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Festival Ballet’s ‘Up Close, On Hope’

Festival Ballet Providence's intimate in-studio performances, Up Close on Hope, have always offered full and varied programs of short works by local and guest choreographers, many of them new to Rhode Island audiences (and/or their work is new).
New moves
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 26, 2012
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Getting up close at Festival Ballet

Festival Ballet Providence's second Up Close on Hope series this season began last weekend and continues February 24-25 and March 2-3.
Intimate moments
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2012

Festival Balelt's latest 'up CLOSE on HOPE'

Watching a ballet or modern dance from eighth row center is a pretty privileged experience, but an "up CLOSE on HOPE" performance makes that seem like peanut gallery seating. Festival Ballet Providence is presenting nine company premieres through March
Natural grace
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2011
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Festival Ballet's emotional, sensual Carmen

Although the gypsy girl Carmen is most familiar from the 1875 opera of that name by Georges Bizet, local audiences have also become acquainted with the Carmen performed by Festival Ballet, which was commissioned by them and first appreciated in the 20
Gypsy woman
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2011
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Dancing the night away

The cat is back; the clock is back; the fire is back.
Festival Ballet’s heartfelt Cinderella
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2010
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Plugging in

For the past six years, Festival Ballet Providence has presented an evening of short works, Up Close on Hope , in their Black Box Theater on Hope Street.
Festival Ballet move to Metallica and Radiohead
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2009


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Must-see moves

Two of this fall's dance performances will tell Halloween-style stories — a reprise of Viktor Plotnikov's THE WIDOW'S BROOM , by Festival Ballet Providence, and a premiere of Miki Ohlsen's DRACULA , by Island Moving Co.
Flying feet and acrobatic hijinks
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009
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Arabian nights

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.
Festival Ballet gets physical
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 03, 2009
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Culture crunch

"Since the market crash," says Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, "we've watched our ticket sales, which had been doing well, hit a wall. Almost like a cartoon animal — splat. Then we started pushing the discoun
From Trinity Rep to Festival Ballet to Gallery Z, the creative community strives to overcome economic challenges
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008
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Intimate moves

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.
Festival Ballet’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE”
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008
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Mood swing

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.  
The emotional gamut of Festival Ballet’s  Giselle
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2008


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Dance in fall

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

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

Trust Festival Ballet Providence to put a new spin on Cinderella, Sergei Prokofiev’s classic ballet.
Festival Ballet’s fresh take on Cinderella
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2007
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Taking flight

Rhode Island’s dance scene has spawned and nurtured quite a few New York- and Boston-based artists.
A full slate of classics, new works, and seasonal treats
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007
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Made in USA

In choosing ballets from three American choreographers for the American Masters program, Mihailo Djuric has looked to two classics and one world premiere.
Festival Ballet stages the American Masters
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2007


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The look of love

Following the acclaim given to Boston-based choreographer Gianni Di Marco’s short ballet Schéhérazade in 2005, Festival Ballet’s artistic director Mihailo Djuric commissioned Di Marco to create another new ballet for the company.
Festival Ballet's "Winter Passion"
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 07, 2007
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Mixing it up

If your exposure to the world of ballet has been limited to The Nutcracker, do yourself a favor and get to the current incarnation of Festival Ballet Providence’s Up CLOSE, on HOPE series.
Festival Ballet’s Up CLOSE, on HOPE
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 14, 2006

Not Just Snacks

When the proprietors of Not Just Spices opened their doors seven years ago, they wanted to acquaint their neighbors with exotic fresh produce as well as fresh ingredients for curry.
Keeping it sweet and simple
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 17, 2006

Steps ahead

Festival Ballet Providence’s Up CLOSE on HOPE series has often featured intimate duets, trios, or quartets.
Festival Ballet mixes it up
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 08, 2006