The 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.
Dress rehearsal at Rosecliff on Friday. We’re all sold out! See you at the Casino in May.
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!
California choreographer Colin Connor has been in the studio for these cold days, working on his new full company piece, Everything is Closer Than It Appears. The piece premieres at Rosecliff in A Collection of Attitudes, IMC’s season opener on March 7th. Join us for a beautiful evening of dance, drinks and friends; tickets here.
Poor Gwendolyn was a victim of the blizzard on WinterFest weekend. The Junior Company will present the ballet, with reading of David Ira Rottenberg’s charming story by Lisa Reimer, on Saturday, March 21st at 2 & 3pm. We will honor all tickets purchased for the original February 15th performance, as well as WinterFest bracelets, which fetch a $1 discount. Purchase tickets now and join us for a Graceful afternoon at the IMC studios!
Island Moving Co. dancers have been working with Pell School’s second and third graders this month. The third graders created dances around the themes of Perseverance, Compassion, Gratitude and Respect, while the second graders helped us pilot our new math-based curriculum. The second grade teachers are getting movement workshops too, and they have been great! With help from the Benefactors of the Arts Secret Garden Tour, the RI State Council on the Arts and the Frances R. Dewing Foundation.
Many many thanks to our wonderful donors who have helped us end 2014 on a high note. From the foundational support of our Partners for Dance, to our generous Board to the dozens of donors who send a gift year after year, Island Moving Co. is honored to thrive through the support of our community. See you all in our 33rd season! Happy New Year!
Island Moving Co dancers and members of the children’s cast traveled to Tiverton on Sunday, December 7th to perform a shortened version of the Nutcracker story for small people and their parents. The show began with some audience participation and then everyone settled in to hear IMC Chair John LaRocca read the story of the Nutcracker, with performance interspersed in the narrative. A capacity crowd turned out for this fourth mini at Sandywoods Farm, an artists community with a lovely performance hall that hosts all kinds of music and activity. Afterwards, the cast came out to greet the audience and take some photos.
Island Moving Co.’s lovely Sugarplum Fairy, Christine Sandorfi, is featured in the Newport Mercury, telling tales of her nine eventful years with the Company. Christine has been rehearsing the children’s cast for Nutcracker, honing her own performance as the Sugarplum Fairy, and working with Miki on our upcoming education programs in the schools, starting up in January. Read some of her stories about the challenges of dancing for a site specific contemporary ballet company here Christine interview 11-20-14
Rehearsals are underway for the children’s cast of Island Moving Co.’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff and the dancers are in the studio today, warming up with a company class. Sales are gangbusters (get your tickets now!). Sponsor Randal S. Poirier of Independence Financial Partners is underwriting one evening of the run, entertaining clients and friends with refreshments before the show at Rosecliff. Our annual Nutcracker matinee for Newport’s third graders has found generous support from David and Susan Odland. They have been devoted to bringing children to the show, every year buying tickets, being Nutcracker Angels and escorting excited young people to performances.
Other support forour work with Newport County’s students has come just today from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation in Washington, DC. A supporter of Open for Dancing ten years ago, the Foundation has renewed its interest in the Company with a $10,000 grant for general operating support of our education programs, including our Pell School ballet class, our creative movement programs in the schools, development of a new math-based curriculum and our Junior Company, which will be underway in January. Many thanks to all who value this important aspect of the Company’s work — one that is close to the heart of every dancer.