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.

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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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IMC TO PERFORM TWO NEW SHOWS AT NEWPORT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN OCTOBER

Island Moving Company (IMC), Newport’s Contemporary Ballet announces performance dates for two new productions at the newly restored Newport Congregational Church. An evening repertory show titled “The Nature of Light” and children’s matinee shows of “Alice In Wonderland” will be performed between October 17 – 20.

The Nature of Light will feature new work by Island Moving Company’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen, and choreography by the iconic José Limon, Colin Connor and IMC’s Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest. The show’s title is inspired by the reflective light-play from the historic church venue’s notable La Farge stained glass windows. The entire show will be approximately 90 minutes in length and performed to live music by an ensemble of musicians from across Southern New England under the direction of Adrienne Taylor.

Performance dates for The Nature of Light are Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. The Thursday and Friday night shows will provide a cash bar and tickets range between $49 – $69. The Saturday show will include an open bar and catered intermission by Russell Morin Catering & Events. Tickets for Saturday range between $79 – $99.

The classic story of Alice In Wonderland will get a fresh Island Moving Company spin on Rhode Island Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director Nancy McAuliffe’s original version. With a classical music score by Dimitri Shastokovich and new, exciting choreography by Nancy McAuliffe, Miki Ohlsen and Danielle Genest, guests of all ages will follow the white rabbit as he takes Alice and the audience down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, where they will meet the Red Queen, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and all the magical residents of Wonderland.

Performance dates and times for Alice in Wonderland are October 17 &18 at 4:30pm, October 19 at 3:00pm and October 20 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm. The performances are intended for children 3 and up and run one hour with no intermission. All tickets are $30.

Thanks to generous support from The Bazarsky Family Foundation, IMC will provide free admission to select performances of Alice in Wonderland to groups of kids from Newport’s Pell Elementary School, The Boys and Girls Club of Newport, Boys Town, and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Sponsorships are available for both of both The Nature of Light and Alice In Wonderland, and commissions are welcome for The Nature of Light. Tickets to both shows can be purchased online at islandmovingco.org or over the phone at (401) 847-4470.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen for 36 years, Island Moving Company has produced and presented dances by a diverse group of choreographers, working with musicians, poets, and visual artists. IMC is known for its creative use of unusual venues, creating site specific work at Rosecliff Mansion, Belcourt Castle, the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, the Great Friends Meeting Hall, Fort Adams, and other notable sites across Newport County.


IMC presents Alice In Wonderland!

A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!

Follow the White Rabbit as he takes Alice and the audience down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, where the audience from ages 6 to 99 will meet the Red Queen, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and all the magical residents of Wonderland.

With a classical music score by Dimitri Shastokovich, libretto by Nancy McAuliffe, and new and exciting choreography by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, we look forward to unveiling this exciting new production at the newly restored Newport Congregational Church.

October 17 &18 at 4:30pm
October 19 at 3:00pm
October 20 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm

Newport Congregational Church
73 Pelham Street
Newport, RI 02840

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Newport Dance Festival Lineup Announced

Island Moving Company (IMC) welcomes five exceptional dance companies from around the globe in July

June 17, 2019 – NEWPORT, RI – Island Moving Company, Newport’s Contemporary Ballet will present its tenth annual summer dance festival July 14-21, 2019 on an outdoor stage on the gorgeous seaside lawn of St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport, RI. The Newport Dance Festival (formerly known as Great Friends Dance Festival) will feature a unique lineup of dances each evening drawing on the talent, artistry, and individual styles of the festival’s five visiting dance companies, accompanied by Newport’s own Island Moving Company (IMC).

Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are suggested to enjoy world class dance in a relaxed, community setting. Each performance will be preceded by live music and a 15-minute informational Q&A “Talk-Forward”, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Over the course of the eight-day Newport Dance Festival, visiting resident company Thomas/Ortiz Dance of New Canaan, Connecticut, will combine IMC and
Thomas/Ortiz Dance companies together to create a new work commissioned
for the festival, with choreography by its Artistic Director Ted Thomas. This
“Big Piece” will be presented to the public on Saturday, July 20 and
Sunday, July 21.

Other pieces presented by IMC at the festival will include works by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest, company dancer Glen Lewis and choreographers Rodney Rivera and Colin Connor.

