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.
Choreographers Danielle Genest, Shane Farrell, Christine Sandorfi and Miki Ohlsen have been creating dances for the lovely and unique features of Ron Fleming’s Bellevue House garden, in preparation for Friday’s Nuit Blanche. The dancers will be joined in the garden by musician Michael Walsh, the Seaside Shakespeare Company and singers Thomas and Joseph Burdick. Patrons will seek out performances at a koi pond, on a loggia, near a classical teahouse and on the branches of a majestic beech tree during the first half of the evening. Doug Woolverton and the Groove Merchants will take over in the tent for dancing till midnight. Tickets are still available here.