Rhode Island Dance Company News

Long time Island Moving Co dancer, Mary Beth Murphy, has announced that she will retire from the company following her current role in A Newport Nutcracker. Read more about Mary Beth in the December 3, 2003 Providence Journal on pages g1 &g8.

Festival Ballet Providence's December 13th 730 pm performance of The Nutcracker will feature a special guest artist on the PPAC stage: the City of Providence's highest elected official, Mayor David N. Cicilline.

A keen supporter of the city's cultural community, Mayor Cicilline has shown his commitment to the arts through the careful creation of the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism.

The Mayor has been cast in one special performance of The Nutcracker to support Festival Ballet Providence in a production that brings an audience of over 15,000 to the center of Providence. In a tuxedo, cape and top hat, and with coaching from Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric, Mayor Cicilline will be featured in Act I, as a friend of the Silberhaus family.

Since Festival Ballet Providence's move over two years ago from North Providence to its new facility at 825 Hope Street in Providence, the Mayor has attended numerous events and performances. "I have been thrilled to see Festival Ballet Providence's consistent growth and artistic excellence, and its efforts to bring top quality performances, dance training and dance outreach to the citizens of our city. I am delighted to be a part of that excitement on state, and it is an extraordinary honor to participate in this wonderful tradition," said Mayor David N. Cicilline.

More about Festival Ballet's 2003 Nutcracker

The position of studio dog has a long, proud tradition at Festival Ballet starting with a mongrel adopted by Christine Hennessey in 1978 when FB first opened its doors. (See photo at Elizabeth DeFanti's bio.) Archie, a Yorkshire Terrier who lives with Mark Fleisher, FB's Director of Marketing & Public Relations, is the latest member of this dynasty. Archie spends much time at FB, participates in rehearsals and, most recently, attended November's sold out performances of Up CLOSE, on HOPE. This year he will reprise his role of Dog in The Nutcracker - a role he first played in 2001 and again last year.
Archie is not the only famous FB dog. Marrie Hadfield's Pug, Pushkin (named for both Alexander Pushkin's), has developed quite a ballet expertise with a repertoire including bourees, pirouettes, tours en l'air and, her latest accomplishment, arabesques. Pushkin as dancer will be featured in The Dogs of Benefit Street, a children's book (in process) written by Judy Blake.
Carrie Colaneri, mother of well known dance teacher, Elaine Colaneri, died Friday November 21, 2003 at Fatima Hospital in North Providence. Her funeral was Monday and she was buried at St. Anne Cemetary in Cranston.
Rhode Island physical therapist and Pilates trainer, Jennifer Davis was called to PPAC to administer therapy to various Hairspray members. She's well know in dance circles, but this was her first foray into the hallowed halls of the Providence Performing Arts Center.
Catch the full page spread on RI's, Jaime Windrow in the December issue of Dance Spirit (page 38).
Originally from Providence, Greta Hodgkinson has danced with the National Ballet of Canada for thirteen years and has been a principal dancer there since 1996. You can see more about her at NBC's website http://www.national.ballet.ca.

Elliott Brown Gallery and Festival Ballet Providence present an exhibition of fourteen recent works in glass by internationally renowned artist Toots Zynsky.

The public is invited to view the collection on Sunday, December 7th, 2003, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Festival Ballet Providence studios, 825 Hope Street in Providence. Proceeds from the sale of works from the exhibition will benefit Festival Ballet Providence's Capital Campaign 'Providence en Pointe' and the Festival Ballet Providence Dance Center for Education Scholarship Program.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Zynsky was among the original team of artists who founded The Pilchuck Glass School, north of Seattle, in 1971. Among other awards, she has been a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants.

Known internationally as one of the original innovative voices in the modern American Studio Glass Movement, her unique sculptural vessels made of glass threads are in the collections of more than fifty of the world's finest public institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Louvre.

Ms. Zynsky's work was described by Jennifer Opie, Curator of Ceramics and Glass at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London as "a joyous living sculpture -balancing on its tiny foot, flourishing outwards to balletic frills that sing and dance."

An active supporter of the Arts in Rhode Island since her return to the United States after living in Europe for sixteen years, Ms. Zynsky is presently on the Board of the Festival Ballet Providence. She also is a member of the UrbanGlass Advisory Council in New York City as well as the International Advisory Council at the Glasmuset Ebeltoft, Denmark.

