October 13, 2015
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Last call for 'Up Close at Hope'
Don Fowler

There is nothing more beautiful and athletic as dance. To see great dancers up close is a special treat.

Festival Ballet’s popular dance program has been a favorite of ours for years. Sitting in their Black Box Theatre (actually their rehearsal space) at their studios at 825 Hope St. on Providence’s East Side is a magical experience. You still have an opportunity to catch the program this Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

There are nine new works in the program, which opens with the one signature piece starring Jennifer Ricci, titled “A Spektor of Things,” with music by Regina Spektor. Ricci is accompanied by two men carrying poles. Her acrobatic dancing is breathtaking. I’ve seen it three times and marvel at her athleticism and poise every time.

Ricci also appears in a hysterically funny parody of “Taming of the Shrew,” with music by Vivaldi, and a lively “Neighborhood Stories” with music by Stravinsky.

Classical ballet is not forgotten in a mesmerizing piece by Egidijus, “Spring,” with music by Verdi, and a pas de deux by the young and talented Viulla Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys.

Of the nine selections, there are eight different choreographers, each presenting their own styles. The program flows beautifully, with a short intermission to enjoy wine and hors d’ oeuvres. Tickets at $50 are at a premium. Call 353-1129. There will be another “”Up Close At Hope” in March.

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