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Island Moving Co. to feature international choreographers

By The Newport Daily News staff
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at 6:21 PM

http://www.newportri.com/news/20181017/island-moving-co-to-feature-international-choreographers


NEWPORT — An upcoming series of contemporary ballet performances by the Island Moving Co. will feature choreographers from Italy, Puerto Rico and Newport.

The show — titled “Far to Near: Choreography. Closer.” — is designed to showcase the company’s 13 nationally and internationally recruited dancers in three new works commissioned by the troupe as well as three pieces already in the troupe’s repertory.

It will be performed Oct. 26-27 in the intimate 200-seat setting of the Casino Theatre, 10 Freebody St.

Simona De Tullio, the director of the Breathing Art Company based in Bari, Italy, will debut two pieces with scores by Puccini and Ivan Iusco with Hugues Lebars, respectively. De Tullio has directed the international San Nicola Dance Prize since 2010, and is influenced in part by her collaborations with American contemporary ballet legend Alonzo King.

Island Moving Co. Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen will debut a piece to join the more than 30 works she has contributed to the company’s repertory. Ohlsen’s premiere will feature veteran IMC dancer Katie Moorehead and relative newcomer Gregory Tyndall in an intimate duet.

“Far to Near: Choreography. Closer.” also will feature “Here’s to Life” by Puerto Rico native Rodney Rivera. The piece was commissioned by Island Moving Co. in the spring of this year in tribute to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastation in the fall of 2017. It features a score by Michael Nyman and Johnny Mandel.

The program also will feature three pieces being restaged from the company’s existing repertory: “Transport” by IMC Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest, “Queens are Made of Distance and Greasepaint” by IMC dancer Shane Farrell, and “Continua Metamorfosi” by Ohlsen, originally commissioned by Topsy Taylor.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at IslandMovingCo.org or by calling 847-4470.

Edward King House screening of IMC’s VETS’s performance.

Film Screening of Creative Continuum with IMC at the Edward King House

Join IMC and the Edward King House to watch the recording of Newport’s contemporary ballet company performance from May 12th at the EKH.  Island Moving Company shares for the first time on film their one night only performance featuring all live music “Creative Continuum,” Vets Memorial Stage.  Suggested donation is $5 with two showing times (3:00 Matinee and 6:30 Evening)  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

Dance Informa Review of “Creative Continuum”

It’s undeniable that dance doesn’t have to he performed with any kind of score to be beautiful and meaningful. Yet live music can offer another sensory level that makes experiencing live dance all the more powerful. Newport, Rhode Island-based Island Moving Company (IMC), a group of various local musicians and the Rhode Island Civic Chorale showed this to be quite true in Creative Continuum – Dances with Live Music at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, RI.

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May 4th Open Rehearsal with Maurice Causey

Please join us on Friday, May 4th for an Open Rehearsal in preparation for our May 12th VET’s performance, Creative Continuum.

 

Enjoy an informal evening of dance at our studio.  MEET CHOREOGRAPHER MAURICE CAUSEY AND SEE A PREVIEW OF HIS NEW WORK! 

Feel free to bring your favorite beverage to share with our guests and dancers.

Open Rehearsal
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018
7:00pm
at the IMC Studios, 3 Charles St., 2nd Floor

This event is free but due to overwhelming turnout at previous open rehearsals, we ask you to reserve your space in advance by clicking here.

Click here to learn more about Maurice.

And the Paris Raffle Winner Is…

Congratulations to this year’s Paris Raffle Winner,
Nicole A. Halbreiner!

Second Prize for 2 tickets to IMC’s Summer Gala were won by
Newport’s Michael Paddon.

Many thanks to everyone who entered and more importantly, to those who helped promote the raffle.  It is through your support that Island Moving Company and the Newport Academy of Ballet can continue to bring art and dance to this community, enriching lives and positively impacting an individual’s sense of self.

MERCI!

