Reconnecting Through Performance
A recap of IMC’s return to summer & fall performances & Dance Informa magazine’s review of IMC’s abbreviated, innovative season.
When IMC began a phased return to work, the company create three “pods” of dancers and designed protocols for classes, rehearsals and performances that complied with RIDOH & CDC guidelines in order to keep dancers, staff and audiences safe.
The ensuing productions that were created for the summer and fall delighted audiences who gathered in physically distanced, outdoor settings, to enjoy the thrill of live performance after nearly a five month embargo. The productions demonstrated IMC’s resiliency and adaptability during the global pandemic and also served as an early model for reimagined cultural events outlined in Governor Raimondo’s “Take it Outside RI” program, which promotes physically distanced, outdoor events.
The initial foray back to live performance came in the form of IMC’s Where In Newport is IMC?, a series of micro pop-up performances performed outdoors in Newport’s beautiful public parks. The series included 10 Min. site-specific performances presented twice each Thursday in eight different Newport Parks. The series was co-presented in partnership with Discover Newport, whose Vice President of Marketing, Katherine Farrington remarked, “These performances provide residents and visitors a unique way to explore some of Newport’s wonderful public spaces, while experiencing Newport’s resident, professional Ballet Company as they create improvisational, whimsical works all from a safe distance in the great outdoors!”
IMC’s film Out of Ruin, was shot over the summer at locations across Newport, Jamestown, and Little Compton, and had its World Premiere in Newport in Early October.
A Marta Renzi film, conceived & choreographed by IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen & Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, Out of Ruin, captures much of Rhode Island’s natural beauty and historic landmarks in an original, captivating, and lush cinematic short, featuring the dancers of Island Moving Company.
Inspired by a poem by Patience Strong this latest work shares a visually rich and kinetic allegory of individual clans in isolation who journey to discover their paths to a place of unity.
The week following the film premiere, IMC presented its repertory production of eMERGE!, a breathtaking selection of new & restaged dances at Blithewold Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol.
Miki explains that “the works created for eMERGE! represented not only lush choreography and powerful, athletic dancing, but also compelling and evocative insights into our common human experience.”
Kathryn Boland of Dance Informa Magazine wrote “A special thing about live art is how it brings people together in space…. In dance, this creation of physical community meets its unique offering of movement’s ephemerality; in space…This dynamic was part of why Newport, RI based Island Moving Company (IMC)’s two fall season presentations felt so special, apart from the performances themselves beautifully created and performed…”