Points of Departure
Points of Departure
Newport Congregational Church
October 7-9 & 13-15, 2022
IMC’s 2022/2023 season kicks off with its opening Fall Repertory Production Points of Departure, October 6-9 and 13-15 2023, in the performance space at Newport Congregational Church. The production is comprised of world premiere works from leading female choreographers.
In describing the production, IMC’s new Artistic Director Danielle Genest remarked that “Points of Departure will be a dynamic evening featuring four new works of choreography. I am honored to be joined by three amazing women whose work is beautiful, powerful, evocative, and steeped in meaning. Each perspective represents a different direction, and each direction moves us forward, creating space for understanding and connection”.
The program for Points of Departure features Choreographer Tania Pérez-Salas. Born in Mexico City in 1970, Ms. Pérez-Salas founded her name-sake company in 1994 and has collaborated with Ballet Hispánico and premiered her work in the United States at the Joyce Theatre in New York. She has been invited to present work at festivals such as: La Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France; Cervantino International Festival in México; the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in United States; Shanghai International Dance Festival in China; and Tel Aviv Dance Festival in Israel among others.
In a review of her work, Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe said;
“Pérez–‐Salas work is not only visually arresting but unabashedly sensual, subliminally erotic, and achingly human. But what’s most distinctive about Pérez-Salas’ work is its imaginative, extravagant theatricality…”
Ms. Pérez-Salas’ work is based on universal topics from her unique perspective, exploring dimensions of death and life, femininity, love, and sensuality are all themes she explores in what she describes as observed from “the chaotic, surreal, and exotic Mexican culture.”
Ms. Pérez-Salas began developing her newest work, RUN ECHO for IMC earlier this year. She will be in residence in Newport for two weeks starting September 18, to choreograph the work on IMC dancers. Ms. Pérez-Salas explains; “Run Echo proposes different points of view about borders and migration. It reflects the society in which we live, questioning human nature and its condition. Though this is the era of communications and technology…, shortening the distance between persons…, the free movement of people is far from becoming a reality because the walls tend to grow every day.”
Another work developed for IMC’s Points of Departure comes from Choreographer Francesca Genovese. A native of Rochester, NY, Francesca trained at the American Academy of Ballet as well as on full scholarship at the Garth Fagan School. In 2004, she began her professional career with Carolina Ballet Theater and became a resident choreographer with the company in 2009. ln 2015, she returned to her hometown of Rochester NY to dance with Rochester City Ballet. Francesca now teaches at Renaissance Academy Charter School for the Arts and is an Adjunct Faculty member in the dance department at Nazareth College in Pittsford, NY.
Ms. Genovese came to work with IMC dancers and students at this past summer’s Newport
Dance Festival, where Ms. Genest invited her to develop a new work for the company’s production of Points of Departure. Inspired by Ukranian musical artists, DakhaBrakha and their recent performance celebration of art, culture, and strength, Ms. Genovese set off to create her work entitled насіння (Nissinya), which translated in English means ‘seeds’. Genovese explains she was moved by the story of Ukranian native who met invading soldiers at the border of her town giving them handfuls of sunflower seeds and demanding they put them in their pockets. Foretelling that they would not return home, the women exclaimed “that at least they would leave something beautiful behind”.
The program for Points of Departure will also include new works from Choreographer Colleen Cavanaugh, who is an assistant clinical professor of Ob/Gyn at Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine and has been in private practice for thirty years in RI. Cavanaugh founded & directed Cadence Dance Project and Part of The Oath, both in RI, and worked with Festival Ballet Providence and Island Moving Co. Cavanaugh’s work for the program is entitled, She Flew Away and is set to a score by composer Max Richter and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Marlene Cuititar.
Rounding out the production will be an all-new work from IMC’s Artistic Director, Danielle Genest entitled City. Set to a score by composer Olafur Arnalds, Genest explains that “City explores the tidal nature of communities – constantly shifting and changing with time. Gravitating between firm ground and free space, we cling to one another for support but find ourselves lost in a sea of motion.”
IMC has added a special preview performance for Points of Departure on Thursday, October 6th at 7:30 pm. Seating selection will be limited, and film crew & cameras may partially obstruct some views.
IMC’s Executive Director Peter Bramante noted that “We planned to do a closed filming of this evening for the company’s archival and promotional uses, but we determined it would be fun to open it up and make it affordable for folks who enjoy getting a behind the scenes look before the production officially opens.”