Pioneering new dance works comes into sharper focus

IMC’s Artistic & Associate Artistic Directors continue to advance development of a major collaborative work with Italy’s Breathing Art Company—a longtime partner. The work, entitled — La Palomba / Ascending will be an original, evening-length dance work commemorating the forthcoming 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Miki Ohlsen, IMC’s Artistic Director noted: “Paying tribute through our work to all that happened on that day 20 years ago, is a privilege. This work will honor the past while providing hope for the future, in a world where so much healing is needed.”

If you are interested in becoming a lead commissioner of the project or, if you have air/travels miles you could donate OR, if you might be interested to travel with the Company for this extraordinary project, please contact Executive Director Peter Bramante.

IMC’s Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest added, “Creating this work about such a profound event in our world has been truly humbling.  It has been a process of real discovery that reminds us, each day, of the fragile nature of our existence and the incredible impact of human connection.”


Furthering IMC’s vision to explore new ideas and viewpoints that help connect audiences to each other and offer relevant insights to their lives and our collective humanity, La Palomba / Ascending will be original, evening-length dance work commemorating the forthcoming 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Miki shared more of her thoughts about the project: “The dream of creating a site-specific work around the events of 9/11, for La Palomba Sculpture Garden in Matera, Italy, is coming true. Danielle and I have been working for the last two months with the IMC dancers on this project. We will bring the IMC dancers with us to Italy, where we will incorporate dancers from Breathing Art Company in the work as well. The work will be recreated and presented here in Newport in October.”

Project Background

During the company’s last international tour to Italy in 2019, IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen explored the countryside in Matera, and came upon La Palomba Sculpture Garden. This amazing open quarry is filled with massive sculptures created from the rubble of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, by sculptor, Antonio Paradiso.

The sculptor’s vision of the work, the origins of the materials, and the quarry inspired Miki to make a new site-specific work commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

Entitled, LA PALOMBA / ASCENDING, the work will be made on-site in Matera Italy with Breathing Art Company dancers form Bari and presented in the La Palomba Sculpture Gardens.

A “work-in-progress” version is planned to be previewed in Chiostro, Santa Chiara, as part of a planned IMC residency, September 10 – 12. The public performance dates in Matera are September 16 – 20, 2021. The work is envisioned to run without an intermission for 45 minute and can be repeated twice daily. IMC will restage the work for Ballard Park in Newport with performances October 8 – 11, 2021.