Choreographer Joe Celej Creates a New Work

Joe Celej 3New York’s Joe Celej was in the studio last week making a new work for the Great Friends Dance Festival.  He created the work for five of IMC’s dancers: Azamat, Lauren, Tara, Ian and Katie.  Joe brings a great energy to the work — we loved the piece he made for the Great Friends Dance Festival two summers ago and had to have him back. Looking forward to the premiere of “tonight we dream together” at the Great Friends in July!  Many thanks to our commissioner John Paul Primiano for making Joe’s visit possible.

Island Moving Co wins NEA support

The National Endowment for the Arts recently recognized our innovative Great Friends Touring Project with an ArtWorks grant.  The grant will help us bring more dance companies into the Project, which helps us tour to new cities in exchange for a summer residency at the Great Friends Dance Festival.  The first company we will host with the grant is Samruk, from the capital city of Kazakhstan.  Artistic Director Gulnara Adamova is working on their visas now and will join us in July for performances at the Meeting House and to create the new, joint piece with Samruk and IMC dancers which closes the Festival.  Other companies coming to the Festival include Ekklesia and Elm City Dance Collective from New Haven, CT; Joe Celej and Co from New York and iMEE.

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.

Paris Raffle Winner Announced!

At a crowded and fun celebration at Hope on Broadway, the winning ticket was chosen (with drumroll) for our annual raffle for a trip to Paris.  Casey Hansel, sister of one of our Junior Company dancers, won the trip and Dennis McCarthy took home second prize: tickets to our fabulous Nuit Blanche on July 10th. We raised almost $20,000 which is vital to our preparations for a busy spring schedule. Merci milles fois to all of our ticket sellers. You are the best!

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.

Mother Goose goes to Little Compton

Glen & Lauren LCC LuLoThe dancers visited the Little Compton Community Center Sunday, March 15th and presented Mother Goose in the Center’s lovely little second floor theatre.  About 60 audience members, ranging in age from -1 to +65 enjoyed tales of Bo Peep and the Woman from France.  At the end of the performance, Lisa Reimer’s Mother Goose invited all on stage for some group dance time. The performance was sponsored by our patron Randal Poirier, whose Independence Financial Partners is based just across the Common from the Center.BoPeep & sheep LCC LuLo

A Collection of Attitudes

One week to go for our Opening Weekend at Rosecliff.  Miki and the dancers comb through the details of Colin Connor’s “Everything is Closer Than It Appears” in preparation for our Saturday night rep show, A Collection of Attitudes.  Don’t miss it!  We’ve lowered ticket prices this year — all is revealed here.  And, for the young at heart, 3 performances of Mother Goose that weekend too!