In The Studio: New Faces

Azamat Asangul, Linnea Wahle, and Louisa Mejeur.

The Company is back in the studio, and Festival Ballet Providence (FBP)’s 40th Season has officially begun. Classical melodies, both familiar and foreign, flood the freshly renovated halls. New faces mix in with old as FBP embarks on a year of transition. State-of-the-art lights paint the Grand Studio. Classical scores boom from updated sound systems. Every finger tip points to something or someone new.

We’re welcoming three new dancers to the ranks this year. Say hello to Azamat Asangul, Linnea Wahle, and (welcome back) Louisa Chapman Mejeur!

Asamat Asangul

Name: Azamat Asangul
Hometown: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (Central Asia)
Previous Schools: Bishkek Choreographic School and Vaganova Ballet Academy (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Previous Companies: Moscow City Ballet, Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theater, Universal Ballet ( Seoul, South Korea) Russian National Ballet (Moscow, Russia), Ballet Idaho (guest artist) Charleston City Ballet (guest artist) Island Moving Company (Newport, RI)
What are you are most excited for this season at FBP?
I am excited about the upcoming season with FBP because of the new opportunities and artistic guidance Misha is bringing. He is very supportive of all the dancers, and I am confident he will provide the best possible experience for the company’s 40th anniversary. His goals and vision for the future of the company are really exciting, and I feel very lucky to be here during this special time.
I am really looking forward to every show this season because we will be working with several choreographers I have never had the opportunity to work with before. Each program has such a great mix of classical, modern and contemporary work, which is one of my favorite parts about this company.

Linnea Wahle

Name: Linnea Wahle
Hometown: Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts
Previous School: Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance
What are you are most excited for this season at FBP?
I’m most excited to learn new choreography with such talented dancers and to perform with my first company!

Louisa Chapman Mejeur

Name: Louisa Chapman Mejeur
Hometown: Midland, TX
Previous Companies: Nashville Ballet, BalletMet, Virginia Ballet Theater, Todd Rosenlieb Modern Dance, Festival Ballet Providence
What are you are most excited for this season at FBP?
Working with the artistic staff. I danced with Festival for three years before dancing in Virginia for the past two. I really missed Misha and the artistic vision he demands of all of his dancers. It makes all the difference to work for someone who is invested in the heart of your dancing and not just clean steps. The same holds true of the ballet master and mistress.
The Repertoire! Wow, what an incredible season this will be! I missed dancing resident choreographer, Victor Plotnikov’s movement. It is a favorite treat for my body and I am excited he has two pieces on the bill. In February the company will perform pieces by George Balanchine and Christopher Wheeldon, both master dance makers of their day. Performing rep like that is a dream for any dancer and I feel like a lucky duck to be here for it!

To see these new dancers in action, check out our season tickets!


This post was written by Kirsten Evans. The author is in her eighth season as a Company Dancer with Festival Ballet Providence. She is also the Company PR & Communications Assistant, as well as the writer of a personal blog, Setting The Barre.


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