Heather O'Halloran

Festival Ballet
November 8 and 15, 2003
Grand Studio
825 Hope Street
Providence RI
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $20.00 - $25.00
$75.00 for a full subscription
to all three programs


The Caress: Leticia Guerrero, Eivar Sair
Chor: Colleen Cavanaugh
Killing Time: Cameron Baldassarra, James Brown
Chor: Gianni Di Marco
Vals Fesco: Carolyn Dellinger, Emily Bromberg, Daniela
Debrot, Marissa Gomer
Chor: Mihailo Djuric
For Susan: Jennifer Young, Ty Parmenter
Chor: Mihailo Djuric
Impatient: Karla Kovatch
Chor: Colleen Cavanaugh
Tristan & Isolde: Heather O'Halloran, Eivar Sair (Nov 8 only)
Chor: Piotr Ostaltsov
Short Stories for a Small Magazine (excerpts from Plotnikov ballet, danced
by Yuri Yanowsky and Larissa Ponomarenko, guest artists from Boston
Ballet)(Nov 15 only)
Chor: Viktor Plotnikov
Fading: James Brown, Beth Petkus
Chor: Mihailo Djuric
The Unexpected: Jennifer Ricci, Davide Vittorino
Chor: Mihailo Djuric
Demeter's Tears: Leticia Guerrero, Karla Kovatch, Gleb Lyamenkoff,
Caitlin Novero, Piotr Ostaltsov, Jennifer Young
Chor: Colleen Cavanaugh

Dance so near you can touch it!

Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric announces the inauguration of a new, limited seating performance series, Up CLOSE, On HOPE, that will showcase exciting contemporary repertory works in an intimate studio setting 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 three dynamic programs offered in November, 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 100 audience members. Mr. Djuric has chosen choreographers who are young, talented and vibrant, and are emerging as the next creative voices in dance.

This first program of the series will take place November 8th and 15th with works by Colleen Cavanaugh, Viktor Plotnikov, Gianni Di Marco, Piotr Ostaltsov and Mihailo Djuric.

Ms. Cavanaugh, an independent Providence-based choreographer who was director and choreographer for Cadence Dance Project, will set Demeter's Tears on the company. This piece, performed in 2002 at Joyce Soho and at Rhode Island College, is a work for 6 dancers, with music by Boston composer Thomas Oboe Lee. Ms. Cavanaugh will also set two of other her works on the company, The Caress, (with music by Mozart, for two dancers) which premiered at WaterFire this summer, and Impatient. A solo work with music by Providence composer Elaine Bearer, Impatient was selected to be performed in 2002 for Ballet Builders in New York.

Mr. Plotnikov, who thrilled Providence audiences with his October world premiere of Carmen, will create a new pas de deux for the series. On this occasion audiences will be fortunate not only to see more of his inventive, passionate choreography, but also to see Mr. Plotnikov perform with his wife, Larissa Ponamarenko, a renowned principal dancer at Boston Ballet. This original work will be performed for the second performance only, on November 15th.

Mr. Di Marco, another choreographer who has created a number of works in the Boston area and who dances at Boston Ballet, will set a work originally created on Boston Ballet dancers, Killing Time on two of Festival Ballet Providence's men.

A Festival Ballet Providence company member, Mr. Ostaltsov premiered Tristan and Isolde earlier this summer for Heather O'Halloran and Eivar Sair. This piece will be performed November 8th only.

Mr. Djuric will round out the program with several of his shorter original works, including Vals Fresco for four women, and three emotional pas de duex, For Susan, The Unexpected, and Fading.

With a capacity of only 100 seats, this performance series will offer audience members a very intimate view of dance, and an opportunity to tour the Company's studios. Subscriptions for the three-performance series are priced at $75 per person. Those buying Up CLOSE On HOPE Series subscriptions receive preferred seating for each performance. 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 evening’s performers and choreographers.

Program 2 for the Up CLOSE, On HOPE series will take place January 17 and 24. Program 3 of the series will take place March 20 and 27.

Reserved tickets and series subscriptions are available by contacting Festival Ballet Providence, 401.353.1129 or by sending email inquiries to For additional information about Festival Ballet Providence visit

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.

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.