"The new facility on Hope Street offers ever-expanding classes, scholarship programs and interactive learning performances to public school children. When I was young, if there had been a dance program in my school system - or a dance school or company anywhere in the vicinity - I would surely have become a dancer. Oddly enough, it was my love of dance that attracted me to glass," says Ms. Zynsky.

The works from the exhibition may be previewed beginning December 1st at Elliot Brown Gallery. Websites

Judge Raymond Pettine, widower of legendary ballet teacher Lidia Pettine, died at the age of 91 on Monday November 17, 2003 in Dallas, Texas. He was 91. His Rhode Island funeral was at St Sebastian's Church on the East Side in Providence was Friday November 21. For the full story see the Tuesday November 18, 2003 Providence Journal pages 1 & 18. Judge Pettine was an active volunteer for the arts. He helped set up the R.I. Civic Ballet and spent many hours working for many other arts groups.
Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen has offered children's roles to 61 young dancers in the Island Moving Co.'s new Christmas presentation, The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Boys and girls aged 7 to 17 have been cast as party guests, angels, dolls, soldiers and mice for the 13 performances of the ballet, which take place at Rosecliff from November 29 to December 5th. Children from around the state will join the professional dancers of the Island Moving Co. in this unique production of the holiday classic.

The role of Clara will be shared by Newport dancer Camille Bernier-Green and Alexandra Mary Mays of East Greenwich. Her brother Fritz will be played by Conor Ryan. Cast members from Newport and Middletown include Ana and Phoebe Bartlett, Maya Byrne, Asia Del Bonis-O'Donnell, Sophie and Olivia Burnham, Cara Clay, Kristin Dornstauder, Genevieve Dean, Malia and Stephanie Fagan, Laura Fischer, Cailin Fogerty, Meika Hale, Molly Hawes, Alexandria Heredia, Molly Horan, Rebecca Jackson, Ellie Jones, Lisa Larson, Isabel Macomber, Hayden Maguire, Abby McGrath, Lily Moy, Noah Reimer, Saifan Shmerer, Regina Tonn, and Kelsey Wilson. From Portsmouth, the cast includes Savannah Geasey, Meggi Johnstone, Anna MacGillivray, Alexander and Katherine Revello, Francesca Spinella, and Tara Winston. Jamestown dancers include Zoe Conte, Emily Klochkoff, Annie Langan, and Meredith Lussier-Schenck. East Greenwich residents joining the cast are Caroline Bazar, Emily DeCesare, Jennifer Doll, Maddie Hearn, Adria and Lilla Sai-Halasz, Teresa Rupp and Kerri Whelan. Anais Grilli, Suzanne and Christopher Fish of Narragansett, Sara Barney and Rebecca Merten of Warwick, Natasha Cole, Catherine Marginson and Alyssa Racine of North Kingstown, Amelia De Luca-Verley and Laura Martich of Barrington, and Barbarella Piccoli of Kingston also join the cast.
For information and tickets for The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff call 401 847-4470.
More about this performance

The North Family Trust has announced an eighth year of funding support for the Island Moving Co.'s creative movement residency with the fifth grade at Gaudet School in Middletown. The Trust's grant of $2000 will enable Newport's resident contemporary ballet company to extend its elementary school creative movement program to Middletown's fifth graders.

Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen praised the Trust's consistent support in extending the impact of the dancers' interaction with Middletown's students. "Through the Middletown schools' commitment to the arts' vital role in education, Middletown students have experienced movement as part of their education on a consistent and regular basis. The North Family Trust's support of the fifth grade component of the creative movement residency means that we see these students develop into imaginative learners through movement, as well as sophisticated dance audiences. Creative movement often engages students who learn in unconventional ways and develops teamwork, discipline and self-expression."

Through the North Family Trust's support, Middletown's fifth graders work with the Company in their classrooms and also experience a performance by the dancers whom they have come to know in the creative movement program in their elementary schools. Every fifth grader in the Middletown system participates in the residency. Island Moving Co. presents schools programs for every grade level, including high school programs about immigration and creativity. The Company has worked with children throughout southeastern New England. The Company will be in the Bristol schools in the spring and will conduct its ninth year of creative movement in the Middletown schools. For information about the Company call 401 847-4470.

