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More new than old

Hope gets its close-up at Festival Ballet
Artistic director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric has a polished ensemble of dancers and impressive choreographers at the Festival Ballet Providence.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 11, 2009


Nature's way

The atmospheric Jazz and Tap Odyssey
Evoking the great outdoors with live jazz, live hoofing, and spoken text.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2009


Arabian nights

Festival Ballet gets physical
At a time when the world's attention is often focused on the countries of the Middle East, it's especially intriguing to dip into the Arabic folk tales of the region, which became the stories told by Scheherazade across a thousand and one nights.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2009


Higher calling

Fusionworks contemplates spirituality
Although the annual fall concert by Fusionworks Dance Company has not been given a title that ties the dances together, director/choreographer Deb Meunier has noticed a theme emerging from the repertory pieces and premiere works that will be presented.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008


Intimate moves

Festival Ballet’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE”
What began as a way to give audiences a closer look at its dancers and choreographers an opportunity to showcase new work has become an integral part of Festival Ballet Providence’s season: the “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” series.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008


Great escape

Momix bring their best to FirstWorks
Writing about the dance troupe Momix is as tricky as describing effervescence
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 04, 2008


Mood swing

The emotional gamut of Festival Ballet’s  Giselle
She is Giselle, the peasant girl of Adolph Adam’s ballet, and she’ll come to the VMA Arts & Cultural Center once again via Festival Ballet Providence.  
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2008


Spirited moves

Paula Hunter’s off-kilter world
Paula Hunter gets under your skin.  
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2008


Stepping out

Island Moving Co.’s Open for Dancing
Appropriately titled Open for Dancing , this event brings in three choreographers to do site-specific dances at three Newport spots, in collaboration with artists.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2008


Body work

Theatre Expansion’s ‘Dancestravaganza’
The fifth “Dancestravaganza” is Rubel’s Berenger’s Body , featuring dancers Leslie Vazquez and Katie Zarling.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008


Dance in fall

Must-see moves
This fall’s offerings of dance performances have an international flavor, as well as featuring the talents of Rhody-grown dance groups.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008


Giants and Steps

Island Moving Co. takes its annual Flight
Island Moving Co. will present new dances and works from their repertoire at its summer Flight of Steps series, July 11 through 13 and July 16 through 20.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2008


Mood swings

DoubleShift’s stimulating Walk Away
“All Feet Left” includes dance, theater, live music, and visual art, and the centerpiece of it all is DoubleShift Dance Theatre’s presentation of Walk Away.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 17, 2008


Big pond, little pond

Swan Lake  in Boston and Providence
Swan Lake is ballet’s prima ballerina because, 131 years after its Moscow premiere, it’s still poised on pointe.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2008


Love prevails

Festival Ballet’s emotional Swan Lake
Swan Lake is second only to The Nutcracker as a familiar entity for those with a nodding acquaintance of ballet.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008


Light and dark

Fusionworks’ captivating mood swings
Fusionworks Dance Company has always presented a variety of contemporary pieces by a wide range of choreographers, with an emphasis on the work of artistic director Deb Meunier.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2008



Festival Ballet’s intimate showcase
Festival Ballet Providence’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” program is a stunning selection of short classical and contemporary ballet, performed with polish and passion.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008



Making the leap with Garth Fagan
In the years since Fagan formed his modern dance company, many ballets have taken on a “modern” look, bare feet and all.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008


Learning to soar

Festival Ballet’s masterful Motion
Ballet has come a long way from its initial image of tights, tutus, and toe shoes.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008


Above the fray

Parsons Dance's musical moves
Modern dance choreographers from Martha Graham onward have sometimes been described as too abstract or inaccessible.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2008
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