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A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!
Follow the White Rabbit as he takes Alice and the audience down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, where the audience from ages 6 to 99 will meet the Red Queen, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and all the magical residents of Wonderland.
With a classical music score by Dimitri Shastokovich, libretto by Nancy McAuliffe, and new and exciting choreography by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, we look forward to unveiling this exciting new production at the newly restored Newport Congregational Church.
October 17 &18 at 4:30pm
October 19 at 3:00pm
October 20 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Newport Congregational Church
73 Pelham Street
Newport, RI 02840
The annual Nuit Blanche summer gala for Island Moving Company will benefit the nonprofit organization’s professional dance company, pre-professional after-school dance training program, and in-school educational programs. Approximately 400 guests will enjoy this year’s “Nuit Blanche: Au Cinema” at Ronald Lee Fleming’s New York Times featured Bellevue House on July 5th.
Barbara Caldwell and Ellen Barnes are co-chairing the event to celebrate IMC’s 37th season under the direction of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen. IMC dancers will perform throughout the gardens along with other artists for the first 90 minutes. Guests will then enter the beautifully appointed tent, enjoy open bar, savories by Russell Morin Catering & Events and dance the night away to tunes by the Original Moonlighters.
GAMM THEATRE TO HOST NEWPORT CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMPANY
(Newport, RI) – Island Moving Company announces Convergence, an evening of contemporary ballet featuring the restaging of Modern Dance legend Jose Limón’s 1958 masterpiece Mazurkas and the world premiere of commissioned works by Tina Kay Bohnstedt and Danielle Genest. Performances are scheduled for May 10 and 11 at 7:30pm at the newly renovated Gamm Theatre in Warwick, RI. Curated by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, Convergence is designed to showcase the company’s 12 nationally and internationally recruited dancers in an intimate 300 seat setting.
In a 2013 review describing Jose Limón’s Mazurkas, New York Times critic Gia Kourlas noted, “Its technical and unpretentious full-bodied movement is the draw.” Set to music by Chopin, Mazurkas was created to honor the spirit of the people of Poland after a visit the choreographer made to the country in 1957. The piece has been re-staged for local audiences by dance pioneer Sarah Stackhouse who came of age as a dancer in New York City during the 1960s. In 1958, she joined the José Limón Company, working also as Limón’s assistant at the Juilliard School. The choreographers and dancers with whom she worked and studied during this time include—in addition to Limón—Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, and the ballet great, Anthony Tudor. Limón’s Mazurkas is presented by IMC with support from the Kiven Family Foundation.
Convergence will include the premiere of guest choreographer Tina Kay Bohnstedt’s Voices Around the Table set to music by Rachmaninoff. Bohnstedt began her dance training at the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung Ballet Academy in Munich, Germany, and became a Principal Ballerina at the Bavarian State Ballet, Germany, and Diablo Ballet, California. Bohnstedt toured internationally to China, Italy, Korea, the Philippines, Poland, Belarus, Spain and Switzerland. She served as a Ballet Mistress with Houston Ballet, and currently trains aspiring dancers in Houston, TX.
The evening will also feature Evoked, a solo choreographed by IMC Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest and premiered by IMC dancer Rhea Keller. Previously, Genest’s choreography has been commissioned by New York Theatre Ballet, Tallahassee Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Island Moving Company, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Salve Regina University, and Texas A&M University. Keller’s dance credits include the Rochester City Ballet, Bellydance Evolution, Central Illinois Ballet.
Providence cellist Adrienne Taylor will perform live from the stage in accompaniment to Genest’s Night Vision, which was debuted at Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion in March 2019. In addition to IMC, Taylor’s collaborative credits include engagements with Kronos Quartet, the Sphinx Virtuosi and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. The evening’s live music is made possible with support from Dominique Alfandre & Thomas Palmer.
The program is completed with two additional pieces from the company’s repertory: La Tierra Giro commissioned by Joya Hoyt in 2015, and Kindred/two hearts 1952-1985 which debuted in 2018. Both are choreographed by IMC Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen.
Opportunities to underwrite the evening’s new works are available, and tickets are available at $49 or $69 online at www.IslandMovingCo.org or over the phone at (401)847-4470.
Friday May 10, 7:30pm
Saturday May 11, 7:30pm
Please join Island Moving Company for a friendraiser with dinner parties hosted by IMC’s closest friends followed by a Woodstock inspired dance party.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH
DINNERS AND DANCE PARTY
PRIVATELY HOSTED DINNERS 6 – 8pm
DANCE PARTY WITH OPEN BAR @ The Deck 1 Waites Wharf 8:30 – 11:30pm
Individual dinner parties will be hosted by friends of IMC throughout Newport, and then everyone will congregate @ The Deck for a dance party and desserts celebrating Newport’s Daffodil Days, the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, and Island Moving Company’s year round programs and performances.