Gianni Di Marco
Guest Choreographer

Gianni Di Marco, a native of Venezuela, began his training in 1981, in the Professional Division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada. He has since studied with The National Ballet of Canada, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and in Banff under the direction of Laura Alonso. After becoming a member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1988, Di Marco was the first recipient of the Arnold Spohr Scholarship.

At Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Gianni was promoted to second soloist in 1990 and then first soloist the following year. Prior to joining Boston Ballet in 1995, he danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. In 1997, Di Marco took a leave of absence from Boston Ballet to dance with Germany's Oper Leipzig Ballet under the direction of Uwe Scholz. He danced in many of Scholz's new works.

Gianni has a great interest in choreography. He has done a number of works for a variety of institutions throughout the region, including many Boston Ballet fundraising galas, The Wang Theatre's 75th Anniversary Generations Gala performance, Dartmouth College, Boston Flute Association, and Dance on the Top Floor. He also has created dances at the Oper Liepzig Choreography Workshop. Di Marco created a new work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Center's Summer Dance Program. He was assistant choreographer in productions such as Aida, La Traviata and Akhnaten for the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Huntington Theatre Company's The Mikado. Di Marco recently created new works for Raw Dance, cutting edge creations by Boston Ballet dancers. Di Marco teaches Boston Ballet's Adaptive Dance Program, created for children with Down's Syndrome.

Viktor Plotnikov
Guest Choreographer

Viktor was born in Kharkov City, Ukraine, and began his training at the age of 11 at the Kiev-Ukraine School and continued at the St. Petersburg Ballet Academy. From 1987 to 1990 he was a soloist with Donetsk Ballet Company in the Ukraine. In 1990 Viktor joined Ballet Mississippi as a principal dancer. Additionally he has appeared as a guest artist with Tulsa Ballet Theatre and Dance Inc, and has toured Russia and the US.

In 1993 he joined Boston Ballet as principal dancer, performing major roles in the company's classical and contemporary repertory including the title role in Onegin, Conrad in Le Corsaire, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Cavalier, Snow King and Dr. Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, Solor in La Bayadere, Dracula in Dracula, and Tico-Tico in Paul Taylor's Company B. He has created roles in the World Premieres of Tharp's Waterbaby Bagatelles, Spencer/Colton's Before Ever After, and Daniel Pelzig's Nine Lives: Songs of Lyle Lovett, The Princess and the Pea, and Flights and Fancy. His repertoire also includes Balanchine's. Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations and The Four Temperaments, Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et La Mort, Mark Morris' Maelstrom, Rudi van Dantzig's Four Last Songs, and Laszlo Berdo's Below Down Under.

Recently Plotnikov has created works specifically for Boston Ballet dancers and members of Boston Ballet II. He has choreographed a number of works for institutions throughout the region, including performances in Boston Ballet's Grand Studio, Dance on the Top Floor, Company performances in Nantucket, and Khachaturian's Centennial at Boston Conservatory. Plotinokov created solos and duets, performed at International Gala Performances. His most recent creations include works for the 2002 International Ballet Competition in Jackson MS. Plotnikov also created two one act ballet's My Impressions, set to symphonic Pink Floyd and Short Stories for A Small Magazine for the Dancer's Resource Fund, and at the well received choreographic event Raw Dance in collaboration with Boston Ballet and Boston Center for the Arts. His original two-act ballet, Carmen, commissioned by Festival Ballet Providence, was premiered in October, 2003.

Mr. Plotnikov is married to Boston Ballet principal dancer Larissa Ponomarenko.

Piotr N. Ostaltsov
Guest Choreographer

Piotr began studying dance at the age of ten at the Vaganova Academy in Russia. Upon graduation he joined the Marynsky/Kirov Ballet-Opera Theatre as a soloist, touring the world performing in numerous ballets. Piotr is known for his roles in Petipa ballets, including Hilarion in Giselle, Rothbart in Swan Lake, and Don Quixote in Don Quixote and also for his role as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Prior to joining Festival Ballet Providence, he performed with the Hartford Ballet and Boston Ballet. This past season he was memorable as Hilarion in Giselle, Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Piotr danced the roles of Escamillo and Captain in Carmen in October 2003. This is Piotr's third season at Festival Ballet Providence. Tristan and Isolde is Piotr's first commissioned choreography.

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