An intrepid trio of moms hosted a sleepover at the Island Moving Company’s studios, presiding over a group of excited young dancers ranging in age from 8 to 16. Miki Ohlsen led a spirited round of beachball volleyball in the large studio and there was a showing of last year’s Nutcracker on the big screen. IMC dancers Katie and Glen led classes to start off the evening on a dancerly note. Mary Van Pelt and Pamela Younes spearheaded the event to benefit the Fund for Young Dancers, for which it raised over $1400. Kelley Cord joined the festivities for the entire night and Karen Cadwalader, whose pictures are below, was declared an honorary participant.
As part of Green Street Studios’ first ever ballet showcase, the Cambridge, MA presenter has invited Island Moving Company to perform there April 21 at 8pm, April 22 at 8pm and April 23 at 6pm. The Company will be in good company, performing Rodney Rivera’s new “Memoria Y Vidria” on a program shared with Kevin Jenkins, David Sun, Tai Jimenez, Tony Williams and Boston Ballet II. The Showcase is part of a new venture by Green Street, which aims to introduce existing audiences to new and exciting dance forms, share and engage audiences with a variety of artists, and open doors to new patrons and new forms by facilitating a dialogue between performers and audiences. A special ticket offer is available at the Green Street Box Office, which can be found at this address. We’ll hope you’ll join us on this exciting adventure in dance.
The Company’s recent Opening Weekend at Rosecliff received a glowing review today, posted on the dancer website Dance Informa. Opening Weekend included sold out performances of Mother Goose and two evening shows featuring new works by Rodney Rivera, Danielle Genest and Miki Ohlsen. We were thrilled to have all of the choreographers on the program attend the performances. Audiences were thrilled to be able to meet and talk with Bill Evans, Rodney Rivera, Danielle Genest and Mark Harootian. Miki Ohlsen restaged the moving “Psalms,” choreographed in 1983 by the late Michael Thomas, who was a founding member of IMC. Read Kathryn Boland’s review here. Excerpts from Rodney’s beautiful “Memoria Y Vidrio” will be performed on the Casino Theatre stage at our show there on May 13th.