ON THE HORIZON: The Future Looks Bright!

Furthering Global Collaboration through a Major New Work

Island Moving Company has a history of creating responsive programing that brings people together. IMC seeks to connect community with new ways to experience human expressions and explore new ideas and viewpoints that help to connect audiences to each other, and also offer relevant insights to their lives and our collective humanity.

IMC is currently in conceptual development of an original, evening-length dance work—as part of a commemorative reflection that will honor and explore the forth-coming 20th anniversary of the 9/11event.  

If you are interested to learn more or become involved as a lead commissioner of the project, OR, if you might be interested to travel with the Company on this extraordinary please contact Executive Director Peter Bramante.

During the company’s last international tour to Italy in 2019, IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen explored the countryside in Matera, and came upon The La Palomba Sculpture Garden. This amazing open quarry is filled with massive sculptures created from the rubble of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, by sculptor, Antonio Paradiso. 

The sculptor’s vision of the work, the origins of the materials, and the quarry inspired Miki to make a new site specific work commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

Entitled, LA PALOMBA / ASCENDING, the intent of this work would not be to depict the event itself but to explore the shared experiences of the event on people across the globe. Exploring universal human experiences resulting from the 9/11 event through dance & music will illuminate themes of global concerns and consciousness that reverberated on that day and beyond.

With the support of Senator Whitehouse and Congressman Cicilline, IMC has been invited by the US Consulate, Naples to apply for funding through its annual program grant opportunity. The grant was submitted March 16, and if funded, will cover transportation, accommodations and residency expenses.

An initial team of IMC artists plan to arrive in Italy, 7th September 2021 with the additional artists arriving closer to September 13. Activities involving local school students and collaborative rehearsal between IMC & BAC dancers will be conducted during this period.

A “work-in-progress” version is currently planned to be previewed in Chiostro, Santa Chiara, as part of the residency, September 10, 11 & 12. The proposed public performance dates in Matera are September 16-20, 2021 and will be offered to residents and visitors for free. The work is envisioned to run without an intermission for 45-50 mins in length and can be repeated twice daily.

If you are interested to learn more or become involved as a lead commissioner of the project, OR, if you might be interested to travel with the Company on this extraordinary junket, please contact Executive Director Peter Bramante.

To see images from the La Palomba Sculpture Garden in Matera Italy, which is filled with massive sculptures created from the rubble of the 9/11 attack by sculptor, Antonio Paradiso, click HERE.