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COVID19 Protocols Fall 2021

Nine Rhode Island Performance Venues and Organizations

to require Audience Vaccinations and Masks:

New COVID-19 protocols in effect until further notice

Island Moving Company and eight other Rhode Island performance venues and organizations have formed a partnership to provide for the safety of their audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers, based on current scientific evidence and best practices around the country.

Organizations included in this effort include:

Festival Ballet Providence, Gamm Theatre, Island Moving Company, Providence Performing Arts Center, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, Trinity Repertory Company, United Theatre, Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, and Wilbury Theatre Group.

Effective immediately and until further notice: All patrons attending in-person, indoor events must either show proof of full vaccination against COVID19 (at least 14 days have passed since the final dose), or proof of a negative COVID19 PCR test taken in the prior 72 hours, or proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken in the prior six hours.

All patrons regardless of vaccination status must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue (unless actively eating or drinking). Please visit the websites of the individual venues for any additional restrictions or details, particularly for children not yet eligible for vaccination. Details may be revisited or revised based on CDC guidance and the evolving circumstances of the pandemic.

While great strides have been made in vaccination rates, the recent rise is cases caused by the Delta variant inspired arts, cultural, and entertainment leaders to take these steps.

Further information regarding individual productions will be available on the Island Moving Company box office as plans for IMC’s 40th Anniversary Season are released in the coming weeks.

Gala brings renewed support to IMC’s Fund Our Future

Thank you to all who joined and supported IMC at the Old Colony House for IMC’s annual gala!

IMC would like to thank our guests, volunteers, and sponsors for joining us and supporting IMC at its annual gala. Special thanks to the Newport Historical Society for providing IMC with an alternate venue for the evening at the Old Colony House. Despite the stormy weather and change of venue, people arrived in the best finest summer attire to celebrate dance and the arts in Newport County. Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails and The Original Moonlighters helped create a light and fun atmosphere despite the heavy rain that passed through the area during the evening. See below for images and more fun.

Dominique Alfandre & Randal Poirier (Photo: Lauren Healey)

Thank you Randal and his Doing Well by Doing Good Charitable Foundation for $10,000 of support to IMC!

“As a long-term supporter of the organization and an avid fan of their inspiring sight specific contemporary ballet which Island Moving Company’s talented dancers have brought to our Newport community over the last 39 years, I feel very fortunate that my foundation is able to support the organization’s long-term mission with the upcoming construction of its soon to be performing arts home here in the City by the Sea. The goal of this gift is to help the company continue to build and enhance the community’s access to world class dance, while also simultaneously benefiting the future economic development of the community.”

-Randal Poirier, ChFC

Virginia Gambale & Tamara Farrick (Photo: Lauren Healey)

Mary Van Pelt, Allison Parsley, & Julianna Parsley (Photo: Lauren Healey)

Peter Cataldo, Terri Lynn Pantini, & Chuck Kiven (Photo: Lauren Healey)

Alan Sexton, Philip Tickner, Susan Little, Bill Harsch, & Tina Harsch (Photo: Lauren Healey)

Martha Parker, Brett McKenzie, & Kayleigh Melroy (Photo: Lauren Healey)

Julianna Parsley, Guy Van Pelt, & Allison Parsley (Photo: Lauren Healey)

Sydney Hitchell, Athena Flournoy, Emily Baker, & Ane Arrieta (Photo: Lauren Healey)

Thomas Palmer & Katie Moorhead (Photo: Kim Fuller)

Kate & Frank Spinella (Photo: Lauren Healey)

(Photo: Kim Fuller)

NDF Returns to its Roots


Artists from across the country join with Island Moving Company  

at Great Friends Meeting House for Annual Summer Festival 

(Newport, RI) – Island Moving Company (IMC), Newport’s resident contemporary ballet company, announced its exciting performance line up for the 2021 Newport Dance Festival, July 20th – 25th on an outdoor stage at the Great Friend Meeting House, 21 Farewell St. Newport. 

Tickets start at just $35. The complete festival schedule and tickets are available now at 

Each year, IMC’s Newport Dance Festival (NDF) brings a compliment of the dance world’s finest makers, educators, and performers to Newport for a two-week residency that culminates in six unique evenings of leading edge, dance performances for the community to enjoy. 

“The Newport Dance Festival (NDF) is an opportunity for local residents and visitors to experience some of the finest dance around the globe—right here in Newport–on a stunning outdoor stage” said Miki Ohlsen, IMC’s Artistic Director. She added “bringing dance out of doors to a prominent location—and creating an engaging and relaxed atmosphere for audiences to experience world-class dance is a hallmark of IMC’s commitment to our community.” 

The resident dance company selected for this year’s NDF is San Diego CA. based MALASHOCK DANCE. Malashock Dance is an active contributor to the vibrancy of San Diego’s cultural life and, like IMC, provides professional dance performances, training, and educational outreach for thousands of individuals in its home community each year. The company was founded by John Malashock in 1988, after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York, where he performed worldwide; and appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus. 

Maloshock will be in residence in Newport for IMC’s summer dance intensive, starting July 11th – 25th, and along with IMC, will present work on each of the six unique evenings of festival performances. Other featured dance companies and choreographers include, Boston Dance Theatre, Medford MA; East Coast Contemporary Ballet, Norwalk, CT; Khambatta Dance, Seattle WA; Revolve Dance, Providence, RI; and Thomas/Ortiz Dance, New Canaan, CT. 

“NDF provides an unconventional experience for audiences to experience live, professional dance outdoors, said Peter Bramante, IMC’s Executive Director. Bramante continued; “we encourage audiences to bring their friends and families—to enjoy a picnic on the lawn — all while seeing world-class dance-it’s a fantastic Newport summer experience!” 

A multi-show Flex Pass offers significant savings for dance lovers who won’t want to miss a step!  

The 2021 NDF performance schedule: 

Tuesday, July 20:  

  • Opening Artist Talk: Dance & Film 
  • Island Moving Company 
  • Malashock Dance, San Diego, CA

Wednesday, July 21:  

  • Island Moving Company 
  • East Coast Contemporary Ballet, Norwalk, CT
  • Khambatta Dance, Seattle, WA
  • Malashock Dance, San Diego, CA
  • Etudes from summer intensive students 

    Thursday, July 22:  

    • Island Moving Company 
    • East Coast Contemporary Ballet, Norwalk, CT 
    • Khambatta Dance, Seattle, WA
    • Thomas/Ortiz Dance, New Canaan, CT
    • Etudes from summer intensive students 

    Friday, July 23:  

    • Island Moving Company 
    • Malashock Dance, San Diego, CA
    • Revolve Dance, Providence, RI
    • Thomas/Ortiz Dance, New Canaan, CT
    • Etudes from summer intensive students 

      Saturday, July 24:  

      • Island Moving Company 
      • Boston Dance Theatre, Medford, MA
      • Malashock Dance, San Diego, CA
      • Etudes from summer intensive students 

        Sunday, July 25:  

        • Island Moving Company 
        • Malashock Dance, San Diego, CA
        • Etudes from summer intensive students 
        • Concluding Works form summer intensive students