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Mindaugas Bauzys

Mindaugas Bauzys - Ballet Master

Born in Lithuania, Mr. Bauzys graduated from Vilnius Ballet School, joining the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Th eatre where he was a principal dancer.He continued his training at the Copenhagen Bournonwille Summer Academy and the Mariinsky Th eatre in St. Petersburg. He was a principal dancer with Ballet Arlington and a soloist with Boston Ballet, performing lead roles in: Cinderella, Snow White and Seven Dwarves, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Chipolino, Raymonda, Daphnis and Chloe, Tchaikovsky, Carmen, Greek Zorba, Don Quixote, Le Spectre de la Rose, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Artist's Life, Venetian Carnival, Hamlet, Apollo, Divertimento #15, Allegro Brillante, Eldar Aliev's A Thousand and One Nights and many modern numbers composed for him.

Mr. Bauzys also performed as a guest artist in the USA, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and, in 2000, he performed in Vladimir Vasilyev's anniversary Gala at Bolshoi Theatre. Mr. Bauzys was also honored as Ballet Artist of the Year and he received the St. Christopher's Prize from the Lithuanian Theatre Union while becoming the laureate in the arts category of the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, The Arts and Science. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, which was given by the Lithuanian President. He is also married to company dancer Vilia Putrius. This is Mr. Bauzys' eighth season with FBP.

Leticia Guerrero

Ballet Mistress - Leticia Guerrero

A native of Venezuela, Ms. Guerrero received her early training at the Keyla Ermecheo Ballet School in Caracas. She has performed with numerous companies including Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas, Metropolitan Ballet of Caracas, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Michigan Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre and Cadence Dance Project. She has created leading roles in ballets in Gianni Dimarco's El Amor Brujo, Schéhérazade and Azucar, Plotnikov's Carmen, The Widow's Broom, Loof and Let Dime and Coma, De Bouteiller's Romeo and Juliet and FBP's 2006 premiere of Don Quixote. Other leading roles include Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Rubies, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Tarantella, Who Cares?, Pelzig's The Princess and the Pea, Swan Lake and Eldar Aliev's A Thousand and One Nights. Ms. Guerrero also participated in the 2004 Venezuela Del Mundo Gala and was recognized for representing Venezuela internationally with high standards and “projection, dignity and beauty.” In addition Providence Mayor David Cicilline awarded a Citizens Citation for her “exceptional and wholehearted devotion for the art of dance.”

After her retirement from the stage in May 2012, she transitioned into her new role as Ballet Mistress with the Company, and as a faculty member with FBP School where she continues to pass on her knowledge to a new generation of dancers.

Viktor Plotnikov

Resident Choreographer - Viktor Plotnikov

Born in Kharkov City, Ukraine, Mr. Plotnikov received his training at the Kiev-Ukraine School and the St. Petersburg Vaganova Ballet Academy. From 1987 to 1990, he was a soloist with Donetsk Ballet Company in the Ukraine. Plotnikov held principal dancer positions at Ballet Mississippi and Tulsa Ballet Theatre between 1990 and 1993, before joining Boston Ballet as a principal dancer in 1993, where he performed until 2006. He has danced major roles in extensive classical and contemporary ballets by many of the major choreographers, and has toured extensively in Russia and the US.

In 1998 Mr. Plotnikov’s extensive performance career lead to choreographic inspiration. Since then Plotnikov has created a myriad of original works for numerous organizations and individuals, often to great acclaim. These include solos and duets performed at International Gala Performances and as part of international ballet competitions, with musical taste ranging from Brahms to Pink Floyd. From 2002 to 2005, he received rave reviews for his choreography and as co-director and co-producer of the choreographers’ showcase Raw Dance in collaboration with Boston Ballet and Boston Center for the Arts. He has since created original, commissioned works for companies including Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and the Bolshoi Theatre.

Awards include “Best Choreography” at the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition and at the 2007 World Ballet Competition, Orlando; Outstanding Choreography Prize at the 2006 Youth American Grand Prix Competition; Second Prize winner of the 2007 International Choreographic Competition in Milwaukee; Best Choreography Award at the 2008 Ballet Competition in Perm, Russia; and Outstanding Choreographer Award at the 2009 Youth American Grand Prix.

In 2003, 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.

Mr. Plotnikov is married to Boston Ballet’s Larissa Ponomarenko.

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