Creative Collaboration- A Community Conversation

Creative Collaboration – Reimagining Orff’s Carmina Burana for a new age

March 8th, 7:00pm Free and open to all!

Distefano Lecture Hall/Antone Academic Center

Salve Regina University, 56 Lawrence Ave.

Newport, RI

Artists from the fields of professional dance, design and music join a community conversation to discuss their inspiration and creative process behind an all-new, multidisciplinary production of one of the world’s most iconic cantatas.

Join us for an invigorating discussion about legacy, multidisciplinary collaboration, and what sparks and energizes artists of different fields to come together and create. 

Moderated by humanities scholar Christina Bevilacqua, the panel includes Animator and Scenic Designer, Chen-Wei Liao, Music Director, and conductor Joshua Rohde, and IMC choreographers, Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, and Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest.

In celebration of the Company’s 40th anniversary celebration, Island Moving Company (IMC) has invited leading artists in dance, music, and design to collaborate on its most ambitious production yet. Masterful Movers celebrates IMC’s landmark anniversary with the East Coast premiere of famed choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s seminal work, Where We Left Off, set to a score by Phillip Glass and re-staged for IMC dancers.

The evening also includes the premiere of a spectacular new adaptation of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, conceived, choreographed, and staged by IMC’s Founder and Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, and Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest.

IMC’s Carmina Burana  integrates stunning sets, film, visual design, and live orchestra, with 18 IMC dancers and over 100 singers as part of an exciting collaboration with Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra (RICCO) under the musical direction of Dr. Joshua Rohde. Ohlsen & Genest envisioned the full-length ballet as an immersive, multi-media production, filled with lush, athletic dance that transform’s Orff’s iconic work for a new generation of audiences as well as hardcore enthusiasts.

As noted critic, Lewis Segal from the LA Times observed, “Island Moving Company (IMC) is recognized for choreography that fuses conceptual skill with technical prowess.”  Throughout their 30 year working relationship, Miki and Danielle have sought out peers who think as innovative as they do, providing a creative outlet and platform for collaboration and invention.

In this current time of feeling unmoored on a global scale, IMC continues to move forward in positive and supportive ways that bring our community together through the transformative power of dance and artistic expression.