 

IMC’s Jr. Co. presents “Carnival of the Animals” during Winter Festival Feb. 18

Island Moving Co.’s Junior Company presents…
Carnival of the Animals

Sunday, February 19th
2:30 + 3:30pm

A charming work for children, choreographed by Christine Sandorfi.

America’s first Children’s Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky, has written funny and clever verses to accompany the composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s “The Carnival of the Animals,” and Island Moving Co.’s Junior Company, under the direction of Christine Sandorfi, has crafted a singular ballet encompasing both the words and music, inviting the dancers and audience to “tromp like an elephant, hop like a kangaroo, glide like a swan, and be creatively inspired by this joyful work.” – Judith Bachleitner, head of the music department at the prestigious Rudolf Steiner School in New York City.

Suitable for all ages!

Tickets: $5 for 1 Adult plus 1 child
$2 for each additional child
$1 off with Winter
Festival bracelet

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Tickets on Sale Now for Opening Weekend!

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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Welcome new Executive Director, Edward McPherson!

After a nationwide search, Island Moving Company (IMC) has named Edward McPherson, a professional ballet dancer and Education and Program Coordinator for Midland County Public Libraries in Midland, Texas to succeed outgoing executive director Dominique Alfandre.  IMC is a classically trained contemporary ballet company and Alfandre has successfully led the non-profit organization for 35 years.  McPherson represents IMC’s second executive director and will begin his new role this month.

John LaRocca, IMC’s Chair of the Board of Directors says, “Edward is a very dynamic young man that has the experience to run the business side of Island Moving Company as executive director.  Being a former dancer, Edward will understand the artistic side of the Company and work extremely well with our Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen.”

McPherson says, “I’m honored to join Island Moving Company as their executive director. I’m greatly inspired by IMC’s mission and extraordinary programming.  Only in Newport is it possible to be enchanted by such classical performances as the Nutcracker, Mother Goose, and Dracula in Gilded Age style from within a mansion. Moreover, cities across this great nation can no more than dream of mounting a ballet aboard the floating stage provided by a tall ship with the history and majesty of the Oliver Hazard Perry.”

Reflecting on his past experience McPherson adds, “I was fortunate to have advocates that opened doors for me as I worked hard to become a professional ballet dancer. Those acts of generosity, kindness, and trust were not lost on me. Working in development and community building is an opportunity for me to give back and invest in future generations and I look forward to sharing this experience with the greater Newport community.”

IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen says, “I am so excited to start working with IMC’s new executive director, Edward McPherson.   His enthusiasm for what IMC is and will become is absolutely amazing. His tremendous energy and collaborative spirit will make Edward and me a great team. Here’s to the future!”

McPherson grew up in Davis, California, graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan and worked as a professional ballet dancer for five years.  He was a member of Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sacramento Ballet in Sacramento, California. McPherson also taught dance education at The Waterford School, in Sandy, Utah, and at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.  He served as the Business Manager for the Midland Festival Ballet in Midland, Texas. He studied Science Ballet at Indiana University and is expected to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in May.

van Beuren Charitable Fdn and NewportFed Support Math Into Movement

Island Moving Company has received generous funding to continue its tradition of engagement with the Newport County schools with its Math Into Movement residency.  Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen and Education Program Director Christine Sandorfi are now scheduling the residencies, designed for second graders and their teachers, with elementary schools on Aquidneck Island.  The van Beuren Charitable Foundation and NewportFed Charitable Foundation have each granted a second year of funding to this arts integration initiative.  Their support will enable teachers to learn tools to engage kinetic learners in acquiring vital math skills.  The dancers of the Island Moving Company will visit each school to offer in-school workshops on addition and telling time during the winter months, beginning in January.  Teachers will continue using the lesson plans to continue illustrating math principles through lively physical exercises.  This year, the residency will also include a new unit for first graders on addition.  The Company has also received continuing support from Ocean State Charities Trust for our education programs.

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!