Festival Ballet Providence presents Up CLOSE, On HOPE III a performance to showcase up and coming choreographers in contemporary ballet and modern dance styles


Festival Ballet
March 20, 27 & 28, 2004
Grand Studio
825 Hope Street
Providence RI
Time: Mar 20 & 27 at 730pm
Mar 28 at 6pm
Tickets: $20.00 - $25.00
Phone 401.353.1129
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Production Manager Deb Sullivan
The Sleeping Beauty (excerpts)
Choreography Mihailo Djuric, Milica Bijelic
Music P.I. Tchaikovsky
Costumes Courtesy of Louisville Ballet
Dancers Karla Kovatch, Piotr Ostaltsov, Cameron Baldassara, Eivar Sair, Davide Vittorino, Emily Bromberg, Daniela Debrot, Carolyn Dellinger, Marissa Gomer
Choreography Mihailo Djuric
Music Bobby McFerrin
Costumes M. Djuric
Dancers Gleb Lyamenkoff, Caitlyn Novero
Red Ball (2004)*
Choreography James Brown
Music Vivaldi
Costumes J. Brown
Dancers Beth Petkus, Elizabeth Jessee, Jennifer Young, James Brown, Cameron Baldassarra, Ty Parmenter
~ Intermission~
ToDAY (2003)
Choreography.. Mihailo Djuric
Music..... Barbara Kolb
Costumes Freda Bromberg
Dancers... Leticia Guerrero,
Gleb Lyamenkoff, Eivar Sair, Davide Vittorino
On the Turning Away (2004)*
Choreography Piotr Ostaltsov
Music Pink Floyd
Costumes P. Ostaltsov
Dancers Cameron Baldassarra, Carolyn Dellinger, Elizabeth Jessee, Jennifer Young
Schumann Songs (2004)*
Choreography Colleen Cavanaugh
Composer Robert Schumann, Frauenliebe und Leben op. 42
Soprano Cheryl Brodsky
Piano Laska Meska
Costumes C. Cavanaugh
Dancers Jennfier Ricci, Eivar Sair, Heather O'Halloran, Ty Parmenter, Leticia Guerrero, Davide Vittorino
* World Premiere

Dance so near you can touch it!

After sold-out programs in November and January, Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric announces the last in a 3-part, limited seating performance series, Up CLOSE, On HOPE, that showcases 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 one last dynamic program offered in March at the company's East Side studios at 825 Hope Street. This program will be performed on two consecutive Saturdays at 7:30 pm and one Sunday at 6:00 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 third and last program of this hit series will take place March 20th, 27th and 28th with a roster of works by choreographers including Colleen Cavanaugh, James Brown, Piotr Ostaltsov and Mihailo Djuric. As noted in the Providence Journal, "Up Close on Hope has clearly caught on". The previous series in November and January were sold out for all four performances, so those wishing to attend should purchase tickets early. To better accommodate the demand for tickets to this series, an extra performance has been added on Sunday March 28th at 6:00 pm.

Ms. Cavanaugh, an independent Providence-based choreographer who was director and choreographer for Cadence Dance Project, will create a world premiere on the Festival Ballet Providence company, Schumann Songs, to Robert Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben op.42. Dancers are Leticia Guerrero, Heather O'Halloran, Ty Parmenter, Jennifer Ricci, Eivar Sair, and Davide Vittorino.

Festival Ballet Providence company member, Mr. Brown will create Red Ball on Company dancers Beth Petkus, Jennifer Young, Elizabeth Jesse, Emily Bromberg, Ty Parmenter, Cameron Baldassarra, and Mr. Brown. The music for this world premiere is a concerto for flautinos by Vivaldi, and the movement is inspired by the ball itself, red in color.

Another Festival Ballet Providence company member and veteran of Up CLOSE, Piotr Ostaltsov, will present the world premiere to Pink Floyd's On the Turning Away for dancers Carolyn Dellinger, Elizabeth Jessee, Jennifer Young, and Cameron Baldassarra. According to Ostaltsov, its about heroes, soldiers and the romanticized ideas around them. His Tristan & Isolde was performed in the November Up CLOSE on HOPE program.

Mr. Djuric will round out the program with two of his original works. toDAY, a contemporary ballet about Billie Holiday that premiered in May 2003 in Providence, will be danced by Leticia Guerrero, with a trio of Festival Ballet Providence's leading men: Eivar Sair, Davide Vittorino and Gleb Lyamenkoff. He will also set Hush, with carefree music by Bobbi McFerrin, on two of FBP's company dancers. Classical ballet will find its way into the program this time in the form of a sneak preview of the April 23-25 production of The Sleeping Beauty.

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.

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.

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.

"In a little over five years, Mihailo (Misha) Djuric has moved Festival Ballet Providence in amazing new directions, both physically and artistically...he has raised the level of dancing and choreography to a polished professionalism that does our Renaissance City proud." 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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