Orchis is Coming


Last year the Festival Ballet Providence performance of Orchis delighted the audiences. Inspired by a collection of my photographs, Orchis is a unique ballet that brings together photography, dance, and music in a moving experience. This year, FBP will perform Orchis again as part of Boundless Plotnikov on March 14, 15, 16, 2014 at the Vets in Providence. There will be two more Plotnikov pieces in the program and it will delight the audiences again. Learn more about Orchis:

Last summer, I showed a collage of video clips and my photographs at the NECCC conference to a crowd of photographers and received a very favorable response with many inquiries as to whether it would be performed again. Here is the opportunity for all lovers of photography to engage with their beloved medium in a unique way combining dance and music with photography. I thank the NECCC conference chair Dennis Goulet and the organizing committee for bringing this presentation to the annual conference.

Put the dates on your calendar, come see Orchis and two other pieces by Viktor. Orchis is more than its parts, it is an experience. Come see it, you will agree.

Performance information

March 14, 15 & 16, 2014
Friday, March 14 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, March 15 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, March 16 @ 2:30pm
Tickets: $23-$85 (Use VIKTOR18 discount code for an 18% discount)
Ordering: 401-421-ARTS (2787) or www.TheVetsRI.com

Here are some comments from last year:

Orchis then becomes like the beautiful butterfly, whose spirit soars spectacularly, but briefly. I feel privileged to have been one of those who watched as it flew by.

That was absolutely wonderful. So beautiful! The dancing was superb, the costumes perfect and your photos beyond wonderful! I am so glad I saw it…..I took my friend for his birthday and he cannot stop talking about it….I hope the show gets picked up by other companies…

You had made the orchids come to life through your photographic genius. We, as audience, welcomed the opportunity to give you an appreciative HAND, clapping being such a great release after watching this breathtaking work of art. I shall be coming to the third performance on Sunday. I loved the intersection of the dance, photographs, and musical composition. I hope that your work will be performed again.

After the bows with Team Orchis. Misha (kneeling in front), Sonya (in black dress), Viktor (in red T-shirt), and me (in my usual bow tie) with the dancers who made this performance possible. Thank you all, and I am looking forward to the second year of Orchis. Come and see Orchis, it will be a memorable experience, promise. Go Team Orchis!


  1. Mike Di Stefano says

    I remember the first showing of Orchis, it was my first experience attending a ballet, I didn’t know what to expect. I was amazed with the complexity of dance moves but yet gentle fluid motions making it look so simple and smooth. Orchis had such free form and creative movements. The dual medium of dance and photography of Orchis was a double treat. The compositions of the still images unfolded during the moving performance. I may have witnessed history. The very first combination of two art forms; ballet and photography, and I was honored and excited to take part. If you get a chance to see it, it shouldn’t be missed.

  2. Laura Landen says

    I attended the first showing of Orchis and intend to do the same this year, with a friend who has an art background. Orchis is an original production arising from a remarkable convergence of creative photography with original choreography and score. The production is inspired by Cemal Ekin’s collection of photographs of orchid petals. The projected images are mimicked by the dancers, moving in response to the score. Don’t miss this remarkable, unique performance!

  3. Jude Plante says

    Orchis is a very – and I do mean very – engaging and mesmerizing performance. The co-mingling of the three art forms (music, dance, photography) is a feast for the eyes, ears, and heart. The choreography is as smooth and lithe as the dancer’s bodies while the images both incite passion and provide a feeling of tranquility as they transition across the screen. A thoroughly enjoyable time.