Feb. 15-17, 2019 | Three Striking Ballets

Immerse yourself in the captivating awe of three powerful ballets that only Festival Ballet could bring to the stage. From Viktor Plotnikov’s gripping dance-drama “Coma” to George Balanchine’s sumptuous “Serenade,” and Yury Yanowsky’s apocalyptic “Smoke & Mirrors”, this impressive program reflects something for everyone.


Fri. Feb. 15, 2019 – 7:30pm
Sat. Feb. 16, 2019 – 7:30pm
Sun. Feb. 17, 2019 – 2:00pm

The Vets
One Avenue of the Arts, Providence RI 02903

$24, $39, $49, $59, $86
Tickets available Sept. 4, 2018
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for entry.

Music: Arvo Pärt
Choreography: Viktor Plotnikov

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Lucas Vidal
Choreography: Yury Yanowsky

Approx. 111 minutes including two fifteen-minute intermissions


Viktor Plotnikov’s “Coma” is a dance-drama like no other. Inspired by Michael Chrichton’s 1978 film of the same name, the work is at turns tender and gripping, with the unique shapes, angles, and perspectives audiences have come to expect from this truly contemporary choreographer.



George Balanchine’s “Serenade” is considered one of the all time masterpieces of 20th century choreography. The ballet that launched the iconic choreographer’s extraordinary American career, is a visual treat, drenchec in moonlight and bursting with energy. The New Yorker magazine says “the piece is beautiful—stirring, sweeping.”

Smoke & Mirrors


Former Boston Ballet principal dancer Yury Yanowsky created his first major work for that company in 2016, which WBUR calls, “innovative and inspired, breaking the boundaries of possibilities in ballet.” The smoky, apocalyptic work is a reflection of today’s society and its codependent relationship with social media.

George Balanchine’s Serenade is “an acknowledged 20th-century classic.”

NY Times

“An emphatic and deeply personal effort, realized with singularity and intelligence…We need more choreographers like Plotnikov”

Dance Magazine

“Yanowsky’s innovative revisions of ballet technique come on fast and furious”

Patriot Ledger

Pictured: (Top Photo) Vilia Putrius in Coma. Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion. // (Carousel) 1: Vilia Putrius in Coma, Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion; 1: FBP Company in Coma, Photo by Thomas Nola-Rion; 3: Boston Ballet in Smoke & Mirrors. Photo by Gene Schiavone.

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