Revolve Dance Project Introduces Second Season in Newport

Dancers, musicians, choreographers and composers come together to create a unique showcase of artistic collaboration, hosted by performing arts company Revolve Dance Project.

Revolve Dance Project dancers Azamat Asangul and Eugenia Zinovienva share the stage. Photo by Jon Doucette.

Visit the Jane Pickens Theater this Sunday, July 31, to see a spectacular showcase of original live music and choreography. This program is performed by Revolve Dance Project, a performing arts company of seasoned young professional dancers, composers, musicians and choreographers all working together to create a collaborative music-and-dance experience. Throughout the show, view six world premiere collaborative pieces brought to life for the Providence-based company’s second season.

A pas de deux, or ballet duet, will be accompanied by Juilliard graduates and violinist Josh Knowles in a three-person band, followed by a pas de trois backed by folk band Laden Valley, a local Newport sensation. Josh Knowles will also provide an electric string score for a contemporary dance choreographed by Kurt Douglas of the Boston Conservatory. Newcomer to Revolve Dance Project, Ruka White, will perform a piece focused on female empowerment with a jazz quartet made of locals and musicians from as far as Haiti.

Revolve Dance Project is a summer program encompassing artists from across the country. They gather for several weeks to connect and create totally new works to showcase at the end of each season, fostering an interdisciplinary artistic connection between performers. Founder and Director Kirsten Evans was a dancer herself for ten years at Festival Ballet Providence, who developed different ideas about the future of dance.

“Dance makes you hear music differently,” Evans says. “Live music makes you dance – automatically. When I see someone tapping their foot at a jazz club or bobbing their head to the busker in the park, I am reminded of the effects of live music on even those who do not call themselves dancers.”

Inspired by the collaborative works between choreographers and composers like Petipa and Tchaikovsky, or Balanchine and Stravinsky, Evans sought out to foster a space where living composers and choreographers could once again join forces to create beautiful works together. For her, music and dance are inseparable.

On July 31 from 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., enter the theater as an audience member, and exit as an artist. Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St., Newport,



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