ISLAND MOVING COMPANY NAMES PETER BRAMANTE AS THEIR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NEWPORT, R.I. (January 2, 2020) — After a nationwide search, Island Moving Company (IMC) has named Peter Nicholas Bramante their new executive director. Bramante represents IMC’s third executive director and will begin his new role on January 2, 2020. Bramante brings strong leadership skills and over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural sector as an executive, manager, artist and educator. Bramante’s movement work for Rhode Island theatre includes productions at Trinity Rep, The Providence Performing Arts Center, and Perishable Theatre.
Bramante previously served as Managing Director for FirstWorks. His duties included strategy, program/operations, marketing and institutional advancement. In 2010, he developed FirstWorks arts-learning program-initially serving 500 students. By 2016 the initiative benefitted over 4,500 students. Bramante produced FirstWorks participation in PVD Fest, co-wrote and implemented a Dance USA- for Engaging Dance Audiences grant and helped raise $375,000 annually. Bramante also served as a liaison to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office and Providence’s Department of Art, Culture & Tourism on its signature PVD Fest.
Martha Parker, IMC’s Chair of the Board of Directors says, “The Board of Directors is excited to have Peter Bramante join Island Moving Company as the new Executive Director. He will bring his first-hand experience and knowledge of dance and the Rhode Island non-profit community to our organization. Peter and Miki Ohlsen, our Artistic Director, make a dynamic team; they complement each other in so many ways.”
“This is an exciting time to be joining the leadership team at IMC, Bramante says. I’ve known and admired Miki Ohlsen’s work for many years-and have watched the artistic quality of the company ascend to world-class standards. IMC has evolved into a vital economic and cultural asset to Newport and Rhode Island. I am proud to have been selected to help steward the organization into its fourth decade and beyond.”
IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen says, “I am so excited to be working with Peter as we co-lead IMC into its fourth decade. Peter has been a leader in the arts community in Rhode Island and further afield for many years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the dance world and has great experience in leading not for profit organizations into the future. I have no doubt he will be successful with IMC. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us.”
Bramante grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He lived in Providence for 24 years and now resides in Tiverton, R.I with his husband. He earned a B.A. in Arts Management and Dance at Roger Williams University. He also earned an MFA in Dance Science and Performance Studies at Connecticut College while enrolled through a full fellowship. An advocate for experiential, arts-based learning, Bramante has held adjunct and associate professorships at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College and Connecticut College.
From 1984 to 2000, Bramante was a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre. He created over 25 choreographic works and directed all company productions and educational programs. During his time at Groundwerx, he was recipient of four choreographic fellowship awards from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a fellowship from the American Dance Festival. His choreographic work and commissions were presented at numerous universities, theatres and festivals across the country, including Gowanus Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, New York, Juneau Dance Unlimited, Juneau, Alaska and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Bramante provided leadership for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Arts & Business Council (A&BC/RI) by serving as Executive Director from 2000-2010. During his tenure, A&BC/RI expanded local programs and services, created innovative audience development tools and broadened the scope of nationally funded resources aimed at building capacity of R.I.’s cultural institutions. Bramante co-developed and implemented the State’s first centralized, marketing & box office service–ArtTixri.com in 2002–that served over 50 arts and cultural organizations.
In 2010, Bramante oversaw an upgrade to a new generation of the ArtTix platform that allowed for the creation of a centralized, community event calendar consortium comprised of the State Tourism, State Arts Council, Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism and Downtown Improvement District presently known today as ArtsNowRI.com.
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Island Moving Company (IMC), Newport’s Contemporary Ballet announces performance dates for two new productions at the newly restored Newport Congregational Church. An evening repertory show titled “The Nature of Light” and children’s matinee shows of “Alice In Wonderland” will be performed between October 17 – 20.
The Nature of Light will feature new work by Island Moving Company’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen, and choreography by the iconic José Limon, Colin Connor and IMC’s Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest. The show’s title is inspired by the reflective light-play from the historic church venue’s notable La Farge stained glass windows. The entire show will be approximately 90 minutes in length and performed to live music by an ensemble of musicians from across Southern New England under the direction of Adrienne Taylor.
The classic story of Alice In Wonderland will get a fresh Island Moving Company spin on Rhode Island Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director Nancy McAuliffe’s original version. With a classical music score by Dimitri Shastokovich and new, exciting choreography by Nancy McAuliffe, Miki Ohlsen and Danielle Genest, guests of all ages will follow the white rabbit as he takes Alice and the audience down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, where they will meet the Red Queen, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and all the magical residents of Wonderland.
Thanks to generous support from The Bazarsky Family Foundation, IMC will provide free admission to select performances of Alice in Wonderland to groups of kids from Newport’s Pell Elementary School, The Boys and Girls Club of Newport, Boys Town, and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Sponsorships are available for both of both The Nature of Light and Alice In Wonderland, and commissions are welcome for The Nature of Light. Tickets to both shows can be purchased online at islandmovingco.org or over the phone at (401) 847-4470.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen for 36 years, Island Moving Company has produced and presented dances by a diverse group of choreographers, working with musicians, poets, and visual artists. IMC is known for its creative use of unusual venues, creating site specific work at Rosecliff Mansion, Belcourt Castle, the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, the Great Friends Meeting Hall, Fort Adams, and other notable sites across Newport County.
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