ON THE MOVE AGAIN THIS SUMMER!

Island Moving Company and The Newport Academy of Ballet begin a safe, gradual re-opening process, in accordance of the RI Department of Health & CDC guidelines. The company is recalling its dancers and artistic staff in July to begin a return to classes and rehearsals and to develop several original creative projects. The first public facing project premieres this Thursday, July 16th and is presented in partnership with Discover Newport.

Where in Newport is IMC? is a series of micro pop-up performances performed outdoors in some of Newport’s beautiful public parks.
Dates and locations include:

  • July 16- Battery Park, Washington St. – looking towards the bridge
  • July 23- Perrotti Park, America’s Cup Ave. – across from Panera
  • July 30- Touro Park, Bellevue Ave. – across from the Newport Art Museum
  • August 6- Kings Park, Wellington Ave. – close to Ida Lewis Yacht Club

All Performances run @ 10 mins and will be presented at two times: at 12:45 & 1:15 each Thursday.

Salsa & Salvation! is a new series FREE outdoor salsa dance classes offered through IMC’s Newport Academy of Ballet (NAB). IMC company member Jose Losada will lead physically distanced, Cuban Style Salsa Classes on Saturdays from 7-8:00pm starting Saturday, July 18 continuing on consecutive Saturdays through August 22 at 136 Broadway in Newport.  Salsa & Salvation! is made possible from gracious support from Dr. Nate Tilman of Newport Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, who are providing plenty of outdoor space in their parking lot for the class, and to Salvation Cafe who are partnering with IMC to promote the event and who will provide festive atmosphere and physically distanced tables for patrons to enjoy the class.

Newport Academy of Ballet is also offering a series of summer dance classes that may be enjoyed virtually through Zoom or through limited in-studio instruction, for both children and adults alike. For more information go to www.newportacademyofballet.com

IMC’s Climb the Walls & Dance! Series was launched in March and was created to give dance lovers a social, physical and intellectual outlet during quarantine. The program has evolved to offer a variety of supplemental programming, including: Free 30-minute online micro-classes, Great Dance in Great Places, IMC Inside the Work, and IMC’s Live Watch Parties.

One of the more exciting and innovative projects IMC is embarking on over the summer, is a collaboration around the making of a new dance film currently in development. Co-Choreographed by IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen and Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, the work, which is entitled eMERGE, will be danced by Island Moving Company Dancers and directed by renown film maker, Marta Renzi with cinematography by Jon Gourlay.

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A Statement from Island Moving Company

A Statement from Island Moving Company

Island Moving Company has a long history of enriching the cultural fabric of our community. In solidarity with #Black Lives Matter and in response to our nation in crisis, we wanted to re-affirm our foundational values and commitment to you and our community.

IMC is built on the belief that creativity is an interactive and collaborative process open to everyone, and is put in practice through inclusion and respect, discipline and emotional connection. It can produce great art, but more importantly, provides us all with a sense of connection and belonging. — AND that , as an art form and a life practice, dance is kinesthetic – it deeply engages the heart, mind and soul of individuals and bridges divides among us.

The Staff & Board of IMC are committed to upholding the principles and values that underpin our educational and performance programs — now more than ever – and pledge to continue to provide everyone in our community with on-going access, dignity and respect. We commit to preserving the well-being and safety of all our dancers, staff, students, patrons, and followers, and to raise up the sanctity of our classes, rehearsals and performances as a place to experience the joy, harmony, mindfulness and state of peace that dance provides, for our youngest students, and the most vulnerable among us.

IMC will continue to put our values into action to help create a community that feels more alive, fulfilled, and connected to the arts and to each other.  It is our way forward.

“I had no idea that history was being made.  I was just tired of giving up.”

—Rosa Parks

 

 

 

 

Newport Academy of Ballet offering Virtual Adult Dance Classes!

Come dance with us in the comfort of your own home! Virtual classes allow you to meet new friends, try something different, and exercise!

No experience needed!

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  • Adult Hip Hop                    Tues 6:30-7:30 pm

  • Adult Beginner Ballet      Wed 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Adult Beginner Tap          Thurs 6:45-7:45 pm

  • Adult Beginner Salsa       Sat 7:00-8:00 pm

 

$10/class or 10 class card for $ 90

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Exploring New Ways of Coming Together!

Bringing people together for a shared experience is core to our work, and the healing and transformative power of a great live dance and world-class dance education experiences are why we — & you — love what we do.

Island Moving Company’s (IMC) mission is to build the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community through dance creation, performance and education.

 

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Travel Raffle!

Travel Raffle

First prize wins a vacation package for two valued at $3000.

Your choice of destinations: domestic or Europe.

Includes airfare and accommodations for two for five nights.

Second prize wins two tickets to IMC’s Nuit Blanche Gala on Friday, July 10 valued at $500

Climb the Walls and Dance with IMC + NAB!

Learn a few new moves while you’re physically distancing!

To break out of your isolation blues, Island Moving Company and the Newport Academy of Ballet are offering a valuable thread of continuity and social connection with our new Climb the Walls series. These FREE, 30-minute micro-classes are a great way to engage with new and wonderful things to watch and do!

Climb the Walls provides both live-streamed and recorded content available through IMC’s website and social media platforms, as well as through our community partner What’s Up NEWP that you can do at home.

