Festival Ballet
January 17 and 24, 2004
Grand Studio
825 Hope Street
Providence RI
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $20.00 - $25.00
$75.00 for a full subscription
to all three programs
Phone 401.353.1129

JANUARY 17 & 24

Scarlet Tangents (1997)
Choreography - Colleen Cavanaugh
Music - Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet, Op. 47
Dancers - Emily Bromberg & Davide Vittorino
Jennifer Ricci & Eivar Sair
Carolyn Dellinger, Marissa Gomer
For Susan (1987)
Choreography - Mihailo Djuric
Music - Carl Reinke
Costumes - M. Djuric
Dancers - Jennifer Young & Ty Parmenter
Bums (1989)
Choreography - Mihailo Djuric
Music - Kurt Weill
Dancers - Beth Petkus, James Brown, Caitlyn Novero with Marissa Gomer
Hard Times (2003)
Choreography - James Brown
Music - Norman Blake, Sarah, Hannah and Leah Peasall, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Myer, Mark O'Connor, James Taylor, Nickle Creek
Dancers - James Brown, Frank Campisano, Piotr Ostaltsov, Erin Petitjean*, Beth Petkus, Beth Reilly (1/17) / Elizabeth Jessee (1/24), Jennifer Young
**with Olivia Carr, Cavan Connolly, Katie Paquin, Arthur Rocha, Hannah Rogers
Sketches from Life (2003)
Choreography - James Brown
Music - Mauro Guilliani, duet for violin and guitar
Costumes - Mary Williams
Dancers - Cameron Baldassarra, Ty Parmenter, Davide Vittorino
Hush (1996)
Choreography - Mihailo Djuric
Music - Bobby McFerrin
Dancers - Cameron Baldassarra, Elizabeth Jessee or Daniela Debrot
* Guest Artist
** Students, Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education

Dance so near you can touch it!

After a sold-out inaugural performance program in November, Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric announces the second in a 3-part limited seating performance series, Up CLOSE, On HOPE, that will showcase exciting contemporary repertory works in an intimate studio setting. This is dance in its purest form. These performances offer the chance to see thrilling, original dance, to meet the dancers, and to mingle with the choreographers.

This series consists of two more dynamic programs offered in January and March at the company's East Side studios at 825 Hope Street. Each program will be performed on two consecutive Saturdays at 7:30 pm by Festival Ballet Providence in the Grand Studio for a maximum of 90 audience members. Mr. Djuric has chosen choreographers who are young, talented and vibrant, and are emerging as the next creative voices in dance.

This second program of the series will take place January 17th & 24th with a total of six works by Colleen Cavanaugh, James Brown and Mihailo Djuric. The previous series in November was sold out for both performances, so those wishing to attend should purchase tickets early.

Ms. Cavanaugh, an independent Providence-based choreographer who was director and choreographer for Cadence Dance Project, will set Scarlet Tangents on the company. Described by Bill Gale in the Providence Journal on its 1997 premiere as "poetic magic", Scarlet Tangents was inspired by Robert Schumann's exquisite Piano Quartet, Op. 47.

A Festival Ballet Providence company member, Mr Brown will set Sketches from Life for three of the company's men (Davide Vittorino, Ty Parmenter and Cameron Baldassarra - it was originally set on three women!), and the full version of Hard Times on the company with guests Erin Petitjean, Beth Reilly (former Festival Ballet Providence company dancer) and five students from the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education. Both works were part of Mr. Brown's acclaimed program for his modern dance company Modern Populus, presented this past summer in New Bedford.

Mr. Djuric will round out the program with several of his shorter original works, including Hush, Bums and For Susan. Hush is a jazzy, whimsical piece for two dancers, to Bobby McFerrin's rendition of Hush Little Baby. Bums premiered in 1989 as part of an annual gala of Yugoslavian dance artists in Slovenia. Set to a tango from Kurt Weill's Three Penny Opera, this comical work depicts street bums dealing with their various living infestations, and features James Brown, Beth Petkus, and Caitlyn Novero.

When asked about the conception for Up CLOSE on HOPE, Mr Djuric noted, "I want to develop choreographers and give them opportunities. I also want to give more chances for my dancers to dance roles they might not normally have on our larger, main-stage production. And I want to have audiences experience dance performances in its most intimate setting: the studio. It is my job to promote and develop dance in the community, and to share my love for dance with everyone in the audience and in my company."

With a capacity of only 90 seats, this performance series offers audience members a very intimate view of dance, and an opportunity to tour the Company's studios. Tickets for individual productions are available for $25 as general admission. During intermission and following each performance, audience members will have the opportunity to meet and converse with the performers and choreographers.

The third and final program for the Up CLOSE, On HOPE series, will take place March 20 and 27, 2004.

Reserved tickets and series subscriptions are available by contacting Festival Ballet Providence, 401.353.1129 or by sending email inquiries to

This production is made possible in part by season Presenting Sponsor Sovereign Bank, season television sponsor NBC10, ClearChannel Radio, season Principal Sponsor Cox Business Services, the Festival Ballet Providence New Works Fund and ongoing support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Those coming for the first time to this area of the East Side will be pleased to learn that there are a wealth of shops and restaurants to linger at before or after the performance. These include playbill advertisers Pizzico, Seven Stars Bakery, Frog and Toad, Petals and Stems, Studio Hop, Not Just Snacks, Rue De L'Espoir, Field and Rose, India, Chez Pascal, Green River Silver Co., East Side Marketplace Andreas, Cat's Pajamas, Books on the Square, Uncle Sig's, Swan Wines, KFC and the Hot Wok Cafe.

REVIEWS from Up CLOSE on HOPE's first program
The Providence Journal noted "Proximity is priceless for ballet...Overall the performances are very good, and the opportunity offered the audience is excellent. Up CLOSE on HOPE is as advertised: up close." Bryan Rourke, The Providence Journal

"The variety in the selection for Up CLOSE, On HOPE makes for a great evening of Dance." Johnette, Rodriguez, The Providence Phoenix.

Colleen Cavanaugh
Guest Choreographer

Colleen Cavanaugh danced professionally in New York and Europe before returning to her native Rhode Island to complete a medical degree from Brown University. She choreographed for and directed Cadence Dance Project for four years and is now working as an independent choreographer, making ballets for regional companies and college dance programs. Cavanaugh received a Rhode Island State Council on the Art fellowship in choreography as well as several project grants. Two of her ballets were selected and presented by Ballet Builders in New York City, a showcase for contemporary ballet. Her choreography has been presented in New England, New York and Europe. Her commissioned work, I Corpi Celesti, inspired by Galileo, was premiered in May by Festival Ballet Providence to great acclaim. Colleen is also a practicing Obstetrician/Gynecologist and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Brown University School of Medicine.

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