The October 10-16, 2003 edition of the Providence Phoenix has their list of Rhode Island's most influential people in the Arts and has named Carriage House director ,Dorothy Jungels as "a vital force in dance". Not only has Dorothy Jungels founded and run the very successful Everett Dance Company but she and her family along with help from all sorts of art and dance people renovated the Carriage House which now is RI's best small theatre (67 seats) - a forum for emerging dance and experimental theatre companies. The Carriage House is also a place for dance that needs an intimate setting. Many solo dancers have performed on its Marley floor. The Carriage House is also home to the Carriage House Dance School which provides a dance & theatre education to anyone. Scholarships are available to any student in need.

The entire Most Influential in Arts list can be found on-line at http://www.providencephoenix.com/features/top/documents/03220733.asp and Johnette Rodriquez's excellent interview with Dorothy can be seen at http://www.providencephoenix.com/features/specials/documents/03220624.asp. The Providence Phoenix has long provided extensive arts coverage and its Arts section clearly influenced the Providence Journal's Thursday Live section with the result that the Arts have gotten more attention than ever from the mainstream press. By the way, the Phoenix's art critic Johnette Rodriquez, herself, is someone who should be nominated for Most Influential. She appreciates and understands dance in all its performance subsets, and her writing is intelligent, kind-spirited and articulate.

Left to right - Linda Gilo and Doreen Tucker
Festival Ballet Providence premiered Viktor Plotnikov's Carmen October 3 thru 5 to critical praise and standing ovations for the performance on all three nights. Not just RI's ballet family but the entire dance community including tap, jazz, modern and belly dance contingents were well represented in the audience. Some of the dance folk spotted at the performances were Louis Moniz, president of Dance Alliance;

From left to right - Gina Carbone, Deb Brzozowy, Paul Deschenes, Mary Mallozzi, Kerry O'Hara, Kim E. Greenberg
Donald Acevedo dancer & artistic director of Waking Dreams; Eva Maria Pacheco, IMC dancer, choreographer & studio owner; Michael Bolger, IMC dancer,choreographer & teacher; Louise Turilli, teacher; Marilyn Smayda, studio owner & former dancer for FB's predecessor, American Festival Ballet; Ellie Lupo, teacher & former dancer with Joffrey Ballet & Impulse Dance Company; Doreen Tucker, dancer & teacher; Linda Gilo, formerly with the State Ballet & a former instructor for Chance to Dance; Gina Carbone, dancer & teacher; Deb Brzozowy, dancer, artistic director of Studio 34, and studio owner; Mary Mallozzi, dancer & teacher; Kerry O'Hara, dancer and Kim E. Greenberg, dancer & choreographer.

After 29 years of operation, Kingstown Dance And Gymnastic Center on Post Road in North Kingstown will close on September 30th. Owners John and Angela D'Abrosca are selling their large facility and the property on which it stands. The asking price is 750,000 for the 1.2 acre lot and a facility which includes two large dance spaces, 1 large gymnastic facility, office space and showers.
Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre is bursting at the seams with classes and will be opening an annex around the corner from their Boone Street studio in Narragansett. Renovations should be completed in December and the annex will open in January.

Providence Performing Arts Center invites you to their Open House on Saturday September 13 from 10am to 5pm with special guest performances by Providence Theatrical Ballroom & Jazz Project (alias PB&J) fresh from bringing down the house at Arts Alive's Waterfire Dance Concert. PB&J features ballroom, jazz and theatrical dance. At 11am and again at 1230pm, the main company, Diane Volante, Barry Lawton, Istvan Cserven and Nelia Lawton (PB&J's Director) will perform All That Dance and the PB&J Formation team will also perform.

Providence Performing Art Center
220 Weybosset Street
Providence RI
Phone: 401-421-2997
Other items of interest at the PPAC Open House are Krispy Kremes(!) at 9am (the schedule says come at 10am - for sure there will be no KK's by then), puppet shows, face painting, Awful Awful samples, a tour of the theatre, a concert with the Wurlizer organ. In addition recording artist and singer, Julie Garnet will bring her interactive upbeat kids concert to the PPAC stage. See http://www.ppacri.org for the schedule.

  • While Rhode Island students head back to school, 18 year old Barrington native Mary Ellen Beaudreau will be heading off to San Francisco to take advantage of an offer she could not refuse. This talented student has been offered a full scholarship to the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School for her full Senior year.

