RIC professor to visit Serbia with Festival Ballet Providence as resident scenic designer


Alan Pickart
In April, Alan Pickart, RIC associate professor of theatre, will travel to Serbia with the Festival Ballet Providence, which will perform at the 14th Annual Belgrade Dance Festival. Pickart will serve as resident set designer for the ballet company.

This will be the first time an American company has been invited to the festival, which was founded in 2004 by the initiative from the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO.

Mihailo "Misha" Djuric, artistic director and faculty chairman of Festival Ballet Providence, is a former first soloist with the National Opera and Ballet Theater in Belgrade, which was built in 1869. As a result of Djuric’s involvement, the Festival Ballet Providence has been invited to perform in the same theatre this upcoming April, presenting several works including Viktor Plotnikov’s “Coma,” for which Pickart designed the scenery in 2007.

“We’re taking a piece that is complicated scenically,” Pickart said. “There are four swings which move back and forth that the dancers sit on. They’re already built, and we’re shipping them on Monday, because it takes that long to get across the ocean. We’ll rendezvous with them there and install everything.”

Added Pickart: “I’m excited about it. It’s going to be an adventure, absolutely.”