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FESTIVAL BALLET'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
CHRISTINE HENNESSY'S
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
& Three World Premieres



Davide Vittorino




Christine Hennessy's
A Midsummer Night's Dream
And Three Exciting World Premieres
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
1 Avenue of the Arts
Providence RI
May 2 thru 4 at 730pm
Information: 401-353-1129
Prices: $12.00 to $50.00*
VMA Box Office: 401-272-4862
* Student half price rush tickets one hour before curtain
ID required


Festival Ballet Providence artistic director Mihailo Djuric will present the finale of the Company's hit 25th Anniversary Season with a spectacular all-Rhode Island production May 2-4 at VMA Arts and Cultural Center.

As the centerpiece of the season's fourth production, Mr Djuric has chosen to revive co-founder Christine Hennessy's triumph, A Midsummer Night's Dream as a tribute to her creative excellence in leading the company from its founding through it's maturity. This piece premiered to great acclaim May 12, 1993 as part of the company's 12th Anniversary season.

Elizabeth DeFanti, daughter of Festival Ballet Providence co-founders Christine Hennessy (1936-1997) and Winthrop Corey, returned in January to Providence to re-stage Ms. Hennessy's magical Dream on Festival Ballet Providence.

Based on the 16th century tale of William Shakespeare, this production features an enchanting forest scene, with giant trees and wild flowers rising through the mist through which a silver moon shimmers and fairy creatures of the night work their mischievous magic upon foolish mortals.

The remainder of the program is devoted to thrilling new works commissioned by Festival Ballet Providence. Choreographed by three of Rhode Island's most exciting creative forces in dance, these premieres bring an edge and spark to the stage, giving audiences an exciting new perspective to dance as an art form.

Cadence Dance Project founder Colleen Cavanaugh is choreographing a richly woven 14-minute long contemporary ballet in two movements for soloist and four couples. Festival Ballet Providence veteran Jaclyn Ricci will be the featured dancer in this piece that is metaphorically about Gallileo's pursuit of his own personal truth, despite the prevalent dogma and religious belief of the time. Music in part by Uzbecki composer as played by the Kronos Quartet, and in part newly composed music collaboratively created by Providence composer Elaine Bearer, for strings and voice.

The second commissioned premiere will be created by ballet crossover specialist Audrey Monahan who's jazzy and sexy new work looks at the couplings and re-couplings one night at a steamy dance club. Jennifer Ricci and Gleb Lyamenkoff star as a barmaid and piano player with a steamy cast that bumps and grinds it's high-energy way from opening set-ups to last call. With five movements, this torrid love story features Mr. Lyamenkoff performing double-duty as dancer and pianist.

Festival Ballet Providence artistic director Mihailo Djuric will create the final premiere with music created collaboratively with Composer-In-Residence Barbara Kolb. The music they are creating will reflect the inner, sultry moods of the late Billie Holliday's singing. Mr. Djuric had previously used Ms. Kolb's music to create Extremes for the 1996 MacDowell Celebration. Principal couple Tatiana Berenova and Gleb Lyamenkoff are joined by Davide Vittorino. This piece will be performed with live accompaniment provided by the world-renowned Lew Tabackin trio. Ms. Kolb is currently in the second year of a three-year Meet The Composer/New Residencies grant, in partnership with Festival Ballet Providence, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and WaterFire Providence.

Join Puck, the Wood Sprites and Fairies for the mischief and revelry of Shakespeare's great romantic comedy, and experience the new voices of Rhode Island choreography. After the Saturday production audience can wander along the banks of the river at nearby Waterplace Park and take in the sights, sounds and fragrances of Barnaby Evans' WaterFire Providence.

Tickets are now on sale, with prices ranging from $12 to $40. Advanced reserved tickets may be purchased by contacting Festival Ballet Providence at 401.353.1129, ordering online at www.festivalballet.com, or through Ticketmaster outlets at 401.331.1122. The VMA box office (Telephone : 401.272-4862) will be open the week of the performances from 10 AM to 5 PM for additional ticket sales.

Festival Ballet Providence's 2003 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and 3 World Premieres is supported in part by the generous support of season television sponsor NBC10, GLAD WORKS, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, VMA Arts & Cultural Center and the McAuliffe Group.


Deborah Nash at dn@riDance.com
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