Open Rehearsal 11-11

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!

Open for Dancing Interlude September 25 & 26

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.

Performance for Newport’s Opera House

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 Seaweed 8-2015Opera House campaign and the exciting artistry that will be on the program at the theatre when it opens.

IMC Performing for Southampton’s 375th Anniversary

SouthamptonFor 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.

IMC receives RISCA funding

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.

On The Verge – May 16th at the Casinos

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.

Joining the Volvo Ocean Race Celebration

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.

An Intimate Evening at the Little Compton Community Center

The dancers bring an intimate evening of duets, solos and trios to the stage at the charming Little Compton Community Center, on the Common in LC, May 2nd at 6pm.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and audience members will have a chance to mingle with the performers after the show. Tickets are only $15 for this magical evening. Call 401 635-2400 or visit the LCCC website for tickets.


MARCH 7 & 8

Mother Goose / Rep Show – “A Collection of Attitudes” / IMC’s 2015 Junior Company Repertory Show, “Temps en L’Air”

Mother Goose
March 7th at 3pm and March 8th at 1pm & 3pm

Jack and Jill, the itsy bitsy spider, Humpty Dumpty, the Woman from France, Little Bo-Peep, and of course, Mother Goose, are only a few of the characters that will appear during the 2015 Mother Goose at Rosecliff performances. This ballet of classic nursery rhymes recounted by Mother Goose–enacted by everyone’s favorite storyteller, Lisa Reimer–is playfully brought to life by Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen and Island Moving Co.’s professional dancers.

A Collection of Attitudes
March 7th at 7pm

Nine dancers, six musicians in celebration of the opening of Island Moving Co.’s 33rd season.  New works will be premiered by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, Associate Artistic Director Spencer Gavin Hering, dancers Glen Lewis and Shane and guest choreographer Colin Connor.  The evening at Rosecliff includes a celebration toast and open bar and hors d’oeuvres by Blackstone Caterers at intermission.

Temps en L’Air
March 8th at 6pm

Island Moving Co.’s Junior Company, under the direction of Christine Sandorfi, presents pieces choreographed especially for our young dancers by Danielle Genest, Lauren Difede, Shane Farrell and Christine Sandorfi, plus excerpts from Act III of Coppelia, staged by Brooke DiFrancesco.


Nine evening performances over two weeks of great times, great friends and great dance with guest companies from around the country!

In May 2015, IMC will perform with our 2014 Great Friends Dance Festival exchange company, Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, at their home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

IMC Etude-Shane-Farrell

The Great Friends Dance Festival was founded by IMC to showcase new work, guest companies, and artists from around the country. The project uses a trade of resources between small and mid-size ballet companies around the country to increase audiences and visibility for this overlooked constituency.

For Island Moving Co., the model moves us closer to several goals: to have a regular spring performance season without the expense of self-producing in new cities; to broaden our visibility around the country and expand our audiences; to provide more touring opportunities for small and midsize ballet companies; and, finally, to connect with other artists around the country presenting new dance, expanding the ballet repertoire and connecting audiences to dance.   The Great Friends Residency project was initially  funded by the Rhode Island Foundation.

GFDF 2014 Sailing

Resident Companies in 2014
Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre
Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co.
Part of the Oath
Marta Renzi: The Book of Breath
Matthew Westerby Company
Lydia Johnson Dance

Resident Companies in 2013
Ali Kenner Brodsky
Amaranth Contemporary Dance
Anne Zuerner Dance
Houston Metropolitan Dance Company
Lydia Johnson Dance

GFDF 2014 Finale by Monique Burgess
Resident Companies in 2012
Missouri Contemporary Ballet
John Mark Owen Presents…
Daniel McCusker Dance Project
Providence Ballet Theatre

Resident Companies in 2011
Pasadena Dance Theatre
Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance
John Mark Owen Presents…
Saifan Shmerer | SASSON
Adrienne Westwood/ VIA Dance Collaborative
RoxanneLola MovementMachine