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Open for Dancing Coming Up Soon!

Island Moving Company’s most joyous festival is coming up September20-24.  Come explore the possibility of participating in the creation and performance of a unique site specific work with a renowned choreographer and collaborating artist.  We’ll be lifting a glass and answering questions at Salvation Cafe on Wednesday, September 6th starting at 5pm.  Open for Dancing offers classes, opportunities to interact with the artists, exciting evening events and of course the thrill of being part of a company of dancers creating new work in iconic Newport landscapes.  Check out the details here.  Performances on September 23 and 24 are all free.  Join us for a fun-filled festival!

Great Etudes at the Great Friends Dance Festival

A sold out run of the Great Friends Dance Festival opened each night with an Etude, created that day by one of the visiting choreographers or dancers at the Festival.  Dancers sign up to participate and the work is created in just two hours during the day and performed at the show that night.  The Etudes, an idea brought to us by John-Mark Owen in 2012, have become one of the signature elements of this community of dancers and an audience favorite.  Etudes this year were created by Simona De Tullio of Breathing Art Company (Bari, Italy), Caitlin Trainor (NY), Kat Nasti (Boston) and Fernando Rodriguez of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet.  Saturday’s performance began with a work in progress showing of a new dance by IMC dancer Tara Gragg.  Pictured is Kat Nasti’s “Party Pooper,” a fun addition to the canon.

Musicians, actors join Island Moving Company for art-filled Nuit Blanche

Choreographers Danielle Genest, Shane Farrell, Christine Sandorfi and Miki Ohlsen have been creating dances for the lovely and unique features of Ron Fleming’s Bellevue House garden, in preparation for Friday’s Nuit Blanche.  The dancers will be joined in the garden by musician Michael Walsh, the Seaside Shakespeare Company and singers Thomas and Joseph Burdick.  Patrons will seek out performances at a koi pond, on a loggia, near a classical teahouse and on the branches of a majestic beech tree during the first half of the evening.  Doug Woolverton and the Groove Merchants will take over in the tent for dancing till midnight.  Tickets are still available here.

Nuit Blanche Bal de Danse just weeks away!

Island Moving Company’s unique summer gala, the Nuit Blanche, highlights the most important thing of all — dancing!  The Nuit Blanche: Bal de Danse will include performances by the Island Moving Company dancers as well as guest artists among the follies, pools and new features of Ronald Lee Fleming’s famous Bellevue House gardens.  Sketch artist Nicole Crugnale, musician Michael Walsh and actors from the Seaside Shakespeare troupe will alternate performances by the dancers throughout the first hour of the gala.  Doug Woolverton and his Groove Merchants will entice patrons into the tent for a short auction by Liz and Emlen Drayton and more dancing on Newport’s largest dance floor till midnight.  Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and full bar with beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co, wine from Bellevue Wine and Liquors and Fit Vine, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, through the evening.  Tickets start at $200 and are available here.

IMC Education Programs Honored by Newport Public Education Foundation

Island Moving Company will receive Newport Public Education Foundation’s highest honor, the Noreen Stonor Drexel Partner in Education at the NPEF’s annual event on June 2nd. The award recognizes “the significant contributions the Island Moving Company has made to the students of the Newport Public Schools.”

It was especially touching to find out that we were nominated by our stalwart partner in bringing kids to dance and dance to kids, Mark McKenna, and by our student Malak who began with us at the Pell School, came to our Pell School Class at the studio and now is studying seriously at NAB, dancing on pointe and studying in our summer intensives.

Join us at the celebration!  Tickets, which support the Public Education Foundation’s work, are available here.

 

 

Fund for Young Dancers Studio Sleepover

An intrepid trio of moms hosted a sleepover at the Island Moving Company’s studios, presiding over a group of excited young dancers ranging in age from 8 to 16.  Miki Ohlsen led a spirited round of beachball volleyball in the large studio and there was a showing of last year’s Nutcracker on the big screen.  IMC dancers Katie and Glen led classes to start off the evening on a dancerly note.  Mary Van Pelt and Pamela Younes spearheaded the event to benefit the Fund for Young Dancers, for which it raised over $1400.  Kelley Cord joined the festivities for the entire night and Karen Cadwalader, whose pictures are below, was declared an honorary participant.

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Invited to perform at Green Street Studios

Memoria 0767As part of Green Street Studios’ first ever ballet showcase, the Cambridge, MA presenter has invited Island Moving Company to perform there April 21 at 8pm, April 22 at 8pm and April 23 at 6pm.  The Company will be in good company, performing Rodney Rivera’s new “Memoria Y Vidria” on a program shared with Kevin Jenkins, David Sun, Tai Jimenez, Tony Williams and Boston Ballet II.  The Showcase is part of a new venture by Green Street, which aims to introduce existing audiences to new and exciting dance forms, share and engage audiences with a variety of artists, and open doors to new patrons and new forms by facilitating a dialogue between performers and audiences.  A special ticket offer is available at the Green Street Box Office, which can be found at this address.  We’ll hope you’ll join us on this exciting adventure in dance.

 

Opening Weekend at Rosecliff offers “a wonderful celebration”

Psalms - 3-2017 TPP webThe Company’s recent Opening Weekend at Rosecliff received a glowing review today, posted on the dancer website Dance Informa.  Opening Weekend included sold out performances of Mother Goose and two evening shows featuring new works by Rodney Rivera, Danielle Genest and Miki Ohlsen.  We were thrilled to have all of the choreographers on the program attend the performances.  Audiences were thrilled to be able to meet and talk with Bill Evans, Rodney Rivera, Danielle Genest and Mark Harootian.  Miki Ohlsen restaged the moving “Psalms,” choreographed in 1983 by the late Michael Thomas, who was a founding member of IMC.  Read Kathryn Boland’s review here.  Excerpts from Rodney’s beautiful “Memoria Y Vidrio”  will be performed on the Casino Theatre stage at our show there on May 13th.

 

Wheaton College performance Saturday, February 25

Our residency at Wheaton College culminates this weekend with a performance in the College’s beautiful Weber Theatre on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm.  The show includes Miki’s joyful “There’s a Party in My Mind,” a new solo by Danielle Genest and Miki’s restaging of Michael Thomas’ moving “Psalms,” created in the first years of the Company.  The residency began last fall with Shane Farrell creating a work for the Wheaton College Dance Company and has continued with master classes taught by IMC dancers this week.  Tickets to the show are free, but must be reserved by calling 508-286-3575 or by email at boxoffice@wheatoncollege.edu.