Headlining the festival and performing each night with IMC is Thomas/Ortiz Dance from New Canaan, Connecticut. Ted Thomas and Frances Ortiz founded Thomas/Ortiz Dance in 2001, melding his urban athleticism with her Latin sensuality, and their combined choreographic and musical sensibilities. The company of twelve dancers from culturally diverse backgrounds performs a repertoire, which explores a
multitude of thought-provoking and socially-relevant themes.

Additional dance companies in the 2019 lineup include the Breathing Art Company of Bari, Italy. Directed by Simona De Tullio, the Breathing Art Company has presented
its work in Germany, Spain, Hungary, Albania, and Puerto Rico with a mission to
give young talent an opportunity to explore the art of dance. De Tullio has
directed the international San Nicola Dance Prize since 2010, and is influenced
in part by her work with American contemporary ballet legend Alonzo King.

Ballet Dallas, under the direction of Carter Alexander, will also be joining the mix. This Texas-based dance company seeks to collaborate with innovative choreographers to create new dance. Their mission is to use the language of ballet and contemporary dance and music to present ballet as a progressive and innovative art form.

Matthew Westerby  Company of New York, NY will contribute with their unique mission motivated to create projects that foster community, building works that are accessible to all as participants and audience. Westerby’s choreographic approach is inclusive yet challenging by nature, asking each performer for unique contributions to the
process, insuring the work has the imprint of each participant.

Trainor Dance, founded by Caitlin Trainor, will be adding to the festival with their robustly physical, interdisciplinary work. The company has a supple structure, with an ever-growing repertoire that canvasses concert dance, sight specific work, and audience interactive performances. Trainor’s choreography consistently maintains a commitment to highly musical, visually stimulating work with a social conscience.

Donna Salgado’s CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet of New York, NY will return this year with their classically-trained dancers with contemporary artistic voices. The company aims to create work that plays in the concert dance spectrum while celebrating a spirit of dance-making that is inspiring, collaborative, and progressive.

In addition to the professional companies, dancers attending IMC’s pre-professional summer intensive perform each night of the festival. The intensive is a two-week
program for young dancers. Some of the students were selected from auditions
during a competition in Italy.

IMC’s Newport Dance Festival will begin each show with an Etude, a short piece that is choreographed by one of the festival choreographers during the day and performed with a group of self-selected festival dancers that same night.

The Newport Dance Festival was founded in 2010 by IMC to showcase new work and
artists from around the country. The festival brings visiting dance companies
to Newport each summer in July, with an exchange performance by IMC with the
resident dance company the following spring.

NEWPORT DANCE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Doors open and live music
begins each night at 6:00pm.

Choreographer talk-forward
begins at 6:45pm.

Show begins at 7:00pm.

SUNDAY, JULY 14
(BANK NEWPORT NIGHT)
Caitlin Trainor Dance
Thomas/Ortiz Dance
Island Moving Company

MONDAY, JULY 15
Caitlin Trainor
Thomas/Ortiz
Island Moving Company

TUESDAY, JULY 16
CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet
Thomas/Ortiz Dance
Island Moving Company

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet
Thomas/Ortiz Dance
Island Moving Company

THURSDAY, JULY 18
Thomas/Ortiz Dance
Matthew Westerby Company
Island Moving Company

FRIDAY, JULY 19
Thomas/Ortiz Dance
Matthew Westerby Company
Breathing Art Company
Island Moving Company

SATURDAY, JULY 20
Ballet Dallas
CONTINUUM Contemporary Ballet
Thomas/Ortiz Dance
Matthew Westerby Company
Breathing Art Company
Island Moving Company

SUNDAY, JULY 21
Ballet Dallas
CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet
Thomas/Ortiz Dance
Island Moving Company

Tickets to performances are $30 with discounted ticket packages available online at islandmovingco.org, or over the phone at (401) 847-4470.

Nuit Blanche: Au Cinema – July 5, 2019

The annual Nuit Blanche summer gala for Island Moving Company will benefit the nonprofit organization’s professional dance company, pre-professional after-school dance training program, and in-school educational programs. Approximately 400 guests will enjoy this year’s “Nuit Blanche: Au Cinema” at Ronald Lee Fleming’s New York Times featured Bellevue House on July 5th.

Barbara Caldwell and Ellen Barnes are co-chairing the event to celebrate IMC’s 37th season under the direction of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen. IMC dancers will perform throughout the gardens along with other artists for the first 90 minutes. Guests will then enter the beautifully appointed tent, enjoy open bar, savories by Russell Morin Catering & Events and dance the night away to tunes by the Original Moonlighters.

