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Island Moving Company opens its 36th season with an Opening Weekend at Rosecliff, Newport’s most romantic mansion, on March 2, 3 & 4, 2018. The Company restages its popular ballet for the very young, Mother Goose, at four matinees; and presents two evenings of new ballets in A Collection of Attitudes 2018.

                                  

Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen will present the premiere of new works by 3 choreographers: faculty member of Boston Ballet School Kevin Jenkins; Rodney Rivera, Artistic Director of Ballet Brio, based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and IMC’s recently appointed Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest. Choreographer Thom Dancy’s piece created for 2017’s Open for Dancing will be reworked for the stage. We will also perform duets from Miki Ohlsen’s Of Beauty and Light, Breathing Space by Spencer Gavin Hering and Shane Farrell’s Pavo Cristatus.

For the younger set, Island Moving Co. presents Mother Goose at Rosecliff, a lively retelling of the familiar nursery rhymes using movement and live music. Audience members will be led by the effervescent Mother Goose herself through the spectacular rooms of Rosecliff for an interactive and entertaining performance event for children as young as three. IMC dancers will perform Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet and more. The Company is joined by the ever entertaining Lisa Reimer and her minstrel accompanist Alicia Ruggiero, directing the action and reciting the familiar rhymes as Mother Goose.

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Final Bow to another Nutcracker

Island Moving Company’s dancers wrapped up another sold out and successful Nutcracker on December 1st.  The dancers and the cast of 80 children were all sad to see the magical production end, but you can’t stay at Rosecliff forever.  The memories will remain — and equally so for our audience.  Tina and David Bowling of Gloucester, MA wrote to us with this praise for our unique Nutcracker:

“Bravo,Bravo!
We had the pleasure of attending the Nutcracker at Rosecliff last night, having a most enjoyable evening. The dancers are all wonderful and superbly talented, each one poised and professional in their presentation of this timeless classic. The use of this grand venue for a backdrop to this glorious ballet is genius. Kudos to the creative and talented minds that brought it all together. A fantastic way to begin our Christmas season.”

Many of our dancers are performing in other Nutcracker performances around the country and we will be back at Rosecliff at the end of 2018, from November 23 to November 30.  Keep an eye out for tickets going on sale — pre-sale starts August 1st and the remainder of tickets are available October 1st.  See you at Rosecliff in March for the opening of our 36th season!

Nutcracker Mini at Sandywoods

Island Moving Company brings its Nutcracker mini to Sandywoods Center for the Arts for the seventh season on December 3rd. The show, which includes a reading of the Nutcracker story interspersed with performances by the children’s cast and professional dancers of the IMC, begins at 11am. For more information, go to the Sandywoods website.

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Open for Dancing Coming Up Soon!

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!

Nuit Blanche Bal de Danse just weeks away!

Island Moving Company’s unique summer gala, the Nuit Blanche, highlights the most important thing of all — dancing!  The Nuit Blanche: Bal de Danse will include performances by the Island Moving Company dancers as well as guest artists among the follies, pools and new features of Ronald Lee Fleming’s famous Bellevue House gardens.  Sketch artist Nicole Crugnale, musician Michael Walsh and actors from the Seaside Shakespeare troupe will alternate performances by the dancers throughout the first hour of the gala.  Doug Woolverton and his Groove Merchants will entice patrons into the tent for a short auction by Liz and Emlen Drayton and more dancing on Newport’s largest dance floor till midnight.  Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and full bar with beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co, wine from Bellevue Wine and Liquors and Fit Vine, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, through the evening.  Tickets start at $200 and are available here.

Green Street Studios Ballet Showcase

Memoria TPPIsland Moving Company is performing in a first-ever ballet showcase at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA.  Green Street is known as a lively venue for modern dance.  They are expanding and educating their audiences this season with a series of showcases of other dance forms.  This ballet showcase is their first foray and has already become a Boston Globe Pick for the weekend and attracted a great roster of talent.  We will be performing Rodney Rivera’s beautiful Memoria Y Vidrio on a program with Tai Jimenez, Kevin Jenkins, Tony Williams Ballet Company, D SundanceX and Boston Ballet II.
Hope you’ll join us in Cambridge April 21, 22 & 23.  More information and tickets here.

 

Invited to perform at Green Street Studios

Memoria 0767As 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.

 

Opening Weekend at Rosecliff offers “a wonderful celebration”

Psalms - 3-2017 TPP webThe 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.

 

Wheaton College performance Saturday, February 25

Our residency at Wheaton College culminates this weekend with a performance in the College’s beautiful Weber Theatre on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm.  The show includes Miki’s joyful “There’s a Party in My Mind,” a new solo by Danielle Genest and Miki’s restaging of Michael Thomas’ moving “Psalms,” created in the first years of the Company.  The residency began last fall with Shane Farrell creating a work for the Wheaton College Dance Company and has continued with master classes taught by IMC dancers this week.  Tickets to the show are free, but must be reserved by calling 508-286-3575 or by email at boxoffice@wheatoncollege.edu.