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Broadway Continues to Evolve

Broadway Continues to Evolve

An 8,610-square-foot, two-story performance center and ballet school will be built for Island Moving Company, along with four single-family homes, on the site of the former Triplett School at 435 Broadway. Approval for demolition of the current structure was finally granted by the Newport Zoning Board of Review after the original petition was passed unanimously by the City Council, the Planning Board and others, in 2018. The project is expected to be completed in 2023. “I think Upper Broadway is going to be the new cool place to be,” said Zoning Board chair Bart Grimes.

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IMC Summer Season



(Newport, RI) – Island Moving Company (IMC), Newport’s classically trained contemporary ballet company, announces a return to live summer events and productions. Tickets for IMC’s  annual summer Gala and Newport Dance Festival are now on sale at 

The company will begin its summer performances with a tour to the Seattle International Dance Festival, (SIDF)-June 16-19. SIDF is a 17-day celebration of contemporary dance with indoor and outdoor events, presenting local, national, and international artists. It was founded by Cyrus Khambatta, of Khambatta Dance. In July, Khambatta Dance will travel to Newport to share its work with local audiences as part of IMC’s Newport Dance Festival (NDF). This tour is part of IMC’s Great Friends Touring Project, an artists’ exchange developed by IMC in 2015 as a platform for mid-size dance companies to expand touring opportunities and gain greater national attention and audiences. 

The 2021 Newport Dance Festival- July 20-25th on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell Street, Newport.  

Each year, NDF includes a two-week residency for a visiting company, international guest artists, and additional visiting artists/companies will present work across six consecutive days of performances, featuring different programs each evening on the festival’s outdoor performance stage. The 2021 resident artist/company is San Diego Based Malaschock Dance. Artists and dance companies on NDF stage this year include Seattle Based Khambatta Dance; Boston Dance Theatre, Medford, MA.; East Coast Contemporary Ballet, Norwalk, CT.; Thomas/Ortiz Dance, New Canaan, CT.; and Revolve Dance, Providence, RI. 

Gate opens at 6:30 and performances start at 7:00pm. Tickets start at $35, and a multi-ticket Flex Pass offers great value for patrons interested in attending multiple shows. Tickets and info at

IMC’s annual Summer Gala Notte Bianca 2021 celebrates IMC’s importance as a key cultural attraction and asset for the City of Newport – and serves as the organizations largest fundraising event. Event Co-Chairs Barbara Caldwell and Kathy Kiven, along with IMC staff, have re-envisioned this year’s event, as an exquisite evening of culinary temptations, lively libations, and delightful garden performances, that showcase IMC’s creativity.  The evening includes original site-specific works created for the gardens at Jonna Chewning’s Sheep Shed Estate performed by the dancers of Island Moving Company. Tickets and sponsorship information are available at 

Proceeds from this fundraiser help to underwrite IMC’s education and community programs and further the health of Newport County’s arts & cultural ecosystem. 

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Now in its 39th season, Island Moving Company (IMC) – under the leadership of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen – has produced and presented dance by a diverse group of some of the world’s leading dance-makers and collaborating artists to make original works that leave audiences exhilarated and transfixed. In addition to its mainstage and family series productions, IMC is widely known for its unique approach to experiential and site-specific performances as well as innovative use of unconventional venues such as Rosecliff Mansion, Belcourt Castle, S/V Oliver Hazard Perry, and other notable sites across Newport County. 

IMC is a non-profit, professional, contemporary ballet company whose mission is to build the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Newport County, RI through dance creation, performance, and education. 

Founded 1982, IMC has a long history of enriching the cultural fabric of our communities and is comprised of 13 professional dancers, 2 artistic producers, six administrative staff and is governed by a board of 10 community leaders. 

Island Moving Company (IMC) serves as a cultural attraction, creative catalyst, and educational resource for residents of Newport County, and accessible to all Rhode Islanders.


