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Festival Ballet Providence presents Director's Choice

Festival Ballet Providence presents Director's Choice

February 9 - 11, 2018

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Celebrate dance with three masterworks of choreography!

It’s a program that only artistic director Mihailo Djuric could assemble, showcasing the skill and range of this masterful company, now in its 40th year. The mixed repertory program includes a world premiere with live music from musicians of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Live Music for The Soldier's Tale made possible with support from the Providence Tourism Council.  

Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon’s The American offers a tribute to Americana as it paints a picture of the tranquil Great Plains, the same landscape that provided the inspiration for Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s quartet of the same name.

George Balanchine’s Rubies—the second and arguably most popular movement in his 1967 plotless triptych Jewels—is a superbly crafted self-portrait of American neoclassical dance. Balanchine’s playful choreography radiates with glee as Stravinsky’s rich and jazzy score dances in the air, a celebration of dance that only Balanchine could imagine.

It’s been a century since Stravinsky’s innovative theatrical work L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) was first unveiled, and in that time the work has enjoyed international acclaim as an innovative performance piece “to be read, played and danced.” FBP resident choreographer Viktor Plotnikov breathes new life into the work, as a septet of musicians from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and narrator Nigel Gore perform Stravinsky’s raw and dark score live under the direction of Alexey Shabalin.

The American
Music: Antonín Dvořák
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Original premiere: 2001

Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine
Original premiere: 1967, New York

The Soldier’s Tale (World Premiere)
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography & Dramaturgy: Viktor Plotnikov
Septet conducted by: Alexey Shabalin
Narrator: Nigel Gore
Original premiere: 1918 Lausanne, Switzerland


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    Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787), or at the PPAC Box Office located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. Box Office Hours are M-F, 10A–5P; Sat 10A-2P. Summer hours are M-Th 10A-3P. The VETS on-site Box Office is only open on show days. Children under the age of six are not permitted to attend performances unless it is designated as a family show. Please call the Box Office at (401) 421-2787 to see which shows are appropriate for younger children. All persons regardless of age are required to have a ticket for family shows. Ticket pricing subject to change without notice.

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