    Mary Ellen Beaudreau
    Photo by Thomas Nola-Ryan
    The young dancer came to the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education via the Spindle City Ballet School as a 13 year old. In the five ensuing years, Mary Ellen gradually increased her abilities to become a stunning dancer. She has been a scholarship recipient at the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education since 2000 and a member of the Festival Ballet Providence Junior Company member for the last three years.

    In the spring of 2001, after reaching the finals of the Youth American Grand Prix in New York, she was offered a full scholarship to attend Washington Ballet's Summer Intensive Program. This past spring she placed first in classical ballet and 3rd in contemporary dance at the regional finals of the Youth American Grand Prix in Torrington, CT, winning her a chance to compete in the finals in New York City. There she survived three cuts to finish in the top twenty dancers out of 120 from around the world in the Senior Grand Prix division.

    Her ambition to become a professional dancer led to auditioning and acceptance for San Francisco Ballet School's renowned 5-week summer program. Being one of the great ballet schools in the country, the summer program boasted 53 young men and over 150 young women, and rigorous Balanchine training. It was during that time that the Company's Artistic Director, Helgi Tomasson, observed her progress and invited her to become a full scholarship student for the upcoming year, with a partial stipend to cover some of her housing expenses.

    Mary Ellen will leave Rhode Island August 29th to begin her studies in San Francisco. She will dance six days a week, starting at 12:30 pm and finishing sometimes not until 8:00 pm after rehearsals. She will be in Level 8, the highest level in the school. Her room mate in the student housing will be a student from the Kirov Academy of Washington, DC. She will continue her academic studies as a senior at the Independence High School. Ms. Beaudreau noted that she and the other 19 girls in her class are required to take all classes on pointe. Boys classes are offered separately, with the exception of partnering class, every other day, when they all work together.

    During the academic year, she will have only 7 days off. The students gain experience dancing with the professional company in their 35-performance production of The Nutcracker. Performances take place in the ornate War Memorial Opera House, just across the street from the school. She will perform with classmates in a final spring performance as the culmination of the year of study. It will be attended by scouts from many of the best professional dance companies in the world, looking for new talent. Her ultimate goal is to graduate and find a job dancing for a company, ideally one in another country, so she can be exposed to a new experiences and perspectives.

    Mihailo Djuric, Festival Ballet Providence's Artistic Director is not surpised how well she has done. Four years ago, on hearing that she might quit dancing, Misha offered scholarship assistance to Mary Ellen based on her potential. He has never been sorry for that investment of time an money, and is thrilled to have been a part of her success.

    In a related story, East Greenwich native Erin Gildea will begin studies this September at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, one of the premire ballet academies in Canada. Ms. Gildea is a talented dancer who has been an advanced student at the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education and member of the Festival Ballet Providence Junior Company for the last two years.

    Ms. Gildea finished 4th grade in the East Greenwich school system, then attended the Hamilton School at Wheeler and then matriculated to The Wheeler school for the last three years. She received her early dance training in North Kingstown at Rhode Island Ballet Arts Academy with Nancy McAuliffe, and came to Festival Ballet Providence two years ago. She was drawn to the opportunities to train with more experienced dancers, and to dance with professional role models.

    At Festival Ballet Providence the highlight of her performing career was dancing the role of Clara in the Company's production of The Nutcracker at PPAC. She has danced in the corps de ballet in a number of the professional Company's productions, enjoying dancing in 'Winter' and as a Gold Lady in Cinderella, and finding the most difficult role to be that of a Wili in Giselle. She enjoyed the experience she gained two years ago competing in the Youth American Grand Prix. As a child Erin was diagnosed with dyslexia. That condition made her work even harder to achieve her current level of dancing. She was recently the focus on NBC10 of a Student of the Month profile.

    Ms. Gildea feels the experience at FBP that best prepared her was the level of professionalism at the School and Company. She found Winnipeg to be very strict, a place where rules are absolutely enforced. Festival Ballet Providence made the transition much easier than it might have been.

    Always serious and very focused on her dance career, Erin also spent the last four summers attending prestigious intensive summer dance programs including Walnut Hill School (5 weeks), National Ballet School of Canada (4 weeks), Pacific Northwest Ballet School (5 weeks), and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (4 weeks). It was this past summer at Winnipeg that she considered attending a year round ballet program. At the end of the summer program she was offered the opportunity to join the school's 5th level and will complete her studies at level 7 to receive a Ballet Certificate and be considered a finished dancer, ready for professional work.

