Island Moving Company’s ‘Return to Live’: Deep, thoughtful art
Waterfire Arts Center, Providence, RI.
May 6, 2021.
Returning to live performance — these days, it’s a development that can make dancers and dance lovers everywhere rejoice. Since March of 2021, Island Moving Company (IMC) has kept its mission alive, as best it can in the circumstances, in a variety of ways: outdoor, socially-distanced performances (weather permitting); live-streamed shows; classes streamed over social media; outdoor classes; and more. Return to Live, at Providence, RI’s Waterfire Arts Center, was the company’s first show in a theater for a live audience since COVID hit.
The company always creates notably thoughtful work — in concept and execution — yet the works in this program in particular evinced deep, thoughtful artmaking. It demonstrated how even simple choices can have profound meaning behind them. Perhaps the weight of the occasion was part of that effect — if even on the subjective part of this reviewer. Whatever the cause, the effect of this deep, thoughtful art was provoking thought and creating unparalleled aesthetic experiences.