Island Moving Company’s most joyous festival is coming up September20-24. Come explore the possibility of participating in the creation and performance of a unique site specific work with a renowned choreographer and collaborating artist. We’ll be lifting a glass and answering questions at Salvation Cafe on Wednesday, September 6th starting at 5pm. Open for Dancing offers classes, opportunities to interact with the artists, exciting evening events and of course the thrill of being part of a company of dancers creating new work in iconic Newport landscapes. Check out the details here. Performances on September 23 and 24 are all free. Join us for a fun-filled festival!
A sold out run of the Great Friends Dance Festival opened each night with an Etude, created that day by one of the visiting choreographers or dancers at the Festival. Dancers sign up to participate and the work is created in just two hours during the day and performed at the show that night. The Etudes, an idea brought to us by John-Mark Owen in 2012, have become one of the signature elements of this community of dancers and an audience favorite. Etudes this year were created by Simona De Tullio of Breathing Art Company (Bari, Italy), Caitlin Trainor (NY), Kat Nasti (Boston) and Fernando Rodriguez of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Saturday’s performance began with a work in progress showing of a new dance by IMC dancer Tara Gragg. Pictured is Kat Nasti’s “Party Pooper,” a fun addition to the canon.
The Great Friends Dance Festival continues this evening with performances by Island Moving Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Kat Nasti Dance, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Breathing Art Company and Attila Joey Csiki. Advance coverage of the Festival in the Providence Journal last Sunday and in our own Newport Daily News.
Tickets are available for the remaining shows here.