Our Open for Dancing Interlude was a great success this past weekend. Big crowds both at Pell School and down on Bowen’s Wharf for two very different dances. Christine Sandorfi made a joyful dance with 4th and 5th graders for the splendid new playground at Pell. With three performances, we had nearly 1000 in attendance. At Queen Anne Square, Portsmouth Abbey students and community members joined the dancers to move to the music of the church carillon and down across America’s Cup to Bowen’s Wharf. Hundreds of people showed up on a beautiful day to see the dancing, created by Miki. Many thanks to Leslie Reed, Susan and David Odland and Bowen’s Wharf for making the Interlude happen.
The dancers will be performing during the traditional Open for Dancing weekend with a warm-up for the upcoming 2016 Open for Dancing season. Miki Ohlsen is creating a piece that will move through Queen Anne Square, accompanied by the Trinity Church carillon and then into the hubbub of Bowen’s Wharf, with local musicians providing music for vignette performances in diverse locations on the water there. The piece will also include students from Portsmouth Abbey School and members of the community. Participation is still open — please call if you can join us in the performance. Rehearsals are Thursday and Friday afternoon; the performances are 3pm and 4:30pm on Saturday, September 26th. Sponsored by Bowen’s Wharf.
IMC dancer Christine Sandorfi will make a site specific dance for the fabulous playground at the new Pell School, working with sixteen 4th and 5th graders. They’ll perform for the school at 1:30 and 2pm and for the public at 5pm on Friday, September 25th. The dance is made possible by David and Leslie Reed. All free! See you out and about at Open for Dancing.
The Island Moving Co. dancers were joined by the Newport Strings Project in a performance at Holly Bannister’s house, Seaweed. The performance was the highlight of an event introducing people to the Opera House campaign and the exciting artistry that will be on the program at the theatre when it opens.
For the past 2 days, Island Moving Co. dancers and Directors have been rehearsing in Southampton to celebrate the town’s 375th Anniversary. The performance, based on IMC’s Open for Dancing model, will premier outside and travel through the center of Southampton, incorporating stories from the town’s rich history. IMC has invited Southampton community members to get involved — they will have the opportunity to rehearse with IMC dancers and experience site-specific work. The 2 performances will take place Saturday, August 1 at 3pm and 5pm, starting at Agawam Park in Southampton.
The Island Moving Co. has learned that it will be receiving a grant of $17,250 for general operating support under the RI State Council on the Arts “Investments in Arts & Culture” grant category. This marks the 29th year of support for the Company from the agency. The independent panel “found the artistic merit…very impressive. The work is high quality and has great integrity.” IMC and its dancers thank the people of the state of RI for their enthusiastic support.
Our residency company, Samruk, from Kazakhstan, will be working at the studio and at the Meeting House, even though they are not permitted to perform in public while they are here. We are opening some of their rehearsals to you so that you can see this energetic and talented company at work. Gulnara Adamova is working with IMC dancers as well, so come on down and sit in on some of the creative process.
Saturday, July 18 at the studio, 3 Charles Street, Newport
Tuesday, July 21 at the studio
Tuesday, July 21 at the Meeting House, 30 Marlborough Street, Newport
Wednesday, July 22 at the Meeting House
It’s opening night of the sixth Great Friends Dance Festival and we’re thrilled to bring you old friends and new. Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet has come in from Connecticut. We’ve seen the dress rehearsal and know you will be excited to get to know them. Our friends iMEE bring two new pieces by the talented Andrea Dawn Shelley and we’re premiering a new work by Joe Celej, who comes in this weekend to perform. Get your tickets now; we have great prices on a flex-pass; bring your friends or use the pass to come back multiple nights!
IMC Nuit Blanche sneak peek
Just a little sneak peek of what’s to come during IMC’s fabulous gala at the highest point in Newport, RI. Join us for the 2015 Nuit Blanche: Cote d’Azur!
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We had a blast with Ben Jacobsen, drone photographer, at Wyndham this week. Ben created a video montage of the stunning landscape and the beautiful dancers to help promote our Nuit Blanche: Cote d’Azur on July 10th. See it here. Tickets are still available, but we do expect to sell out for this one-of-a-kind Newport event. IMC’s Nuit Blanche shows off our creative collaborations, our unique site specific dance and the incredible landscapes in our City by the Sea. Get your tickets here!
New 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.