Great Friends Dance Festival

GREAT FRIENDS DANCE FESTIVAL

JULY 19-23, 2017    ALL SHOWS: 7:30pm

Tonight’s Program – Saturday, July 22

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
People, Places, Things
Choreographer: Autumn Eckman
Composer: Travis McFarlane
Dancers: Elise Eslick, Fernando Rodriguez, Caitlin Sloan, José Soares, Meredith Green Soares

ISLAND MOVING CO.
The Limit of One
Choreography: Danielle Genest
Music: David Lang
Costumes: Eileen Stoops
Dancers: Lauren Difede (Solo), Vincent Brewer, Tara Gragg, Glen Lewis

Breathing Art Company
Don’t Worry Be Yourself
Choreography: Simona De Tullio
Music: Ivan Iusco-G.B. Pergolesi
Dancer: Eleonora Fae

Matthew Westerby Company
Insides Out (Excerpts)
Choreography: Matthew Westerby
Music: Bryan Senti
Costumes: Matthew Westerby
Dancers: Dylan Baker, Stacie Cannon, Nicole Kadar, Kristin Licata

~ 10 Minute Intermission ~

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Unbreakable Code
Choreographer: Karen Mareck Grundy
Music: Tool rearranged by Vitamin String Quartet
Costumes: Erin France
Dancers: Elise Eslick, Fernando Rodriguez, Caitlin Sloan, José Soares, Meredith Green Soares, Kay Whitney

ISLAND MOVING CO.
He Who Closed the Mouths of Lyins
Choreography: Glen Lewis
Music: Steve Reich, Clapping Music; Luciana Berro, Wasserklavier; Steve Reich, The Four Section: II. Percussion; A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears
Costumes: Lisa Reimer
Dancers: Brooke DiFrancesco, Shane Farrell, Katie Moorhead,
Christine Sandorfi
Daniel’s truth closed the mouths of the ferocious beasts and his accusers. Everyone will be judged but those who judge will be persecuted.

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
C’EST LA VIE (excerpts)
Choreography: Kevin Jenkins
Music: Various French Bistro
Costumes: S – Curve by Susan Roemer
Dancers: Trisha Carter, Stephan Fons, Chloe Freytag, Eduardo Pi Iglesias

Matthew Westerby Company
Duet X
Choreography: Matthew Westerby
Music: Bryan Senti
Costumes: Matthew Westerby
Dancers: Dylan Baker, Matthew Westerby

Island Moving Co. & Missouri Contemporary Ballet
LAYERED
Commissioned by Elizabeth Paszkiewicz
Choreography: Karen Mareck Grundy
Music: Molly Healey
Dancers: IMC: Azamat Asangul uulu, Vincent Brewer, Lauren Difede, Brooke DiFrancesco, Shane Farrell, Tara Gragg, Glen Lewis, Katie Moorhead, Christine Sandorfi, Alejandro Ulloa Zepeda MCB: Elise Eslick, Fernando Rodriguez, Caitlin Sloan, José Soares, Meredith Green Soares, Kay Whitney

Festival Line Up:

Sunday, July 23

Island Moving Company
Attila Joey Csiki
Breathing Art Company
Caitlin Trainor Dance
Kat Nasti Dance
Missouri Contemporary Ballet
The “BIG PIECE,” Layers, choreographed by Karen Mareck Grundy

Previous Performances:

Friday, July 21

ISLAND MOVING CO.
Side by Side
Choreography: Scott Putman
Music: Gay Guerrilla Part IV and V by Julius Eastman (arr by J. Clayton)
Dancers: Azamat Asangul uulu, Alejandro Ulloa Zepeda
Side By Side is part of The Listening Project, a choreographic challenge to create new works by engaging in dialogue with the dancers in order to create imagery based on the reflections evolving out of the dialogue and exchange with the dancers. This particular work looked at issues of culture, ethnicity and race and how our perceptions may be more inclusive by turning towards one another to cultivate equality.

Matthew Westerby Company
Duet X
Choreography: Matthew Westerby
Music: Bryan Senti
Costumes: Matthew Westerby
Dancers: Dylan Baker, Matthew Westerby

Trainor Dance
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Choreographer: Caitlin Trainor with Kaitlyn Gilliland
Music: Major Scurlock
Costumes: Christian Siriano
Dancers: Kaitlyn Gilliland, Caitlin Trainor

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
I’m Not Broken
Choreographer: Karen Mareck Grundy
Composers: Robert Cray, Nina Simone, Keb Mo, Tommy Castro
Costumes: Barbara Smith & Jeanne Schmitt
Dancers: Elise Eslick, Fernando Rodriguez, Caitlin Sloan, José Soares, Meredith Green Soares, Kay Whitney

~ 10 Minute Intermission ~

Caitlin Trainor Dance
right now right this second today
Choreographers: Kaitlyn Gilliland, Caitlin Trainor
Music: Excerpts from Serse by George Frideric Handel with text by Kaitlyn Gilliland and Caitlin Trainor
Costumes: David Quinn
Dancers: Kaitlyn Gilliland, Caitlin Trainor