Dinner + Dance Party: $150
Dance Party Only: $85
Live music & Woodstock dress encouraged.
Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11
7:30pm each night
at The Gamm Theatre
Island Moving Company, Newport’s professional, contemporary ballet company, presents Convergence at the Gamm Theatre, a mixed repertory show featuring Jose Limon’s “Mazurkas” and a world premiere by choreographer Tina Bohnstedt, along with Miki Ohlsen’s 2018 breathtaking piece “Kindred: two hearts” and three other well known IMC favorites.
The “Carnival of the Animals” is Directed by Brooke DiFrancesco and choreographed by Christine Sandorfi. A Lion, two Hens, a Donkey, a Tortoise and other assorted creatures dance to music by Camille Saint-Saens in a production that lasts roughly one half hour. The Winter Festival presentation will be suitable for children of all ages and will include an opportunity to join the dancers in some dancing after the performance.
Tickets are $6 for one adult plus one child; $4 for additional adult and $3 for each additional child; with $1 off for each bracelet presented.
By Cecilia Lacouture
The Nutcracker show is traditionally put on by the Island Moving Company every year, and it is thought to be just as enchanting as The Boston Ballet Nutcracker. The show encompasses beautiful dancing and costuming. Dancers rehearse for the show starting in September, and are hard at work leaning their parts. Working behind the scenes, there are many people who help to work on different aspects of the show. From costume design, to parents helping with sets, the company is always busy working toward these performances. There are around one hundred kids that are involved with the Nutcracker, as well as older kids as well. Eileen Stoops has spent fourteen to fifteen years working to prepare the costuming for the Island Moving Companys’ dancers. In her opinion there is always changes going on with costuming and sets. Yet, despite the changes that occur; the show always comes out beautifully. The location of the show creates a unique type of setting. In the Rosecliff mansion on Bellevue
Avenue it creates a regal type of staging for the dancers’ christmastime show.
Ten things you probably didn’t know about the nutcracker:
- The character who is traditionally named Clara in the Nutcracker story is named Tess in
IMC’s production- after Theresa Oelrichs, who had the home constructed in 1899.
- The architect Stanford White designed Rosecliff based on the Grand Trianon of Versailles.
- The Island Moving company incorporates the history of Rosecliff into its own production.
- Marius Petipa and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky later collaborated to create the ballet from
Dumas’ version (which was translated from the original into french) – and premiered it in St.
Petersburg, Russia in 1892.
- There are 95 costumes featured on stage
- 13 company dancers and 90 kids dance in the show
- The first act of the performance is a journey where guests are guided from room to room of the
mansion, in the second act guests are seated at tables in the ballroom.
- Tara’s costume is made out of a fabric called silessence, which is made mostly out of polyester.
- Some of the costumes that are used now, have been used in almost all of the past performances
- Eileen Stoops has been making the costumes for The Island Moving Company for 14 to
By The Newport Daily News staff
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at 6:21 PM
The show — titled “Far to Near: Choreography. Closer.” — is designed to showcase the company’s 13 nationally and internationally recruited dancers in three new works commissioned by the troupe as well as three pieces already in the troupe’s repertory.
It will be performed Oct. 26-27 in the intimate 200-seat setting of the Casino Theatre, 10 Freebody St.
Simona De Tullio, the director of the Breathing Art Company based in Bari, Italy, will debut two pieces with scores by Puccini and Ivan Iusco with Hugues Lebars, respectively. De Tullio has directed the international San Nicola Dance Prize since 2010, and is influenced in part by her collaborations with American contemporary ballet legend Alonzo King.
Island Moving Co. Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen will debut a piece to join the more than 30 works she has contributed to the company’s repertory. Ohlsen’s premiere will feature veteran IMC dancer Katie Moorehead and relative newcomer Gregory Tyndall in an intimate duet.
“Far to Near: Choreography. Closer.” also will feature “Here’s to Life” by Puerto Rico native Rodney Rivera. The piece was commissioned by Island Moving Co. in the spring of this year in tribute to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastation in the fall of 2017. It features a score by Michael Nyman and Johnny Mandel.
The program also will feature three pieces being restaged from the company’s existing repertory: “Transport” by IMC Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest, “Queens are Made of Distance and Greasepaint” by IMC dancer Shane Farrell, and “Continua Metamorfosi” by Ohlsen, originally commissioned by Topsy Taylor.
Performances are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at IslandMovingCo.org or by calling 847-4470.