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Open for Dancing

Open for Dancing is IMC's biennial site-specific dance festival (which is free & open to the public) highlighting Newport's stunning landscapes. For each of 3 sites, choreographers are paired with collaborating artists, who work with "companies" of dancers, made up of IMC's professional dancers and members of the community to create site-specific performances. Participants of all ages become collaborators in and experience the vision of these artists by being part of the works themselves. Audiences get to see familiar landscapes through a different lens crafted by the unparalleled imagination of these choreographers. Festival activities also include master classes, panel discussions, open lunches with the artists and evening events such as a Sunset Waltz, which closes the festival with free ballroom dancing on a wharf.

Past choreographers for Open for Dancing have included Monica Bill Barnes, Michael Bolger, Art Bridgman & Myrna Packer, Nikki Carrara, Jim Coleman & Terese Freedman, Andrea Haenggi, Joanna Haigood, Brian Jones, Noemie Lafrance, Daniel McCusker, Zach Morris, Amy Ragsdale, Marta Renzi and Christine Sandorfi.  The festival has included hundreds of participants from the community as well as dozens of collaborating artists.  We're looking forward to a new trio of gorgeous dances set in stunning Newport landscapes in 2015.  Everything at O4D is free and open to the public. Contact us for more information about Open for Dancing today!

Open for Dancing at The Steel Yard 2013

This year, with help from the National Endowment for the Arts, we took Open for Dancing on the road.  Tom Pearson of Third Rail Projects in New York choreographed a site specific work for the fabulous post-industrial space of  The Steel Yard, in Olneyville in Providence, RI. Pearson collaborated with Open for Dancing veteran and artist Bob Rizzo and created "Marrow" with two Third Rail dancers, the Island Moving Co. dancers and adventurous Yardies Monica Shinn and Anna Shapiro.


Marrow Rizzo - Thomas Palmer
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Open for Dancing celebrates its sixth season in 2013.  Choreographers John-Mark Owen, Yanira Castro and Deborah Lohse (all from New York) have chosen sites and are rehearsing now for this amazing and joyful festival.  Each dance will be unique and each dance is made with a "company" made up of Island Moving Co. dancers working with members of the community.  Anyone who wants to can perform in Open for Dancing.  For individuals, a $150 fee includes participation in an O4D original work, master classes, parties and opportunities to meet the artists. Schools and colleges can bring groups of students into the festival for a negotiated group rate.

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A Sense of Place - Open for Dancing's documentary

Open for Dancing has been made into a feature length film by our videographer Rocco Michaluk of RI Film.  We've  finished up a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the post-production costs.  The film includes interviews with our 2011 choreographers, Zach Morris, Marta Renzi and Christine Sandorfi plus the film of their dances at Fort Adams, the Norman Bird Sanctuary and Ron Fleming's beautiful beech tree, in combination with footage from past Open for Dancing festivals and all the wonderful festival events, open-air ballroom dances, tai chi on the rocks, that go into this transformative festival every other September.  We remembered O4D on its off-year with a gala premiere of A Sense of Place at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center on September 20, 2012.

Open for Dancing 2011

Record numbers of audience attended performances at Bellevue House, Fort Adams and the Norman Bird Sanctuary during Open for Dancing.  Choreographers and participants braved some rainy rehearsals to complete their dances and the results were magnificent.  A never-to-be-forgotten experience.  Marta Renzi thanks us for "the chance to make a little magic in the woods."  Christine Sandorfi is transitioning from choreographer to Sugar Plum and Zach Morris is working on his Steampunk Haunted House in New York, with memories of Open for Dancing as an "awesome experience."









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