This week has been a very full one. Productive meetings in cozy coffee shops, much needed catch-ups over cocoa chai, and of course, FBP’s first theatre week of the season. The company has been working hard each night, putting the final touches on our opening production, Ballets Russes Reinvented, and I’m very excited to finally feel the audience beyond the curtain tonight. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes photos later this weekend. Here comes Season 38- Merde FBP!
We are headed to The Vets this week, and already I feel the familiar excitement of performance time. Choreographer Dominic Walsh returns to Providence tonight, so it seems an appropriate time to look back on this interview from a few weeks ago, when he was in town setting his works. In the clip, Dominic sheds some light on the inspiration behind his reinventions of Le Spectre de la Rose and Afternoon of a Faun. Being able to learn about the birthplace of his creativity and take special note of those influences now, while preparing his pieces for the stage, has been so rewarding. I especially love seeing the Rodin sculpture of Nijinsky that inspired the iconic first pose in his Faun. Dominic makes such a poignant statement about creation:
“That time of The Ballets Russes was so exciting; They were breaking barriers. There was this dedication to exploration and excellence. So I think to reinvent these works is one way to contribute to the roles and responsibilities of the cultural institutions, and therefore our community.”
Very well said. If you have a minute, check out his interview below. The extended version is even juicier, if you’re interested.
Photo of FBP ladies in rehearsal for Dominic Walsh’s Afternoon of a Faun by Alex Lantz; Second photo featuring Ty and Marissa Parmenter in Dominic Walsh’s Afternoon of a Faun.