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CONVERGENCE AT THE GAMM THEATRE

GAMM THEATRE TO HOST NEWPORT CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMPANY

(Newport, RI) –   Island Moving Company announces Convergence,  an evening of contemporary ballet featuring the restaging of Modern Dance legend Jose Limón’s 1958 masterpiece Mazurkas and the world premiere of commissioned works by Tina Kay Bohnstedt and Danielle Genest. Performances are scheduled for May 10 and 11 at 7:30pm at the newly renovated Gamm Theatre in Warwick, RI.  Curated by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, Convergence  is designed to showcase the company’s 12 nationally and internationally recruited dancers in an intimate 300 seat setting.

In a 2013 review describing Jose Limón’s Mazurkas, New York Times critic Gia Kourlas noted, “Its technical and unpretentious full-bodied movement is the draw.” Set to music by Chopin, Mazurkas was created to honor the spirit of the people of Poland after a visit the choreographer made to the country in 1957. The piece has been re-staged for local audiences by dance pioneer Sarah Stackhouse who came of age as a dancer in New York City during the 1960s. In 1958, she joined the José Limón Company, working also as Limón’s assistant at the Juilliard School. The choreographers and dancers with whom she worked and studied during this time include—in addition to Limón—Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, and the ballet great, Anthony Tudor. Limón’s Mazurkas is presented by IMC with support from the Kiven Family Foundation.

Convergence will include the premiere of guest choreographer Tina Kay Bohnstedt’s Voices Around the Table set to music by Rachmaninoff. Bohnstedt began her dance training at the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung Ballet Academy in Munich, Germany, and became a Principal Ballerina at the Bavarian State Ballet, Germany, and Diablo Ballet, California. Bohnstedt toured internationally to China, Italy, Korea, the Philippines, Poland, Belarus, Spain and Switzerland. She served as a Ballet Mistress with Houston Ballet, and currently trains aspiring dancers in Houston, TX.

The evening will also feature Evoked, a solo choreographed by IMC Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest and premiered by IMC dancer Rhea Keller. Previously, Genest’s choreography has been commissioned by New York Theatre Ballet, Tallahassee Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Island Moving Company, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Salve Regina University, and Texas A&M University. Keller’s dance credits include the Rochester City Ballet, Bellydance Evolution, Central Illinois Ballet.

Providence cellist Adrienne Taylor will perform live from the stage in accompaniment to Genest’s Night Vision, which was debuted at Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion in March 2019. In addition to IMC, Taylor’s collaborative credits include engagements with Kronos Quartet, the Sphinx Virtuosi and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. The evening’s live music is made possible with support from Dominique Alfandre & Thomas Palmer.

The program is completed with two additional pieces from the company’s repertory: La Tierra Giro commissioned by Joya Hoyt in 2015, and Kindred/two hearts 1952-1985 which debuted in 2018. Both are choreographed by IMC Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen.

Opportunities to underwrite the evening’s new works are available, and tickets are available at $49 or $69 online at www.IslandMovingCo.org or over the phone at (401)847-4470.

Performance Dates and Times

Friday May 10, 7:30pm

Saturday May 11, 7:30pm

REVIEW: A collection of styles in Island Moving Company’s ‘A Collection of Attitudes’

A collection of styles in Island Moving Company’s ‘A Collection of Attitudes’

Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, Rhode Island.
March 9, 2019.

When it comes to programming a multi-work dance performance, what does “diversity” mean? How might artistic directors create it — skillful selection of various contributing choreographers, multiple other collaborators, effective use of theme, et cetera? Whatever the cause or causes, Island Moving Company (IMC)’s 2019 season opener A Collection of Attitudes offered an assemblage of works with a compelling, pleasing stylistic variety. Dancers fully committed themselves to thoughtful choreograph work, which contributing elements (such as costumes, lighting, and music) helped further bring to life.

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Convergence at the Gamm Theatre – Tickets on sale now!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR IMC’s CONVERGENCE

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11

7:30pm each night

at The Gamm Theatre

Island Moving Company, Newport’s professional, contemporary ballet company, presents Convergence at the Gamm Theatre, a mixed repertory show featuring Jose Limon’s “Mazurkas” and a world premiere by choreographer Tina Bohnstedt, along with Miki Ohlsen’s 2018 breathtaking piece “Kindred: two hearts” and three other well known IMC favorites.