    Erin will live in dormitory housing connected to the dance facility with 60 other boarding students. She will study ballet technique, Pointe, Partnering, Modern, and Spanish/Character 6 days a week from 8 am to noon, and rehearse in the late afternoon and evening. The year ends with exams in all classes, including dance classes. Students also perform as part of outreach to the Manitoba school system. She will finish her senior year of academic studies in the early afternoon at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate High School, five blocks from the dormitory. And there are still SAT's to take, just in case college becomes the next step.

    Erin is thrilled at the opportunity to study in Winnipeg where the student body is very international. Of course the Canadian cold is intimidating, and she will miss her friends and especially miss her dog Rosie. Nonetheless she looks forward to finishing her ballet training in such an excellent academy and finding a position dancing professionally with a company in Canada, the US or beyond.

    FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2003
  • Off The Curb will be performing at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day in Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York this Saturday (August 23) at 9am. This event is put on by the United States Tennis Association and is sponsored by AETNA. It is an incredible day of events and will kick off the start of the US Open. See http://www.usopen.org for more on who's performing and what's happening.

    FRIDAY AUGUST 15, 2003

  • On Friday, August 15, 2003, Dance Planet and Off The Curb will perform at the Andrea Rizzo Memorial Foundation 2nd Annual Cliff Walk which will benefit the The Andrea Rizzo Dance Therapy Foundation for pediatric and young adult cancer patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. For additional information call Katie Dugan 401-835-3064 or email sueri4661@aol.com.
    Rodgers Recreation Center
    Salve Regina University Campus
    Ochre Point Ave
    Newport, RI
    August 15 ,2003
    Time: 5pm
    Website: http://www.theandrearizzodancetherapyfoundation.com
  • Andrea Rizzo was a gifted dancer, who was teaching special ed in Narragansett Rhode Island, when she was killed by a drunk driver while returning from a dance concert in New York City. The Andrea Rizzo Dance Therapy Foundation was set up by Andrea's family in friends in memory of a young woman who had a dream. She dreamed of the day she would become a dance therapist and be able to give children with cancer and disabilities the gift of dance. With the support of many, we have been able to make this dream of hers a reality!

    "Andrea Rizzo had been treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in N.Y as a young child and had dreams of starting her own dance therapy program there after she had finished college and grad school. Her life was cut short but her passion for children and dance live on. With the determination from family and friends we were able to fulfill Drea's Dream!"

    TUESDAY 12 AUGUST, 2003
    Tap dancer and actor, Gregory Hines died of cancer in Los Angeles on Saturday August 2nd, 2003. He was only 57. One of the nation's top tap dancers, Mr Hines won a 1993 Tony for the musical, Jelly's Last Jam. And he was a mentor in the 1980s to the teenage tap-dancing sensation Savion Glover; they starred together in the film Tap (1989). Most recently, he has had a recurring role on Will and Grace and this past March, he appeared in the spring television series Lost at Home.
    "I don't remember not dancing," Hines said in a 2001 interview with The Associated Press. "When I realized I was alive and these were my parents, and I could walk and talk, I could dance."

    Hines became internationally known as part of a jazz tap duo with his brother, Maurice, and the two danced together in the musical revue, Eubie! in 1978. The brothers later performed together in Broadway's, Sophisticated Ladies, and on film in 1984's The Cotton Club.

    In The Cotton Club, Hines also had a lead acting role, which led to more work in film. He starred with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1985's White Nights and with Billy Crystal in 1986's Running Scared, and he appeared with Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in 1995's Waiting to Exhale, among other movies.

    Gregory Oliver Hines was born on February 14, 1946, in New York City. He has said his mother urged him and his older brother toward tap dancing because she wanted them to have a way out of the ghetto.

    Mr. Hines came from a family of showpeople. His paternal grandmother, Ora Hines, was a showgirl at Harlem's Cotton Club. His mother wanted her two sons, Gregory and Maurice, to emulate the success of the young dancing dynamos called the Nicholas Brothers.

