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!
Get your tickets, before it’s too late!
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.
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.
The dancers have arrived in New Smyrna Beach to perform with Surfscape Contemporary Dance on May 7, 8 & 9. First stop, the beach!
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.
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!