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NEWPORT’S RESIDENT CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMPANY ANNOUNCES 38TH SEASON OPENING PERFORMANCE SERIES AT ROSECLIFF IN MARCH

Island Moving Company, (IMC) Newport’s classically trained, uniquely accessible, contemporary ballet company, announces performance dates for both its Family and Repertory Series productions at Rosecliff March 5th–8th. IMC’s repertory show entitled Unequivocal Voices presents two world premiere works, choreographed by Island Moving Company’s Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest and visiting Guest Artist Shane Farrell. Performances run Thursday, March 5, Friday, March 6 and Saturday March 7 at 7:00pm in the grand ballroom at Rosecliff. The inaugural performance of IMC’s new Family Series presents Mother Goose at Rosecliff, in matinee showings March 6, 7, & 8. The show is appropriate for audiences aged 3 to 103! The classic nursery rhymes recounted by Mother Goose are imaginatively recreated through a multi-media dance performance developed & choreographed by IMC’s Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen with additional choreography from production collaborators Meredith Baer, Shane Farrell, Glen Lewis and Christine Sandorfi. Click here to read more

Photos by Bill Peresta

PETER BRAMANTE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ISLAND MOVING COMPANY NAMES PETER BRAMANTE AS THEIR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NEWPORT, R.I. (January 2, 2020) — After a nationwide search, Island Moving Company (IMC) has named Peter Nicholas Bramante their new executive director. Bramante represents IMC’s third executive director and will begin his new role on January 2, 2020. Bramante brings strong leadership skills and over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit cultural sector as an executive, manager, artist and educator. Bramante’s movement work for Rhode Island theatre includes productions at Trinity Rep, The Providence Performing Arts Center, and Perishable Theatre.

Bramante previously served as Managing Director for FirstWorks. His duties included strategy, program/operations, marketing and institutional advancement. In 2010, he developed FirstWorks arts-learning program-initially serving 500 students. By 2016 the initiative benefitted over 4,500 students. Bramante produced FirstWorks participation in PVD Fest, co-wrote and implemented a Dance USA- for Engaging Dance Audiences grant and helped raise $375,000 annually. Bramante also served as a liaison to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office and Providence’s Department of Art, Culture & Tourism on its signature PVD Fest.

Martha Parker, IMC’s Chair of the Board of Directors says, “The Board of Directors is excited to have Peter Bramante join Island Moving Company as the new Executive Director. He will bring his first-hand experience and knowledge of dance and the Rhode Island non-profit community to our organization. Peter and Miki Ohlsen, our Artistic Director, make a dynamic team; they complement each other in so many ways.”

“This is an exciting time to be joining the leadership team at IMC, Bramante says. I’ve known and admired Miki Ohlsen’s work for many years-and have watched the artistic quality of the company ascend to world-class standards. IMC has evolved into a vital economic and cultural asset to Newport and Rhode Island. I am proud to have been selected to help steward the organization into its fourth decade and beyond.”

IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen says, “I am so excited to be working with Peter as we co-lead IMC into its fourth decade. Peter has been a leader in the arts community in Rhode Island and further afield for many years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the dance world and has great experience in leading not for profit organizations into the future. I have no doubt he will be successful with IMC. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us.”

Bramante grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He lived in Providence for 24 years and now resides in Tiverton, R.I with his husband. He earned a B.A. in Arts Management and Dance at Roger Williams University. He also earned an MFA in Dance Science and Performance Studies at Connecticut College while enrolled through a full fellowship. An advocate for experiential, arts-based learning, Bramante has held adjunct and associate professorships at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College and Connecticut College.

From 1984 to 2000, Bramante was a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre. He created over 25 choreographic works and directed all company productions and educational programs. During his time at Groundwerx, he was recipient of four choreographic fellowship awards from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a fellowship from the American Dance Festival. His choreographic work and commissions were presented at numerous universities, theatres and festivals across the country, including Gowanus Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, New York, Juneau Dance Unlimited, Juneau, Alaska and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Bramante provided leadership for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Arts & Business Council (A&BC/RI) by serving as Executive Director from 2000-2010. During his tenure, A&BC/RI expanded local programs and services, created innovative audience development tools and broadened the scope of nationally funded resources aimed at building capacity of R.I.’s cultural institutions. Bramante co-developed and implemented the State’s first centralized, marketing & box office service–ArtTixri.com in 2002–that served over 50 arts and cultural organizations.

In 2010, Bramante oversaw an upgrade to a new generation of the ArtTix platform that allowed for the creation of a centralized, community event calendar consortium comprised of the State Tourism, State Arts Council, Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism and Downtown Improvement District presently known today as ArtsNowRI.com.

CONTACT:

Charles Kehres, Company Manager

401-847-4470

charles@islandmovingco.org

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Happy Holidays from IMC!

Happy Holidays from IMC to you!

As we approach the coming holidays, we can’t help but to reflect on what a spectacular year Island Moving Company has had. 2019 provided strong and moving performances at some of the most unique venues in Rhode Island and across the world. And YOU, our closest and dearest supporters, were present and supportive for most all of our achievements.

We wanted to thank you for your continued support, and to share some of our outstanding achievements with you. Thanks to you, we…

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