April 14, 2015

ICYMI: Mid-Week Adventure with Festival Ballet Providence

By leaps and bounds, our mid-week ballet adventure with the Festival Ballet Providence soared as another successful outing into the CAARI record books.  

With swift and sure athleticism, the Festival Ballet Providence delightfully engaged a spirited group of alums last Wednesday during an evening run-through rehearsal for its Up Close on Hope series. The performances continue every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m., through April.  


Set in FBP’s black box theater, we sampled an eclectic repertoire choreographed by various members of the FBP Company.    

Artistic Director Misha Djuric, who also choreographed a selection, gave introductions and background information at the start of every piece. In all, the alumni viewed seven out of eight pieces during the two-hour rehearsal.

The evening began with a quick happy-hour at Blaze Restaurant on Hope Street.  The group noshed on calamari, pizza and other finger foods, plus drinks before walking to the ballet studios, a couple of blocks down.  While the weather was a bit wet and chilly, members said the evening was the worth the trek.

"Wonderful evening,"CAARI Secretary Roxana Sasse said. "I had forgotten how wonderful 'modern' dance and ballet can be."

CAARI member Mietek Flam added, "Attending rehearsal was an excellent idea...I simply enjoyed myself and gained insight into the process, how it is made to work."

Thank you for all who attended and for CAARI’s Leadership, who gave an “all-hands” on deck approach in making this event possible.  We would also like to acknowledge Dylan Giles, FBP’s Marketing Director and company dancer, who assisted in coordinating our event.  Lastly, we'd like to say "thank you" to the FBP dancers, who gave us a warm welcome and shared their love of dance with CAARI.

Festival Ballet Providence is offering a special discount rate for CAARI members who would like to see a full-performance for the evenings of April 24 and 25 only.  More information about the special discount is available by calling 401-353-1129. Use code CAARI15 when purchasing the tickets. 


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