Festival Ballet Providence presents Up CLOSE, On HOPE September 25,26 & October 2. A performance to showcase up and coming choreographers in contemporary ballet and modern dance styles


Festival Ballet
Grand Studio
825 Hope Street
Providence RI
Program 1
Saturday September 25 at 7:30 pm
Sunday September 26 at 6:00 pm
Saturday October 2 at 7:30 pm
Program 2
Saturday November 13 at 7:30
Sunday November 14 at 6:00 pm
Saturday November 20 at7:30 pm
Program 3
Saturday March 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday March 13 at 6:00 pm
Saturday March 19 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $30.00
Subscriptions for the three-performance series are priced at $85 per person
Phone 401.353.1129
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Stage Manager Jennie Peek
Suspended in Quiet (2004)*
Choreography: Colleen Cavanaugh
Music: Torsos, by Elaine Bearer
Castings: Christiane Corbat
The gift - Leticia Guerrero
Will you catch me when I fall - Elizabeth Jessee, Mark Harootian
Together - Leticia Guerrero, Mark Harootian, Elizabeth Jesse
Suspended In The Quiet was inspired by and includes the castings made by Christiane Corbat for The Globalheart Project and was choreographed to an original score by Elaine Bearer. Each casting represents a personal gesture of peace.
* World Premiere
Loose Ends
Choreography: Mihailo Djuric
Music: Tomaso Albinoni
Performers: Heather O'Halloran and Gleb Lyamenkoff with Carolyn Dellinger, Emily Bromberg, Caitlin Novero, Piotr Ostaltsov, Davide Vittorino, Andrew Skeels
Upon Dark
Choreography: Mihailo Djuric
Music: Paul Moravec
Performers: Karla Kovatch, Leticia Guerrero, Daniela Debrot, Elizabeth Jessee, Heather O'Halloran, Andrew Skeels, Ty Parmenter, Cameron Baldassarra
Upon Dark was created in 1996, commissioned by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts for the New Hampshire Governor's Awards on the Arts.
Scarlet Tangents
Choreography Colleen Cavanaugh
Music: Piano Quartet Opus 47 by Robert Schumann
Performers: Jennifer Ricci, Eivar Martinez, Davide Vittorino, Emily Bromberg, Carolyn Dellinger, Marissa Gomer

Dance so near you can touch it!

Festival Ballet Providence's sold-out new series, Up CLOSE, On HOPE, returns for the 2004/2005 season, showcasing exciting contemporary repertory works in an intimate studio setting. These performances offer the chance to see thrilling, original dance, to meet the dancers, and to mingle with the evening's choreographers. Critics and audiences alike were in complete agreement: Up CLOSE on HOPE is a great way for audiences to see dance, as indicated by the following reviews from the inaugural season:

"Proximity is priceless for ballet" Bryan Rourke, The Providence Journal

"The variety and the selections for Up CLOSE, on HOPE make for a great evening of dance. This smaller space for Festival Ballet (and their guests) is a welcome addition for the dance scene in Rhode Island." Johnette Rodgriguez, The Providence Phoenix.

"Rhode Island's top dance company, the innovative Festival Ballet Providence, is getting dance fans about as close as you could expect to the dancers in an exciting new series, Up CLOSE On HOPE. With Up CLOSE on HOPE, Festival Ballet has again proven it has the skills, variety and innovative drive to continue its upward march toward the higher reaches of New England arts organizations." Bill Gale, WRNI

The series consists of three dynamic programs offered in September/October, November, and March at the company's East Side studios at 825 Hope Street. Each program will be performed three times, on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 6:00 pm and again the following Saturday. Performances take place in Festival Ballet Providence's Grand Studio black box theater, for a limited audience of 90 members.

This year, audience members will have the opportunity to sample the Hope Street ambiance, with intermissions sponsored by Hope Street Restaurants, including Pizzico, Chez Pascal and Not Just Snacks, accompanied by wines provided courtesy of Laurine Ryan Perry and the Martignetti Companies of Rhode Island.

The success of Up CLOSE, on HOPE is largely due to the intimacy of the theater and the repertory chosen by Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric. It is diverse with high artistic quality, and expands the audience's taste for different dance styles. This season the repertoire combines the ballets that have shaped and re-energized the Company during the past six years with the vitality of new, original works by some of New England's most talented choreographers. The 2004/2005 Up CLOSE on HOPE season will be a diverse program with works of varying lengths, styles and approaches.

Colleen Cavanaugh, one of Rhode Island's leading choreographers, has been a collaborator on programs at Festival Ballet Providence for several seasons. This partnership has had great success and audience appeal. Hence, Mr Djuric has chosen her works to be seen in programs throughout the 2004-2005 Up CLOSE, on HOPE series.

Program 1 of the series will take place September 25th, 26th and October 2nd and will include works by Colleen Cavanaugh and Mihailo Djuric. Ms. Cavanaugh will restage Scarlet Tangents, to Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet Opus 47, a highlight of last year's Up CLOSE season. Ms.Cavanaugh will also present the premiere of her new work, Suspended in Quiet, portions of which were first shown at the Barrington Library in January 2004 as a work-in-progress for the Globalheart Project. It was created in collaboration with Providence composer Elaine Bearer and sculptor Christiane Corbat whose original plaster casts have been the inspiration for the composer and choreographer. Mr. Djuric will round out the program with two of his original ensemble works; Loose Ends to music by Thomaso Albinoni, and Upon Dark, with music by Paul Moravec, inspired by the northern lights.

Tickets for individual productions are available for $30 as general admission seating. Subscriptions for the three-performance series are priced at $85 per person. Those buying Up CLOSE On HOPE Series subscriptions receive preferred seating for each performance. Reserved tickets and series subscriptions are available by contacting Festival Ballet Providence at 401.353.1129 or by sending email inquiries to info@festivalballet.com

In addition to the works of Djuric and Cavanaugh, future programs will include works by rising young choreographers as well as works by Viktor Plotnikov and Gianni Di Marco. Program 2 for the Up CLOSE, On HOPE series will take place November 13, 14 and 20. Program 3 of the series will take place March 12, 13 and 19. For additional information about upcoming programs visit Festival Ballet's 2004/04 Season on riDance or visit Festival Ballet's website at www.festivalballet.com
    Intermission sponsors include:

  • September 25 Not Just Snacks, mini samosas and more!

  • September 26 Pizzico, appetizer assortment

  • October 2 Chez Pascal, seasonally inspired menu to be announced

    Wines for the intermissions will be provided courtesy of Martignetti Companies of Rhode Island and Laurine Ryan Perry, and will include the following vineyards in the course of the season: Robert Mondavi, Trinchero Family of Wines, Rosemount, Penfolds, Linemans, and Cavit

    The 2004-2005 Up CLOSE on HOPE series is made possible in part by a generous sponsorship from GLAD WORKS.

    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. Ms 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 2003 by Festival Ballet Providence. Several of her pieces were part of the inaugural Up CLOSE on HOPE series; Caress, Demeter's Tears, Schumann Songs, and Scarlet Tangents. Colleen is also a practicing Obstetrician/Gynecologist and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Brown University School of Medicine.

Deborah Nash at dn@riDance.com
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