March 3 & 4 - Mother Goose/ Opening Connections: An Evening of Celebrating Dance/ Junior Company Performance.
Ticket on-sale now!
May 11 - Spring Repertory Show at the Casino Theater in Newport, featuring new works by guest Mark Harootian and the Island Moving Co. dancers, plus work by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen. Join us for a drink at the Canfield House before the performance and dinner there with the dancers after the show. A great Mother's Day outing.
July 12 - our summer party, a site specific dance wonderland at Ronald Fleming's magical garden on Bellevue Avenue.
July 18-21; 24-27 - Great Friends Dance Festival, two weeks of great times, great friends and great dance with guest companies from around the country.
September 18-22 - Open for Dancing, Island Moving Co.'s biennial site specific dance and art festival. Choreographers to be announced soon. Anyone can participate in Open for Dancing - mark your calendar now and join in the creative experience of a lifetime.
November 29 - December 6 - Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff; tickets go on sale in July.
Join us for a dangerously close dance.
A Newport Nutcraker at Rosecliff ~ November 23-25 & 27-30
Great Friends Dance Festival
July 14-22, 2012 at 7:30pm; at the Great Friends Meeting House, 30 Marlborough St, Newport
Island Moving Co. welcomes companies from around the country for eight nights of shared performances, talk backs with the choreographers, master classes and more, at the intimate Great Friends Meeting House in the heart of Newport.
Our residency company this year, for the Great Friends Touring Project, is Missouri Contemporary Ballet. MCB joins us for two weeks of creative time in our studios and shared performances. They will also perform in the all-festival piece choreographed by John Mark Owen, premiering July 21 & 22. Other guests will include John Mark Owen Presents from New York; Providence Ballet Theatre and Daniel McCusker Dance Project from Boston. The Festival begins with a gala 30th anniversary celebration on July 13th, with cocktails, dinner, dancing and a fabulous performance at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport. Great Friends Dance Festival patrons can this year choose to purchase a Festival Pass for $250, including tickets to our The World is Your Oyster gala on July 13th, master classes with the visiting choreographers, access to rehearsals and a pass for all eight performances.
Handful of Pearls at Newport's Casino Theatre
May 12, 2012 at 7:30pm
Island Moving Co. returns to the lovely and newly renovated Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame for one performance this spring. Returning from our tour to Pasadena in April, the Company will present the Newport premiere of “Noon,” choreographed by the Pasadena Dance Theatre’s Associate Director, Laurence Blake. The dancers will also perform Miki Ohlsen’s “Ruth…less” and an excerpt from her popular tango piece, “Hora Cero.” And they’ll also be presenting works they themselves have been choreographing, bringing the Company back to its roots as a forum for dancers to explore choreographic ideas on each other. Miki Ohlsen has chosen dances by Shane Farrell, Christine Sandorfi and Carol Tang from among pieces the dancers have been crafting since Nutcracker time. The evening continues the Company’s celebration of its pearl anniversary, the 30th, and will include an opportunity to join the Board of Directors for cocktails before the show as well as dinner with the dancers afterward, both at the Canfield House right next door. Tickets to the performance only are $25, with student rates available. For cocktails and the performance the ticket is $50 and for the whole evening, with the prix fixe dinner at the Canfield House, the price is $75.
See the "30th Anniversary" page under "Performances" for more information.
Opening Weekend at Rosecliff
March 3 & 4, 2012
The dancers and Miki Ohlsen premiere a new ballet for children (and their adults) based on Mother Goose rhymes and using the magical backdrop of Rosecliff for an interactive performance experience. "Mother Goose at Rosecliff" will feature dances choreographed by the Company's dancers, moving from room to room with live accompaniment by a minstrel fiddler and commentary provided by Mother Goose herself. Join the dancers after each show for birthday cupcakes and photo opportunities. Appropriate for children as young as three.
March 3 & 4 at 3pm.
On Saturday night, the Island Moving Co. celebrates thirty years of collaboration and new choreography with a repertory performance in Rosecliff''s ballroom. The evening includes a champagne toast and a cash bar at intermission.
March 3 at 7pm
Open for Dancing
Choreographers Marta Renzi, Christine Sandorfi and Zach Morris choreograph for Newport landscapes, using "companies" made up of Island Moving Co. dancers, IMC Junior Company members and members of the community. At the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Ronald Lee Fleming's garden on Bellevue Ave. and at Fort Adams. "Phantom Limb" performances throughout downtown Newport by Green Chair Dance Group, and other free dance events taking place all around Newport, master classes, open rehearsals and more. All performances free.
Performances September 24 & 25 2-5pm on the hour
Saturday 2pm Bellevue House & Norman Bird Sanctuary; 3 & 4pm Bellevue House, Norman Bird Sanctuary & Fort Adams; 5pm Fort Adams
Sunday 2pm Bellevue House & Fort Adams; 3 & 4pm Bellevue House, Norman Bird Sanctuary & Fort Adams; 5pm Norman Bird Sanctuary
At Bellevue House - Choreographer Christine Sandorfi creates an aerial work for the garden's fernleaf beech tree with musical accompaniment by Tobias Andrews and Naseer Ashraf
At Fort Adams - Free Food! Zach Morris has collaborated with chef Sophie Plowright to create "Garrison Rations", which audience members partake in with the cast as part of the dance
At the Norman Bird Sanctuary - Marta Renzi recreates a mixed up fairy tale world in "Yew Forest," with music created and played by Steven Jobe, with violinist Laura Gulley and cellist Rob Bethel
Great Friends Dance Festival
Guest companies from around the country join IMC at the intimate and historic Great Friends Meeting House, Newport. Pasadena Dance Theatre is the Festival's Resident Company, New Yorkers Cherylyn Lavagnino and John-Mark Owen, and former Newporters Anne Zuerner and Saifan Shmerer perform, along with IMC Choreographers Competition runner-up Adrienne Westwood. Miki Ohlsen premieres "Au Coin de la Rue," to music by Edith Piaf and Providence choreographer Colleen Cavanaugh will create a new work using all of the visiting dancers, which will be performed on the final weekend. See the detailed schedule at http://www.islandmovingco.org/?page_id=230
July 21 7:30pm; July 22 Gala Opening Night Celebration; July 23, 24, 26, 27, 28 and 31 at 7:30pm; two shows July 29 & 30 6:30 & 8:30pm 30 Marlborough Street, Newport