office: 401-272-4862
* $5.00 off on Friday Tickets!
Also student half price rush tickets one hour before curtain
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Presents Viktor Plotnikov's Carmen

Festival Ballet Providence opens its 26th Anniversary season October 3 thru 5, 2003, at VMA Arts & Cultural Center with the world premiere of Viktor Plotnikov's exciting production of Carmen.

In planning the Company's 26th season, Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric had hoped to bring audiences a season opener that would be truly memorable. Having seen Mr. Plotnikov's choreography in several Boston venues, Mr. Djuric approached the Boston Ballet principal dancer to create Carmen for his Providence-based company. He was drawn to Plotnikov's bold and riveting emotional choreography, qualities that would be ideal for an exciting, new production of Carmen, and qualities that would draw followers of Festival Ballet Providence's passionate, inspiring productions. Djuric also has a keen interest in promoting the work of emerging choreographers, and his belief is that Plotnikov can be one of the greats. The creation of this two-act production for the 20-member Providence Company will be Plotnikov's most ambitious project to date.

Plotnikov admits being very excited about Carmen. This is his first opportunity to create a large, full-length work on a professional company, a work that will be fully staged at the 2,100 seat VMA Arts & Cultural Center. A big step up from his training ground creating shorter ballets for workshops, fund-raisers, and group shows, this is the real thing. Plotnikov finds himself deeply attracted to the dramatic element of Carmen, and how his interpretation can magnify that sense of drama for audiences.

This production promises to be intriguing; Mr. Plotnikov's choreography is known not only for it's original movement style and contemporary flair, but also for it's very focused use of movement to tell a story and relate strong, passionate emotions. The set and costumes will be created by Alan Pickart. The design is simple and stark, intending to let the dancing tell the bulk of the story, with costumes and sets complimenting the choreography.

In Plotnikov's Carmen, the stage opens with Mikaela alone onstage. Her prologue informs the audience about something terrible that happened between her lover Don Jose, and Carmen. The passionate story follows, the quiet town waking in the morning to the sounds of the approaching guard.

We first see Carmen in a fight with Mercedes, a co-worker a the local factory. Soon all the women take sides and join in. The fight, which spills into the street, is finally broken up by soldiers. The free-spirited gypsy girl Carmen snares one of the soldiers, Don Jose, with her alluring and provocative demeanor. Enslaved by his passion for her, Don Jose's infatuation makes him an easy pawn for her to exploit. He changes his life for Carmen, leaving behind not only his lover Mikaela, but also his profession, that of a soldier, becoming a smuggler & robber.

He comes from the same region in Spain as Carmen, and possesses a fiery aspect to his personality as well. His love grows to jealousy as he sees her hypnotic effect on other men. In a fit of lover's rage, he throws himself on her, and begins a furious duel. Carmen is left dead by the knife of the man who was so deeply in love with her. Plotnikov ends the ballet with Michaela and her memories.


Composers: Bizet and Albinez
Choreography: Viktor Plotnikov
Lighting Design: Deborah Sullivan
Costume Design: Alan Pickart
Costume execution: Freda Bromberg
Scenery: Alan Pickart
Carmen: Leticia Guerrero (Oct. 3 & 5) and Jennifer Ricci (Oct. 4)
Don Jose: Gleb Lyamenkoff (Oct. 3 & 5) and Davide Vittorino (Oct. 4)
Michaela: Karla Kovatch (Oct. 3 & 5) and Heather O'Halloran (Oct. 4)
Escamillo: Piotr Ostaltsov (Oct. 3 & 5) and Eivar Sair (Oct. 4)
Captain: Piotr Ostaltsov (Oct. 4) and Eivar Sair (Oct. 3 & 5)
Guards: Cameron Baldassarra, James Brown, Ty Parmenter
Mercedes: Beth Petkus
Factory Supervisor: Leticia Guerrero (Oct. 4) and Jennifer Ricci (Oct. 3 & 5)
Factory Women: Emily Bromberg Carolyn Dellinger, Daniela Debrot, Marissa Gomer, Elizabeth Jessee, Karla Kovatch, Caitlyn Novero, Heather O'Halloran, Jennifer Young
Smugglers: Cameron Baldassarra, James Brown, Gleb Lyamenkoff, Ty Parmenter, Davide Vittorino
With Emily Bromberg Carolyn Dellinger, Daniela Debrot, Marissa Gomer, Elizabeth Jessee, Caitlyn Novero, Beth Petkus, Jennifer Young
Fan Dance: Emily Bromberg, Carolyn Dellinger, Daniela Debrot, Marissa Gomer, Leticia Guerrero, Elizabeth Jessee, Karla Kovatch, Caitlyn Novero, Heather O'Halloran, Beth Petkus, Jennifer Ricci, Jennifer Young

Carmen premieres October 3-5th at the VMA Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts, with performances at 7:30 pm Friday, 7:30 pm on Saturday, and 2:30 pm on Sunday. This season Festival Ballet Providence is offering a special Five Dollar Off Fridays promotion, to encourage audiences to experience the excitement of opening night. Reserved tickets (priced from $15 to $50) and season subscriptions are available by contacting Tickets are now on sale, with prices ranging from $12 to $50. Advanced reserved tickets may be purchased by contacting Festival Ballet Providence at 401.353.1129, ordering online at, (also 800.919.6272), or through the VMA box office. Email inquiries may be directed to Group discounts are available.

This production of Carmen is made possible in part by season Presenting Sponsor Sovereign Bank, The Providence Journal, season television sponsor NBC10, Clear Channel Communications and ongoing support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

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