8 Reasons You Need To See “Director’s Choice”

1. Everything is beautiful at the ballet! From the glowing gems of George Balanchine’s sparkling Rubies to the hypnotic choreography of Christopher Wheeldon’s The American to the exquisite characterization of Viktor Plotnikov’s The Soldier’s Tale, got lost in the beauty of the ballet this February.

FBP Company Dancers rehearsing Christopher Wheeldon’s The American.

2. Plan the perfect pre-Valentine’s date night! With drama and passion galore, it doesn’t get more romantic than a night at the ballet.

Eugenia Zinovieva and Alan Alberto rehearsing Christopher Wheeldon’s The American

3. Celebrate an anniversary or two…or three! FBP marks its 40th “Ruby” Anniversary Season with this packed performance including George Balanchine’s Rubies– which turned 50 last year- and an all new adaptation of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale which celebrates its centennial birthday this year! Plus this will be the first time choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon (The American) will be seen in Rhode Island!


4. Delight your senses with live music ON STAGE! Viktor Plotnikov’s brand new version of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale will feature a select ensemble of musicians from the Rhode Island Philharmonic, performing the dramatic arrangement on stage right beside the dancers!                              4318737_01.jpg

5. Come in from the cold and warm up with Balanchine’s red hot Rubies! This jazzy piece is all about flirtatious flair- perfect for a night out with your sweetheart!

Kirsten Evans and Alan Alberto in George Balanchine's Rubies_Choreography © George Balanchine Trust_Photo by Zaire Kacz Photography
Kirsten Evans and Alan Alberto in George Balanchine’s Rubies, photo by Zaire Kacz Photography.


6. Embrace the local talent and the beauty of collaboration! Rhode Island actor Nigel Gore narrates The Soldier’s Tale live on stage, accompanied by local musicians and of course, RI’s favorite ballet company!

Viktor Plotnikov rehearsing The Soldier’s Tale

7. Witness up-and-coming artists in action. Young designer Sylvie Mayer is creating breathtaking costumes for FBP’s reimagining of The Soldier’s Tale. You don’t want to miss her cutting edge vision!

8. Take advantage of the opportunity to see world renowned choreography in your backyard! FBP is one of the only ballets in New England to receive the honor of performing George Balanchine ballets, and Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon’s work is currently sought after by major dance companies across the globe.

Balanchine repetiteur Sandra Jennings working with the dancers of FBP on George Balanchine’s Rubies.


So what are you waiting for? For tickets to this steamy show, click here.



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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