Great Friends Dance Festival

This year’s guest companies include Owen/Cox of Kansas City, our resident company, plus BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, Nomad Contemporary Tonight We Dream 7-2015 TPPBallet and Ballet des Ameriques from New
York, DSundanceX from Boston and part of the oath from Providence, RI.  Check out a Newport Daily News article about Jennifer Owen’s premiere of “Three Fables” here. Each night’s program below.

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES:

Saturday, July 23rd

Island Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance and part of the oath
Etude by Glen Lewis
IMC: Outside the Box, choreography by Miki Ohlsen; Queens are Made of Distance and Greasepaint, choreography by Shane Farrell;  See Here Speak!, choreography by Jerry Opdenaker; Time is the Fire, choreography by Danielle GenestbzdSwxyET4MTAuJ
Owen/Cox: Marizapolos, choreography by Jennifer Owen; La Locura, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Goldberg Variations, choreography by Jennifer Owen
part of the oath: I’ll Run, You Walk, choreography by Jennifer Archibald
Festival “Big Piece” choreographed by Jennifer Owen for IMC and Owen/Cox, commissioned by John Paul Primiano

Friday, July 22nd

Island Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance, Nomad Contemporary Ballet and part of the oath
Etude by Joanne Curry
IMC: Ruth…less, choreography by Miki Ohlsen; See Here Speak!, choreography by Jerry Opdenaker
Owen/Cox: Three Lullabies, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Memoire de la Rose, choreography by Jennifer Owen
Nomad Contemporary Ballet: Soul Sleep, choreography by Kristen McGrew; Insecta Brilliante, choreography by Adrienne Hurd
part of the oath: I’ll Run, You Walk, choreography by Jennifer Archibald
Premiere of the Festival “Big Piece” choreographed by Jennifer Owen for IMC and Owen/Cox, commissioned by John Paul Primiano

Thursday, July 21st
Island Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance, Nomad Contemporary Ballet and part of the oath
Etude by Demetrius McClendon
IMC: Queens are Made of Distance and Greasepaint, choreography by Shane Farrell; There’s a Party in My Mind, choreography by Miki Ohlsen; Accept the Unexpected, choreography by Mark Harootian
Owen/Cox: Soldier’s Tale pas de deux, choreography by Jennifer Owen; La Locura, choreography by Jennifer Owen
part of the oath: I’ll Run, You Walk, choreography by Jennifer Archibald
Nomad Contemporary Ballet: Soul Sleep, choreography by Kristen McGrew; Insecta Brilliante, choreography by Adrienne Hurd

Wednesday, July 20th

IslandiMee 1133 Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance, Trainor Dance and Nomad Contemporary Ballet
Etude by Katie Moorhead
IMC: Ruth…less, choreography by Miki Ohlsen; Time is the Fire, choreography by Danielle Genest; See Here Speak!, choreography by Jerry Opdenaker
Owen/Cox: Canned Heat, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Goldberg Variations, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Long Day/Good Night, choreography by Jennifer Owen
Nomad Contemporary BalletInsecta Brilliante, choreography by Adrienne Hurd

Tuesday, July 19th

Island Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance and part of the oath
Etude by Jennifer Owen
IMC:
Outside the Box, choreography by Miki Ohlsen; There’s a Party in My Mind, choreography by Miki Ohlsen; Accept the Unexpected, choreography by Mark Harootian
Owen/Cox:
Zuhälterballade, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Three Lullabies, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Marizapolos, choreography by Jennifer Owen; La Locura, choreography by Jennifer Owen
part of the oath: I’ll Run, You Walk, choreography by Jennifer Archibald

Sunday, July 17th

Island Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance
Etude by Shane Farrell
IMC: Outside the Box, choreography by Miki Ohlsen; Queens are Made of Distance and Greasepaint, choreography by Shane Farrell; See Here Speak!, choreography by Jerry Opdenaker; Ruth…less, choreography by Miki Ohlsen
Owen/Cox: The River is Wide, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Memoire de la Rose, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Canned Heat, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Marizapolos, choreography by Jennifer Owen

Ekklesia 7-2015

Saturday, July 16th
Island Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance, Ballet des Ameriques, BodyStories and DSundanceX
Etude by Teresa Fellion
IMC: Outside the Box, choreography by Miki Ohlsen; Time is the Fire, choreography by Danielle Genest; See Here Speak!, choreography by Jerry Opdenaker
Owen/Cox: Zuhälterballade, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Fuga Tanguera, choreography by Jennifer Owen
Ballet des Ameriques: Evocations, choreography by Carole Alexis; Legba, choreography by Carole Alexis; La Douceur de Carmen, choreography by Carole Alexis
BodyStories: Home, choreography by Teresa Fellion in collaboration with the dancers

Friday, July 15th
Etude by David Sun
Island Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance, Ballet des Ameriques, BodyStories, Trainor Dance and DSundanceX
IMC: Accept the Unexpected, choreography by Mark Harootian; There’s a Party in My Mind, choreography by Miki Ohlsen
Owen/Cox: The River is Wide, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Soldier’s Tale pas de deux, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Zuhälterballade, choreography by Jennifer Owen
Ballet des Ameriques: Evocations, choreography by Carole Alexis; Legba, choreography by Carole Alexis
BodyStories: Home, choreography by Teresa Fellion in collaboration with the dancers

Thursday, July 14
Island Moving Co. with Owen/Cox Dance, Ballet des Ameriques, BodyStories, Trainor Dance and DSundanceX
Etude by Carole Alexis
IMC: Queens are Made of Distance and Greasepaint, choreography by Shane Farrell; Time is the Fire, choreography by Danielle Genest
Owen/Cox: Canned Heat, choreography by Jennifer Owen; Fuga Tanguera, choreography by Jennifer Owen
Ballet des Ameriques: Evocations, choreography by Carole Alexis; La Douceur de Carmen, choreography by Carole Alexis
BodyStories: Home, choreography by Teresa Fellion in collaboration with the dancers

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 Great 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, for our first international exchange, we traveled to Kazakhstan to perform with Samruk Dance. We have traded residency for performances with Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre, Pasadena Dance Theater, Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Houston Metropolitan Dance Co.  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 5 new cities.  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 2016, the Festival will host Owen/Cox of Kansas City. Other guests include part of the oath, from Providence, Ballet des Ameriques, Caitlin Trainor, Nomad Contemporary Ballet and BodyStories from New York and David Sun’s DSunDanceX from Massachusettes.  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 9 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 21 companies from New York, Texas, 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.”  This year, 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. This summer’s Festival brings companies from Florida and New York. 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.

Great Friends 2016
Great Friends Meeting House
30 Marlborough Street, Newport, RI

Take a look at the 2014 resident company Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre and IMC performing Mark Harootian’s “big piece” for the 2014 festival, On Edge.

NEA-logo-smaller file