    When he was a toddler his brother was already taking tap lessons and would come home and teach him steps. They began performing together when Gregory Hines was five, and they performed at the Apollo for two weeks when he was six. Gregory and Maurice reached Broadway in 1954 with small parts in the Sigmund Romberg-Leo Robin musical, The Girl in Pink Tights, starring the French ballerina Jeanmaire. Gregory played a shoe-shine boy, his brother was a newspaper hawker. Broadway tap choreographer Henry LeTang became the boys' coach, and they became a sensation around the globe, with Gregory doing the comedy to his brother's straight-man routine. To spend time with his sons, their father learned to play drums and became part of the act creating Hines, Hines and Dad. All three made appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. They also played such venues as the London Palladium.

    Through his family, he became well-connected with such dancing stars as Honi Coles, Sandman Sims and Teddy Hale at the Apollo Theater. He told The Washington Post that his own style, more improvisational than his brother's, was very much derived from Hale. He said Hale made each performance different -- and dazzling. "I could see this guy didn't have a routine, he just made it up as he went along," Mr. Hines said. "I was amazed. ... I thought to myself, 'This is what I want to do. I want to be Teddy Hale.' "

    In the late-1960s, the brothers had a falling out over the direction of the act. Hines wanted to perform to rock music and write his songs, and both realized that tap dancing had largely lost its popular appeal. "Tap had died, and we were doing lounge routines," Mr. Hines told the New York Daily News. "So I didn't dance for seven years. Didn't even own a pair of dance shoes." In 1973, the family act disbanded and Hines moved to Venice Beach.

    There was a time, he said, when he didn't want to dance. He was in his mid-20s, a hippie in a brief moment of rebellion, he said in 2001. Mr. Hines found himself drawn to the California counterculture and searched for some sort of spiritual awakening while working as a busboy, karate teacher and songwriter.

    "I felt that I didn't want to be in show business anymore. I felt that I wanted to be a farmer," he said with a laugh.

    Invited to work on a farm in upstate New York, he quickly learned a lesson. Beginning before dawn, "I was milking cows and shoveling terrible stuff and working all day. By the end of the day all I wanted was my tap shoes -- I thought, 'What am I doing? I better get back where I belong on the stage where we work at night and can sleep late!'"

    He returned to New York in 1978, partly to be near his daughter, Daria, who was living with Hines' first wife, dance teacher/therapist Patricia Panella. His brother, with whom he had reconciled, told him about an audition for the Broadway-bound, The Last Minstrel Show. He got the part, but the show opened and closed in Philadelphia.

    They both landed parts in Eubie!, which was being choreographed by their old mentor LeTang. The show ran for 439 performances.

    He was next on Broadway as Scrooge in Comin' Uptown, a musical-comedy version of A Christmas Carol set in Harlem. The show ended after 45 performances, with critics noting Mr. Hines's likeable persona did not necessarily suit Dickens' famously skinflint character. Still, the role earned him a Tony Award nomination for outstanding actor in a musical.

    Hines landed his first film role in the 1981 Mel Brooks comedy, History of the World Part I, in which he played a Roman slave as a last-minute replacement for Richard Pryor.

    In the 1980s, as his film career began, he returned to New York to choreograph revues such as Blues in the Night.

    His most fruitful work of that era was Sophisticated Ladies, which got off to a bad start when out of town critics panned its length and dull dialogue. Mr. Hines complained to the director and was fired; the cast rallied to Mr. Hines and the director was dismissed. The play was revamped as a more-intimate revue set in the Cotton Club heyday of the early Ellington band.

    He earned Tony nominations on Broadway in Eubie, Comin Uptown and Sophisticated Ladies and won a Tony for best actor in a musical playing jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly's Last Jam.

    Hines' has been nominated for a number of Emmy Awards, most recently in 2001 for his lead role in the mini-series, Bojangles. His PBS special, Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America, was nominated in 1989, and in 1982 he was nominated for his performance in I Love Liberty, a variety special saluting America.

    He also won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1999 for his work as the voice of Big Bill in the Bill Cosby animated TV series Little Bill and NAACP Image Awards for Bojangles and Running Scared.

    Dance critic, Clive Barnes wrote a memorial for the New York Post which you can see at www.nypost.com/commentary/2914.htm.