Matthew Westerby Company
Insides Out (Excerpts)
Choreography: Matthew Westerby
Music: Bryan Senti
Costumes: Matthew Westerby
Dancers: Dylan Baker, Stacie Cannon, Nicole Kadar, Kristin Licata

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Embrace
Choreographer: Karen Mareck Grundy
Composer: Tom Andes
Dancers: Fernando Rodriguez, Kay Whitney

ISLAND MOVING CO.
Continua Metamorfosi (Excerpt)
Commissioned by Topsy Taylor
Choreography: Miki Ohlsen
Music: Fabrizio Paterlini, Max Richter
Costumes: Eileen Stoops
Dancers: Azamat Asangul uulu, Vincent Brewer, Lauren Difede, Brooke DiFrancesco, Shane Farrell, Tara Gragg, Glen Lewis, Katie Moorhead, Christine Sandorfi, Alejandro Ulloa Zepeda

Thursday, July 20

ISLAND MOVING CO.
La Tierra Giro
Commissioned by Joya Hoyt
Choreographer: Miki Ohlsen
Music: Kevin Keller
Costumes: Eileen Stoops
Dancers: Azamat Asangul uulu, Vincent Brewer, Lauren Difede, Brooke DiFrancesco, Shane Farrell, Tara Gragg, Glen Lewis, Katie Moorhead, Christine Sandorfi
 “The earth turned to move us closer, it spun on itself and within us, and finally joined us together in this dream…”   Eugenio Montejo

Atilla Joey Csiki
Affairs of the Heart
Choreography: Atilla Joey Csiki
Music:  Mahler Symphony No. 5.
Dancer: Katie Moorhead
“Affairs of the Heart” was originally staged for the Tokyo Ballet company in 2003.  Also performed for president Alvaro Arzu of Guatemala at the Presidents Palace, SUNY Purchase College and the Royal Danish Ballet.

Kat Nasti Dance
Good Girl
Choreography:  Kat Nasti
Music: When You’re Smiling, Louis Armstrong
Costumes: Kat Nasti
Dancers: Janelle Abbott Staley, Tara Lynch, Kat Nasti

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Om Shanti
Choreographer: Fernando Rodriguez
Composer: Janice Giteck
Costumes: Barbara Smith
Dancers: Elise Eslick, Fernando Rodriguez, Caitlin Sloan, José Soares, Meredith Green Soares, Kay Whitney

~ 10 Minute Intermission ~

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Unbreakable Code
Choreographer: Karen Mareck Grundy
Music: Tool rearranged by Vitamin String Quartet
Costumes: Erin France
Dancers: Elise Eslick, Fernando Rodriguez, Caitlin Sloan, José Soares, Meredith Green Soares, Kay Whitney

Breathing Art Company
William’s Women
Choreography: Simona De Tullio
Music: Ivan Iusco
Dancer: Eleonora Fae

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
C’EST LA VIE (excerpts)
Choreography: Kevin Jenkins
Music: Various French Bistro
Costumes: S – Curve by Susan Roemer
Dancers: Trisha Carter, Stephan Fons, Chloe Freytag, Eduardo Pi Iglesias

Kat Nasti Dance
Maman (Excerpt 1)
Choreography:  Kat Nasti
Music: Vladimir’s Blues and Organum, Max Richter;
and Mishima, Philip Glass performed by Massimo Mercelli
Costumes: Kat Nasti
Dancers: Janelle Abbott Staley, Tara Lynch, Kat Nasti

ISLAND MOVING CO.
He Who Closed the Mouths of Lyins
Choreography: Glen Lewis
Music: Steve Reich, Clapping Music; Luciana Berro, Wasserklavier; Steve Reich, The Four Section: II. Percussion; A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears
Costumes: Lisa Reimer
Dancers: Brooke DiFrancesco, Shane Farrell, Katie Moorhead, Christine Sandorfi
Daniel’s truth closed the mouths of the ferocious beasts and his accusers. Everyone will be judged but those who judge will be persecuted.

Wednesday, July 19:

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
People, Places, Things
Choreographer: Autumn Eckman
Composer: Travis McFarlane
Dancers: Elise Eslick, Fernando Rodriguez, Caitlin Sloan, José Soares, Meredith Green Soares

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
C’EST LA VIE (excerpts)
Choreography: Kevin Jenkins
Music: Various French Bistro
Costumes: S – Curve by Susan Roemer
Dancers: Trisha Carter, Stephan Fons, Chloe Freytag, Eduardo Pi Iglesias

ISLAND MOVING CO.
Side by Side
Choreography: Scott Putman
Music: Gay Guerrilla Part IV and V by Julius Eastman (arr by J. Clayton)
Dancers: Azamat Asangul uulu, Alejandro Ulloa Zepeda
Side By Side is part of The Listening Project, a choreographic challenge to create new works by engaging in dialogue with the dancers in order to create imagery based on the reflections evolving out of the dialogue and exchange with the dancers. This particular work looked at issues of culture, ethnicity and race and how our perceptions may be more inclusive by turning towards one another to cultivate equality.

