Rhode Island
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Festival Ballet Providence

Rhode Island's premier ballet company, Festival Ballet Providence is made up of a resident company of 25 classically trained, professional ballet dancers from around the world, performing a wide array of classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works. With an associated school surpassing 300 in enrollment and a successful educational outreach program reaching thousands of students each season, FBP is a powerhouse in the Rhode Island arts community.

The Festival Ballet Providence School offers over 80 hours of classes each week during the academic year, providing pre-professional training as well as a full selection of open dance classes to the community for all ages. The school's association with the Company provides opportunities for talented dance students to appear with the professional company dancers in major productions. The school also offers a six-week summer program, including intensive programs for serious young students. The school has become the foundation for the development of future dance professionals in Rhode Island and abroad.

I Have Worked With

  • September 2010

    Shura Baryshnikov is a Rhode Island-based educator, improvisor, dancer and movement designer. With a background in physical theatre, contemporary dance and and a range of improvisation practices, Shura seeks the creative space where these mediums overlap to inspire somatic exploration and performer versatility. Shura has worked as a choreographer and movement consultant for Trinity Repertory Company, The Wilbury Theatre Group, Bridge Repertory Theater, Elemental Theatre Collective and on a number of Brown/Trinity MFA productions. As a freelance dancer, she has performed in works by Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner-Brodsky and Betsy Miller, among others, and with Aerplaye Dance, American Dance Legacy Initiative, Festival Ballet Providence and Lostwax Multimedia Dance. Shura is a Teaching Associate in the Theater Arts and Performance Studies Program at Brown University and has also taught movement at at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Shura's performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, the Providence Fringe Festival and in Earthdance's Moving Arts Lab.

  • September 2006

    Viktor Plotnikov, a former principal dancer with Boston Ballet, has been creating daring new works for Festival Ballet Providence since 2003 when Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric commissioned Mr. Plotnikov to create an original version of Carmen, his first full length ballet. That success lead to numerous ensuing commissioned works by the company, including The Widow’s Broom (2004, based on the story by Chris Van Allsburg, with original score by Novi Sad native Alexandra Vrebalov), Loof and Let Dime (2006),Viktorations (2006), Bre (2007), the overwhelming critically acclaimed Coma (2007) , Cinderella (2007),Atom (2009), Sun Dust (2009), and Surrender (2010). In 2010, Djuric named him Festival Ballet Providence Resident Choreographer.

  • A native of Venezuela, Gianni Di Marco began his dance training in 1981 in the Professional Division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada. He has also studied with The National Ballet of Canada, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and in Banff.

    Di Marco joined Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1988 and was promoted to second soloist in 1990 and then first soloist the following year. He joined Boston Ballet in 1995, retiring in 2005. Di Marco has also danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Germany’s Opera Leipzig Ballet. Providence audiences have been delighted by his guest appearance with Festival Ballet Providence, including Gamache in Don Quixote and the King in The Princess and the Pea.

    Di Marco has created a number of works for a variety of institutions throughout the region, including many Boston Ballet fundraising galas, such as Dance on the Top Floor and Raw Dance. Di Marco’s short works—Killing Time, Amphibious Love and Gracias a La Vida—have been performed for Festival Ballet Providence’s Up CLOSE, on HOPE series. His previous commissions by Festival Ballet Providence include Schéhérazade (2005), Azucar (2006) andEl Amor Brujo (2007).

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Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Marketing Director
Mailing Address: 
825 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02906
Physical Address: 
825 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02906
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Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Ballet
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
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Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
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Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

State of Residence: 
Rhode Island

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Private Studio
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Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Festival Ballet Providence
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Venue Address: 
825 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02906
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Stage Details: 
Black Box
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Venue Features: 
Climate control
Dance floor
Dressing room(s)
Light system / track lighting
Sound system
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Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)