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Randal S. Poirier establishes the Doing Well by Doing Good Charitable Foundation!

Island Moving Company would like to congratulate Randal S. Poirier, Financial Planner and Partner of Independence Financial Partners, on the establishment of his Doing Well by Doing Good Charitable Foundation! His long-term support of IMC and various other Newport nonprofits is very much appreciated!

Independence Financial Partners, a leading southern New England financial services firm with an office in Newport, announced this week that Poirier has established this charitable fund to support select Newport non-profits, especially those greatly impacted by COVID-19. The Doing Well by Doing Good Foundation is committed to distributing at least $100,000 to Newport charities, including IMC, over the next ten years.

Miki Ohlsen, IMC’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director, commented, “Randal is a lover of the arts and his loyal support of IMC for many years shows that. Randal has generously funded many IMC events such as School Time Matinees for the Newport Nutcracker and our Family Series Ballet, and it’s important to him to make sure children grow up with the arts around them. He has also donated to our Capital Campaign for a new Center for Dance and Education which, together with his new foundation, shows his dedication to thinking about the future of the Newport community.”

“I’m excited to formalize the philanthropy I’ve been committed to for over two decades,” said Poirier. “I enjoy using my skills to help a core group of local charities meet their goals. I also help non-profits maximize their fundraising results by helping them create customized planned charitable giving strategies for their donors. Beyond direct support, my hope is that highlighting these organizations will spotlight the fantastic work they do, while also encouraging more community support.”


Island Moving Company announces performance dates for both its ground-breaking new dance film and repertory series productions In Newport & Bristol, RI. Both events comply with all CDC & RI Dept. of Health guidelines for outdoor events, including physically distanced seating & required use of face masks. Tickets are on sale now.

IMC Is pleased to announce the World Premiere of its newest project, Out of Ruin, a Marta Renzi film, conceived & choreographed by IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen & Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, featuring the dancers of Island Moving Company. A red-carpet Experience is planned for the film’s Newport screening at Cardines Field on Friday October 2 at 6:30 pm. The film was shot this summer at locations across Newport, Jamestown, and Little Compton featuring much of Rhode Island’s natural beauty and historic landmarks in an original, captivating, and lush cinematic short. Inspired by a poem by Patience Strong (*provided below), this latest work shares a visually rich and kinetic allegory of individual clans in isolation who journey to discover their paths to a place of unity.

The week following the film premiere, IMC will present Its latest repertory production eMERGE!, a breathtaking selection of new & restaged dances, October 9-11 at Blithewold Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol, RI.  Out of Ruin, will receive an East Bay screening on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 as part of IMC’s outdoor series at Blithewold. eMERGE! features the premiere of new works from guest choreographer Colin Connor, former Artistic Director of the Jose Limon Company, as well as a new work from IMC’s Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest. Restaged works on the program Include dances from IMC’s Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen as well as Ms. Genest.

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New Dates added for WHERE IN NEWPORT IS IMC?

Island Moving Company (IMC) announces the addition of new dates to its popular Free Summer Performance Series.

Where in Newport is IMC? is a series of micro pop-up performances in some of Newport’s beautiful public parks. The series continues with new dates through September, beginning this Thursday, September 3rd at Rovensky Park and runs consecutive Thursdays through September 24th.

Dates and locations include:
• September 3 – Rovensky Park, Bellevue Avenue & Rovensky Avenue
• September 10 – Queen Anne Square, Thames Street & Church Street
• September 17 – Morton Park, Morton Avenue & Coggeshall Avenue
• September 24 – Miantonomi Park, 120 Hillside Avenue

All Performances run 10 minutes in length, will be presented at two times: 12:45pm & 1:15pm each Thursday.
Audiences are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy with the performances.