California choreographer Colin Connor has been in the studio for these cold days, working on his new full company piece, Everything is Closer Than It Appears. The piece premieres at Rosecliff in A Collection of Attitudes, IMC’s season opener on March 7th. Join us for a beautiful evening of dance, drinks and friends; tickets here.
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Island Moving Co. dancers have been working with Pell School’s second and third graders this month. The third graders created dances around the themes of Perseverance, Compassion, Gratitude and Respect, while the second graders helped us pilot our new math-based curriculum. The second grade teachers are getting movement workshops too, and they have been great! With help from the Benefactors of the Arts Secret Garden Tour, the RI State Council on the Arts and the Frances R. Dewing Foundation.
Many many thanks to our wonderful donors who have helped us end 2014 on a high note. From the foundational support of our Partners for Dance, to our generous Board to the dozens of donors who send a gift year after year, Island Moving Co. is honored to thrive through the support of our community. See you all in our 33rd season! Happy New Year!
Island Moving Co dancers and members of the children’s cast traveled to Tiverton on Sunday, December 7th to perform a shortened version of the Nutcracker story for small people and their parents. The show began with some audience participation and then everyone settled in to hear IMC Chair John LaRocca read the story of the Nutcracker, with performance interspersed in the narrative. A capacity crowd turned out for this fourth mini at Sandywoods Farm, an artists community with a lovely performance hall that hosts all kinds of music and activity. Afterwards, the cast came out to greet the audience and take some photos.
Rehearsals are underway for the children’s cast of Island Moving Co.’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and the dancers are in the studio today, warming up with a company class. Sales are gangbusters (get your tickets now!). Sponsor Randal S. Poirier of Independence Financial Partners is underwriting one evening of the run, entertaining clients and friends with refreshments before the show at Rosecliff. Our annual Nutcracker matinee for Newport’s third graders has found generous support from David and Susan Odland. They have been devoted to bringing children to the show, every year buying tickets, being Nutcracker Angels and escorting excited young people to performances.
Other support forour work with Newport County’s students has come just today from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation in Washington, DC. A supporter of Open for Dancing ten years ago, the Foundation has renewed its interest in the Company with a $10,000 grant for general operating support of our education programs, including our Pell School ballet class, our creative movement programs in the schools, development of a new math-based curriculum and our Junior Company, which will be underway in January. Many thanks to all who value this important aspect of the Company’s work — one that is close to the heart of every dancer.
The Nuit Blanche returns, transporting you to the Cote d’Azur. Think ’30’s, think Riviera, think sleek cruise ships, think striped cabanas. Join us at the top of Newport, at Giovanni Feroce’s Wyndham on Beacon Hill Road. Performances by the Island Moving Co. dancers throughout the sweeping landscapes, surprises and delights (including Blackstone’s famous hors d’oeuvres), and Larry Brown’s Swinglane Orchestra in the lavishly decorated tent. Become a St. Tropez sponsor and enjoy a premiere table for ten by the dance floor. Get your friends together, meet for dinner before and meet us on Newport’s hilltop for a party like no other this summer. Purchase your tickets here.
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.