Island Moving Company announces tickets are now on sale for its spring repertory production of RETURN TO LIVE! and are available through IMC’s box by clicking here.

RETURN TO LIVE! marks a number of firsts for Newport’s innovative dance company – IMC’s first Providence production to be hosted at The WaterFire Arts Center – AND the first hybrid production offering limited capacity Live Audience and a simulcast Live Stream broadcast.

Performance dates run May 6-8 at 8:00pm, at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence. May 6 is available for live-stream viewing, and limited capacity Live Attendance is available on Friday May 7 & Saturday May 8th performances. Tickets for Live-Stream viewing are $35 and in-person tickets are $45. More information and tickets, click here!




IMC announces performance dates and tickets on sale for its new spring repertory production of TOGETHER IN THIS DREAM- Dancing Through The Digital Divide.

Live streaming performances are scheduled for March 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm, and recorded encore performances will be made available through On-Demand streaming starting March 11. Tickets including both the Live & On-Demand productions are $35, and $20 for On-demand only tickets are on sale now at

The program features two world premiere works, one, “Skeleton Crew” from IMC’s Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, and a new work by guest choreographer, Mark Harootian, entitled “Steady Grip”. Genest has also set a previous work “Venus and a Crescent Moon” on IMC for the first time. Rounding out the program are restaged works from Colin Connor, Rodney Rivera, and IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen.

The show will be approximately 60 minutes in length and Live Stream performances will engage creative conversations with artists & audience members immediately following the performances on each of the evenings. The performances will be live-streamed from the Newport Congregational church as part of an on-going partnership between IMC and the non-profit organization that operates the space and oversees the partnerships educational & performance programs in the space.




Announcing 2021 Summer Dance Intensive & Open Company Auditions 

Island Moving Company (IMC) is pleased to share the enclosed information regarding our Summer Dance Intensive for 2021 as well as notice for Open Company Auditions. 

Founded in 1982, Island Moving Company (IMC) is a non-profit, professional, contemporary ballet company whose mission is to build the cultural, educational and economic vitality of Newport County, RI through dance creation, performance and education. 

IMC is dedicated to the development and performance of original choreographic works, and has commissioned over 120 new dances from modern and contemporary ballet choreographers, as well as a dozen, original musical scores. 




Island Moving Company is pleased to announce the World Premiere of its newest film, Through Her Eyes – ANewport Nutcracker Reimagined – just in time for the holidays.

While in-person performances remain limited this year, IMC’s unique approach to its annual family favorite, A Newport Nutcracker, has been reimagined as a spectacular 30-minute feature film, making its holiday classic more accessible than ever this year.

Imparting a welcome sense of magic and whimsy for the holiday season, Through Her Eyes – A Newport Nutcracker Reimagined was filmed at multiple, majestic properties of the Preservation Society of Newport County, and follows a young girl’s magical, global journey of discovery, and self-empowerment.  Journey along with IMC Dancers, meet familiar characters, travel to fantastical places, and experience the warmth, joy, and hope at the heart of IMC’s unique holiday tale.

Through Her Eyes – A Newport Nutcracker Reimagined is available for limited on-demand streaming this December, as well as on Rhode Island PBS. Details and reservations to purchase a private link are available now at IMC’s box-office by CLICKING HERE!

Randal S. Poirier establishes the Doing Well by Doing Good Charitable Foundation!

Island Moving Company would like to congratulate Randal S. Poirier, Financial Planner and Partner of Independence Financial Partners, on the establishment of his Doing Well by Doing Good Charitable Foundation! His long-term support of IMC and various other Newport nonprofits is very much appreciated!

Independence Financial Partners, a leading southern New England financial services firm with an office in Newport, announced this week that Poirier has established this charitable fund to support select Newport non-profits, especially those greatly impacted by COVID-19. The Doing Well by Doing Good Foundation is committed to distributing at least $100,000 to Newport charities, including IMC, over the next ten years.

