Island Moving Co. is just wrapping up our fabulous Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and we’re all looking forward to the adventures to come in 2016. We open the season with a jampacked Opening Weekend at our favorite mansion — two shows of new works on the evenings of February 26 & 27 with three matinees of our popular Mother Goose at Rosecliff on February 27 & 28. We are so excited for our spring, which includes our first ever performance at Vets Memorial Auditorium in Providence on April 23 and then our much-anticipated tour to Kazakhstan in May. The Great Friends Dance Festival will feature Kansas City’s Owen/Cox Dance as our resident guest company with additional guest performers from New York, Boston and from throughout the region. The fall will bring the seventh Open for Dancing Festival plus other surprises. Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Island Moving Co. dancers have moved into Rosecliff, along with the rest of our Nutcracker production. The house is being decorated for the Oelrich’s Christmas Eve celebration; lights and sound are being put in place and the entire cast will be blocking and rehearsing this week in preparation for Friday’s opening. Despite a somewhat misleading Newport Daily News headline, all of our professional dancers are cast in the show (!) and ready to deliver sublime performances for the short one-week run. If you have not gotten tickets yet, we’ll be sorry not to see you at Rosecliff. Please sign up for our emails so that you can be in good time to purchase tickets in 2016.
Once again, our Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff has sold out well before the first performance. We are excited that we will be performing for patrons traveling from 18 states this year. Miki has made some imaginative additions to the choreography and we have three beautiful Sugar Plum Fairies for you. We will take this opportunity to thank our Nutcracker Season Sponsor, Randal Poirier of Independence Financial Partners. Our two schooltime matinees are sponsored by Carol and David Bazarsky, and by Philip Pelletier, Richard Sardella and Alan & Marie Weiss. Many many thanks!
Join us at the studio on Veterans Day for a rehearsal of the Nutcracker Snow Scene. The Island Moving Co. dancers are joined by members of the children’s cast for a first run through of the scene in its entirety — many dancers, many traffic patterns, a certain amount of mayhem, all expertly managed by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen. The Open Rehearsal is free; patrons are welcome to come anytime between 12:30 and 1:30. The studios are on the second floor of 3 Charles Street in Newport. See you in the snow!
The dancers will be performing during the traditional Open for Dancing weekend with a warm-up for the upcoming 2016 Open for Dancing season. Miki Ohlsen is creating a piece that will move through Queen Anne Square, accompanied by the Trinity Church carillon and then into the hubbub of Bowen’s Wharf, with local musicians providing music for vignette performances in diverse locations on the water there. The piece will also include students from Portsmouth Abbey School and members of the community. Participation is still open — please call if you can join us in the performance. Rehearsals are Thursday and Friday afternoon; the performances are 3pm and 4:30pm on Saturday, September 26th. Sponsored by Bowen’s Wharf.
IMC dancer Christine Sandorfi will make a site specific dance for the fabulous playground at the new Pell School, working with sixteen 4th and 5th graders. They’ll perform for the school at 1:30 and 2pm and for the public at 5pm on Friday, September 25th. The dance is made possible by David and Leslie Reed. All free! See you out and about at Open for Dancing.
The Island Moving Co. dancers were joined by the Newport Strings Project in a performance at Holly Bannister’s house, Seaweed. The performance was the highlight of an event introducing people to the Opera House campaign and the exciting artistry that will be on the program at the theatre when it opens.
For the past 2 days, Island Moving Co. dancers and Directors have been rehearsing in Southampton to celebrate the town’s 375th Anniversary. The performance, based on IMC’s Open for Dancing model, will premier outside and travel through the center of Southampton, incorporating stories from the town’s rich history. IMC has invited Southampton community members to get involved — they will have the opportunity to rehearse with IMC dancers and experience site-specific work. The 2 performances will take place Saturday, August 1 at 3pm and 5pm, starting at Agawam Park in Southampton.
The Island Moving Co. has learned that it will be receiving a grant of $17,250 for general operating support under the RI State Council on the Arts “Investments in Arts & Culture” grant category. This marks the 29th year of support for the Company from the agency. The independent panel “found the artistic merit…very impressive. The work is high quality and has great integrity.” IMC and its dancers thank the people of the state of RI for their enthusiastic support.
See Island Moving Co.’s 2015 repertoire at our annual spring show in the beautiful Casino Theatre, Saturday May 16th, 2015. Join us for an incredible evening of dance for dance lovers. Come for a drink with Board members and other aficionados before the show and walk to the theatre with us at 7:30. After the performance, which features premieres by John-Mark Owen and Company member Shane Farrell, join the dancers for a convivial dinner at the Canfield House.
Our repertory also includes Spencer Gavin Hering’s electric “ism” duets, Glen Lewis’ breezy Image de Vida and Miki Ohlsen’s soaring La Tierra Giro, which premiered at Rosecliff in March.
Performance only is $25; drinks at 6pm and the performance is $55 and the full evening with dinner included is $80. Get more details and buy your tickets here.
The IMC dancers will be part of the huge celebration of the sailors of the Volvo Ocean Race on May 13th at Fort Adams. We’ll be performing on the inner Fort stage at 7:15pm, just before a NewportFilm showing. We’re thrilled to be part of this significant event for Newport and thank Sail Newport for including us.