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NEWS 2006

FEBRUARY 06
RHODE ISLAND'S BALLET THEATRE TO HOST 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Rhode Island's ballet theatre, a pre-professional, classical ballet company, will hold its 10th Anniversary Gala on March 11, 2006 in the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts at Providence College.


Rhode Island's ballet theatre
State House - October 2005
Photograph by Jim Egan


The Ballet Gala will consist of a pre-show food and wine reception, a ballet performance in the Angell Blackfriars Theatre, and dessert following.

"It will be an elegant and intimate evening of ballet," says Robert L. Newbert, president. "The Blackfriars Theatre is the best in the state with outstanding acoustics and sight lines. It's a wonderful setting to showcase our 10th Anniversary, and to premiere two new repertoire pieces ? Blues, a jazz piece and Ever After, a lovely lyrical ballet."

Also on the program are Debut, a Degas painting brought to life, and Espana, a fiery pointe ballet showcasing the athleticism of the dancers.

Newbert thanked the Wealth Management Group at Washington Trust for their support of the Gala as Presenting Sponsor. "Without Washington Trust, we could not provide the quality event we will now enjoy," he said.

Proceeds from the Gala will be used to support Rhode Island's ballet theatre's outreach program bringing classical dance to the community, and its training program for the region's most talented young dancers who are admitted to the company by audition only.

Rhode Island's ballet theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets for the Gala are $250 per couple. Call 401-847-5301 for information.

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JANUARY 09
EVERETT TO PERFORM HOME MOVIES IN BOSTON
"An astonishingly seamless blend of words, video, set elements and dance." —New York Times

"Anyone (and everyone) should see Home Movies." —Providence Phoenix

Rated DNM (Do Not Miss) by riDance

The American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T) and CRASHarts present Everett Dance Theatre performing the Boston premiere of Home Movies for five performances running January 12-15 at Zero Arrow Theatre, located at the intersection of Arrow Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Performances take place Thursday, January 12 at 7:30pm; Friday, January 13 at 8pm; Saturday, January 14 at 8pm; and Sunday, January 15,at 2pm. Tickets are $30. For tickets and information call CRASHarts (617) 876-4275 or buy online at www.CRASHarts.org.

Everett Dance Theatre is nationally recognized for its innovative theme-based concert works. The company's latest creation, Home Movies, intertwines dance, theater, music and video to create an artistic look at the American family as it exists today. Five performers, four families, four distinct neighborhoods and a myriad of stories coexist on the stage, swirling around and intersecting with one another.

Home Movies weaves together compelling images and poignant moments with humor and light and playful movement. A series of extraordinary, true family stories are spliced, intertwined and connected by dance, theater, song and video to create a sometimes somber, sometimes silly, but always artistic look at look at life. Company members delved deeply into their own families, their own stories, and identified intimate, diverse experiences with universal threads. Drawing on its multicultural make-up, the company explores loss, perseverance and the life events that define us. From childhood memories of the day Santa didn't come to the moment of realization that Dad couldn't protect you from the world, Home Movies weaves a story that resonates with nuance and clarity.

Everett Dance Theatre was founded in 1986 and quickly gained national recognition for its theme-based evening length concert works. While Everett has its roots in Rhode Island, it has gained national and international recognition. Works have been presented at Dance Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow, Walker Arts Center, the Spoleto Festival and the Wexner Center for the Arts. In addition, the company has received numerous honors, including a Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Bessie, the prestigious New York choreography award. Artistic Director Dorothy Jungels has received four Choreographer's Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, four fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and one from the Rhode Island foundation.

Everett also works in depth in its community at the company’s Carriage House Stage and School, providing long-term, professional-level training in the arts to inner-city youth and by bringing arts performances to its community.

World Music is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other Upcoming Home Movies performances:
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis – January 19 through 21
Carriage House Stage, Providence – March 3, 4, 10, 11
see riDance's Everett's Twentieth Anniversary Season.

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