    SUNDAY 27 JULY, 2003
    AS220 115 Empire Street
    Downtown Providence, RI
    Sunday, July 27 at 8:00 pm
    (Doors open at 7:15 pm)
    Admission is free
    More information: Al Gomes at 401-274-4770 or email al@bignoisenow.com
    On-line directions: http://www.as220.org/access/directions.html
    Local Filmmakers Unite is a monthly forum for filmmmakers and those who love film to meet and view each other's work in a non-competitive environment.
    Carriage House students will show two films - Kribs and Matrix Unloaded - as well as three very short (30 seconds) shorts. All are visual deconstructions of pop culture movies, television and advertising. Students worked with their Everett teachers on all the stages of the project: planning, acting, cinematography/shooting, and editing.
    Other films to be shown on July 27 include:
    Cobra Snake For A Necktie
    Starring Bo Diddley and The Young Adults
    (Live at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel)
    Directed by Jim Wolpaw (Academy Award nominated director for the film
    Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date
    Produced by Rich Lupo
    (First Providence screening in 20 years)
    Big Nazo: Creatures In the Streets
    Directed by Erminio Pinque and Richard Goulis
    Young Neal & The Vipers Live At Chan's
    Directed by Diane Norte
    The Home Team Video - a comedy compilation
    featuring The Long-Lost Lionel Richie Jello Commercial,
    I Spry, The Hunted Hunter, and Gumby Finds A Plot
    Directed and Written by Mardo Atoyan,
    Carl DellaGrotta, Al Gomes, Tom Iacono, Mike Izzi,
    John Leahy, Debra Lopez, and Marco Zanelli
    A Trip to TRIAD Recording
    Directed by Rock 'N' New England
    Toledo Skye Music Videos
    Directed by Greg Brown
    CVS Highlander School student films

    WEDNESDAY 01 JULY, 2003

    Eleven Rhode Island choreographers will showcase their work at Island Moving Co's Two Steps Forward, a weekend of performances by emerging choreographers which opens the Company's annual Flight of Steps series at Fort Adams in Newport. Two programs of varied works will be presented on July 11 & 12, 2003, at 6:30 pm, with question and answer opportunities with the choreographers after each show.

    The Friday night performance of Two Steps Forward will open with Barbara Derecktor Donahue's explorations into the ancient art of belly dancing; a collaborative work by the dancers of Providence's Arabella Project; Ballston Rag by Laura Bennett; a solo on gravity to live music by Keith Munslow by Heidi Henderson; Elan for four dancers by Mary Gendreau; and a new trio to Edith Piaf songs by IMC Company member Eva Marie Pacheco. On Saturday night, the program will begin with the men's section from Alejandro Gomez's Patio Andaluz for the Island Moving Co. and continue with Reveries by Tovah Bodner; James Brown's work for eight dancers plus a children's cast; a solo by Melody Ruffin Ward plus a reprise of Laura Bennett's Ballston Rag, interspersed with three short solos by Nathan Andary. The Saturday evening performance will conclude with all the choreographers performing in the Parsons Etude, a montage of movement from the work of David Parsons. Parsons Etude is included in The Repertory Etudes Collection, directed and curated by the American Dance Legacy Institute.

    Three respected dance professionals: Iris Fanger, critic and dance historian; Daniel McCusker, choreographer and dance instructor at Tufts University and Holy Cross College; and Gus Solomons jr, New York writer, dancer and choreographer will critique each choreographer's work, offering invaluable perspective for an emerging dancemaker.

    For more information, check out Flight Of Steps 2003 or call 401 847-4470.

    THURSDAY JUNE 26 2003
    Re-Verse Live
    A spoken word, improv theater, open stage community performing arts event
    Featuring Professionals, students, any and all creative folk both local and national
    Friday June 27, 2003
    At the Carriage House Stage
    7 Duncan Avenue
    Doors open at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm
    Tickets $3.00
    Reservations not required, for info call 831-9479
    This is the last Re-Verse of the season kids, so make sure you come out!
    Also, make sure to check back in the fall for another season of performance movement and words from the people of Carriage House.

    The final Re-Verse of the season will feature special guest artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph from Oakland, California. This dynamic performer's act incorporates influences of politics, oral histories, rap, and American vernacular dance forms such as tap and hip hop. Joseph has been featured in Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Slam, and various shows on Broadway, and was on the 1999 National Poetry Slam championship team from San Francisco.