Miki Ohlsen, IMC’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director, commented, “Randal is a lover of the arts and his loyal support of IMC for many years shows that. Randal has generously funded many IMC events such as School Time Matinees for the Newport Nutcracker and our Family Series Ballet, and it’s important to him to make sure children grow up with the arts around them. He has also donated to our Capital Campaign for a new Center for Dance and Education which, together with his new foundation, shows his dedication to thinking about the future of the Newport community.”

“I’m excited to formalize the philanthropy I’ve been committed to for over two decades,” said Poirier. “I enjoy using my skills to help a core group of local charities meet their goals. I also help non-profits maximize their fundraising results by helping them create customized planned charitable giving strategies for their donors. Beyond direct support, my hope is that highlighting these organizations will spotlight the fantastic work they do, while also encouraging more community support.”


Island Moving Company announces performance dates for both its ground-breaking new dance film and repertory series productions In Newport & Bristol, RI. Both events comply with all CDC & RI Dept. of Health guidelines for outdoor events, including physically distanced seating & required use of face masks. Tickets are on sale now.

IMC Is pleased to announce the World Premiere of its newest project, Out of Ruin, a Marta Renzi film, conceived & choreographed by IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen & Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, featuring the dancers of Island Moving Company. A red-carpet Experience is planned for the film’s Newport screening at Cardines Field on Friday October 2 at 6:30 pm. The film was shot this summer at locations across Newport, Jamestown, and Little Compton featuring much of Rhode Island’s natural beauty and historic landmarks in an original, captivating, and lush cinematic short. Inspired by a poem by Patience Strong (*provided below), this latest work shares a visually rich and kinetic allegory of individual clans in isolation who journey to discover their paths to a place of unity.

The week following the film premiere, IMC will present Its latest repertory production eMERGE!, a breathtaking selection of new & restaged dances, October 9-11 at Blithewold Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol, RI.  Out of Ruin, will receive an East Bay screening on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 as part of IMC’s outdoor series at Blithewold. eMERGE! features the premiere of new works from guest choreographer Colin Connor, former Artistic Director of the Jose Limon Company, as well as a new work from IMC’s Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest. Restaged works on the program Include dances from IMC’s Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen as well as Ms. Genest.

For a full press release, click here!

New Dates added for WHERE IN NEWPORT IS IMC?

Island Moving Company (IMC) announces the addition of new dates to its popular Free Summer Performance Series.

Where in Newport is IMC? is a series of micro pop-up performances in some of Newport’s beautiful public parks. The series continues with new dates through September, beginning this Thursday, September 3rd at Rovensky Park and runs consecutive Thursdays through September 24th.

Dates and locations include:
• September 3 – Rovensky Park, Bellevue Avenue & Rovensky Avenue
• September 10 – Queen Anne Square, Thames Street & Church Street
• September 17 – Morton Park, Morton Avenue & Coggeshall Avenue
• September 24 – Miantonomi Park, 120 Hillside Avenue

All Performances run 10 minutes in length, will be presented at two times: 12:45pm & 1:15pm each Thursday.
Audiences are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy with the performances.

2020 Nuit Blanche: Tous Réunis – a virtual gala garden party like no other!

Island Moving Company (IMC), announced plans for its annual Nuit Blanche benefit to be re-imagined as a virtual gala garden party like no other! The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 21 at 7:00pm.

The Gala will run approximately 45 minutes and be made available to patrons through an invitation to join the broadcast online. Guests will enjoy live and specially recorded music and dance performances made for and performed in the gardens of Bellevue House, one of Newport’s most spectacular landscapes.

Participants will select from a variety of experience packages offering different benefits and options from signature cocktail kits & complimentary spirits to assorted hors d’oeuvres & dinner options to enjoy from home. IMC is partnering with Blackstone Caterers. Tickets to IMC’s Nuit Blanche: Tous Réunis are on sale now. Click here for tickets.  For more information, click here!