Newport’s contemporary ballet company moved up to DownCity with a first ever performance on the stage of the magnificent Vets Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Miki Ohlsen assembled a distinguished group of choreographers to create a diverse program showcasing the expressive physicality of the Island Moving Co. dancers. Each piece on the program was accompanied by live music, played onstage by RI musicians, assembled and rehearsed by Community MusicWorks musician Adrienne Taylor. Musicians included Tobias Andrews, Chase Spruill, Ethan Wood, Laura Gulley, Jane Murray, Hyunjung Choi and Joe Bentley.
The program featured, “Accept the Unexpected,” a world premiere by Providence’s Mark Harootian as well as Providence premieres of works by Miki Ohlsen, Bill Evans and Colin Connor (recently named Artistic Director of the Jose Limon Company in New York).