Kat Nasti Dance
Maman (Excerpt 1)
Choreography:  Kat Nasti
Music: Vladimir’s Blues and Organum, Max Richter; and Mishima, Philip Glass performed by Massimo Mercelli
Costumes: Kat Nasti
Dancers: Janelle Abbott Staley, Tara Lynch, Kat Nasti

~ 10 Minute Intermission ~

STAYCEE PEARL dance project
African Lady/Freedom Day Excerpt
Choreography: Staycee R. Pearl
Sound Design: Herman Pearl and the Abbey: In The Red Project Band
Costumes: Tereneh Moseley and Atticus Adams
Dancers: Jessica Marino, LaTrea Rembert, Rayne Jones, Ronnell Kitt, Chandra Blount
ABBEY: In the Red is a live Jazz and dance filled performance inspired by the life and music of Jazz vocalist, composer, and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln. 

Missouri Contemporary Ballet
Embrace
Choreographer: Karen Mareck Grundy
Music: Tom Andes
Dancers: Fernando Rodriguez, Kay Whitney

ISLAND MOVING CO.
Continua Metamorfosi
Commissioned by Topsy Taylor
Choreography: Miki Ohlsen
Music: Fabrizio Paterlini, Max Richter
Costumes: Eileen Stoops
Dancers: Azamat Asangul uulu, Vincent Brewer, Lauren Difede, Brooke DiFrancesco, Shane Farrell, Tara Gragg, Glen Lewis, Katie Moorhead, Christine Sandorfi, Alejandro Ulloa Zepeda
Creative, emotional, transformative, human energy brings us together in the web of our interactions. It can also be explosive, pulling the known world apart to create new landscapes.

Island Moving Co.’s Great Friends Touring Project is designed to bring IMC to new audiences and to bring new audiences to dance. Each year, for the Party 2016 TPP webGreat Friends Dance Festival in July, we invite a residency company to Newport for two weeks of studio time and performance; in return for a reciprocal performance in their home venue. This year we traveled to Kansas City, MO to perform with Owen/Cox Dance Group.  We have traded residency for performances with Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, Pasadena Dance Theater, Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Houston Metropolitan Dance Co.  In 2015 we hosted Samruk, Kazakhstan’s contemporary ballet company, and traveled to Almaty in April 2016, where we were part of the celebration of 25 years of US/Kazakhstan relations.   In 2017, the Festival will again host our friends Missouri Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Karen Grundy. Other guests will include New York companies Matthew Westerby Company, Trainor Dance  and choreographer Attila Joey Csiki, Staycee Pearl dance project from Pittsburgh, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Boston’s Kat Nasti Dance and Breathing Art Company from Bari, Italy.  The Touring Project is meant to create new opportunities for touring by small and midsize companies; we have already seen the network grow and have performed in 9 new cities. We’re a pick for the summer from the Boston Globe!

Westerby etude square - TPP webThe Festival is held in the 1699 Great Friends Meeting House, converted into an intimate theatre space.  The Festival’s 5 shows feature mixed bills of IMC and guest artists. Dancers take class together; directors teach master classes; a commissioned choreographer creates a piece for all Festival dancers.  Each night, a Festival choreographer opens the program with an Etude, a work that has been created that day on dancers who elect to participate.  Besides the Etudes, at least a dozen new works have been created, as companies take advantage of the focused time together, away from the distractions of other jobs and obligations.  Audiences are invited to talk backs after each show, they post their impressions on our “Post-It Wall” in the lobby, they have opportunities to connect with the artists.  Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen invites diverse companies doing excellent work from around the country, using a network of “great friends” — previous residency partners, choreographers and presenters. Since 2010, we have presented 28 companies from New York, Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Missouri, Virginia and California.

imc great friendsThe Touring Project has generated capacity audiences and critical attention. Ballet Examiner said at our launch in NYC a group of motivated dancers, choreographers and arts administrators has the unique opportunity to expand their audiences and hone their creative abilities. This is an example to small dance companies all over the world. Working together will make dance stronger and more accessible.”  In 2016, NPR said, “Island Moving’s idea to trade locations with other companies is such a good thing. It allows a small but efficient troupe to not only travel the nation but brings dancers, choreographers and administrators together in what can sometimes be a kind of singular business.  And it means Island Moving will be, ahh, moving once again to other venues, new audiences.”  

The Touring Project also received the national imprimatur of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2015.

Tickets and Five Ticket FlexPasses are available here.

Great Friends 2017
Great Friends Meeting House
30 Marlborough Street, Newport, RI
Please use hashtag: GFDF17

Ballet des Ameriques at Great Friends Dance Festival 2016

Check out a Newport Daily News article about Jennifer Owen’s premiere of “Three Fables” here and view a performance from July 2016 by clicking here.

2017’s Programs

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Ekklesia 7-2015

Ekklesia Dance from New Haven 2015