July 20 – 25

at Great Friend’s Meeting House

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Island Moving Company presents Newport Dance Festival July 20-25, 2021 on an outdoor stage at Great Friends Meeting House in Newport, RI. Each evening performance will feature a unique lineup of dances drawn on the talent, artistry, and unique styles of the festival’s five visiting dance companies, and Newport’s resident Island Moving Company.

Headlining the festival is Malashock Dance based out of San Diego, CA will present work by founder John Malashock.

Additional dance companies in the 2021 festival include Thomas/Ortiz, Boston Dance Theater, Khambatta Dance, East Coast Contemporary Ballet, and Revolve Dance of Providence.

There are no rain dates.

Cancellation due to weather will be made each night at 5:30pm. In case of a needed cancellation, tickets can be used on any other day. No refunds.

In the case of a cancelation on Sunday, July 25 refunds are available for all previously purchased and unused tickets.

Island Moving Co.’s Great Friends Touring Project is designed to bring IMC to new audiences and to bring new audiences to dance. Each year, for the Newport Dance Festival (formerly the Great Friends Dance Festival) in July, we invite a resident company to Newport for two weeks of studio time and performance; in return for a reciprocal performance in their home venue.

The Festival features mixed bills of IMC and guest artists. Dancers take class together; directors teach master classes; a commissioned choreographer creates a piece for all Festival dancers.  Each night, a Festival choreographer opens the program with an Etude, a work that has been created that day on dancers who elect to participate.  Besides the Etudes, at least a dozen new works have been created, as companies take advantage of the focused time together, away from the distractions of other jobs and obligations.  Audiences are invited to talk forwards before each show and have opportunities to connect with the artists.  Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen invites diverse companies doing excellent work from around the country, using a network of “great friends” — previous residency partners, choreographers and presenters. Since 2010, we have presented 28 companies from New York, Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Missouri, Virginia, California and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

For more information about the Great Friends Touring Project, click here.