    Performances by local artists will include comedy improv games by resident artist troupe Everett Dance Theatre and the their teen artists; and a hip hop, spoken word theater piece by Sokeo Ros and Pedro Malave. The event will be hosted and include a performance by local emcee and spoken word poet Romen Rok.

    The lobby and performance space will serve as a visual arts gallery showcasing the work of several graffiti artists and photographers.

    As usual, the evening will feature an open stage/open mic for local artists of all mediums and disciplines: emcees, dancers, poets, actors, jugglers, singers, musicians, etc. Audience members are invited to read or perform their work on stage.

    Re-Verse is: art for everyone! Thank you to the money people:
    Funding provided in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts as part of the NEA regional touring program. The New England Foundation States touring program receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the State Arts Agencies of New England.

    This presentation of Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of a series of programs designed by the National Performance Network (NPN). NPN is an independent organization begun by Dance Theater Workshop and is comprised of arts organizations in 40 cities and 25 states. NPN is made possible through major funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For further information, visit the NPN website at www.npnweb.org or write: National Performance Network, P.O. Box 70435, New Orleans, LA 70172.

    TUESDAY JUNE 24, 2003
    Festival Ballet Providence Managing Director Lisa LaDew announces the award of an Access Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The award of $10,000 will be used to support an interactive educational performance designed to reach under-served elementary school children and their teachers throughout Rhode Island.

    The project, to be lead by Festival Ballet Providence Education Outreach Program Manager Marrie Hadfield, will encourage school children to learn about dance through Learning Through Dance, a program Ms. Hadfield has developed. The program introduces young students to the art of ballet, generates an appreciation for dance, and supports the core curriculum, particularly through literacy, in the elementary grades. The project dates are July 2003 to June 2004.

    This in-school interactive program includes: student participation; demonstrations of ballet technique; methods of communicating without words; a performance of excepts from the classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty; teacher-in-service sessions; classroom materials to support literacy; and student interaction with professional dancers. Each school is directly served by the Program Manager, five (5) professional dancers and one 8-10 year old student from the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education.

    Teachers receive resource packets of information on dance including: A brief history of Ballet; topics to generate discussion of dance; information on Festival Ballet Providence; theatre etiquette; glossary of ballet terms; illustration of ballet steps; notes on The Sleeping Beauty ballet and story by Charles Perrault; music notes on Peter Tchaikovsky and a selection of his music notation; art projects and activities tied to core academic subject requirements; pantomime activities; and evaluation forms.

    Schools benefiting from this program include Title I schools. These school children will also be invited to attend a fully staged performance of The Sleeping Beauty by Festival Ballet Providence in the spring of 2004. Pending additional funding, Festival Ballet Providence hopes to reach over 22,000 children in Kindergarten through 6th grade in under-served urban and rural Title I schools.

    Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric, a strong advocate of educating all youth about dance noted, "My desire to share the thrill of dance with young children across Rhode Island is a step closer to reality. This program will affect over 4,500 children throughout the state, and their teachers. My ultimate goal for this program? If only we can someday have the funding to reach all the school children in the state!"

    Lisa LaDew, Managing Director of Festival Ballet Providence is excited to have received the grant, saying "It is thrilling for the company to receive it's first NEA grant. The award means that Festival Ballet Providence is clearly on the national map of arts and cultural organizations, another step closer toward our goal of being a nationally recognized force in dance."

    For further details about Festival Ballet Providence outreach, or about the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education and the Festival Ballet Providence performance season, please call 401.353.112 or email info@festivalballet.com.

    This grant was preceded by a site-visit to the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education in August 2002 by Douglas Sontag, Dance Director of the National Endowment for the Arts.
    For further information about the NEA, see www.arts.endow.gov.

    SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2003
    Island Moving Co. presents works by ten choreographers at its Two Steps Forward, a weekend of performances by emerging choreographers which opens the Company's annual Flight of Steps series at Fort Adams in Newport. The festival, which takes place on July 11 and 12, 2003, will feature two programs of varied works, with question and answer opportunities with the choreographers. Miki Ohlsen, IMC Artistic Director, has invited independent choreographers working in or from Rhode Island to showcase their work and participate in activities designed to further their careers and promote new dance.

    Choreographers participating in Two Steps Forward include Nathan Andary, Arabella Project, Laura Bennett, Tovah Bodner, James Brown, Barbara Derecktor Donahue, Mary Gendreau, Heidi Henderson, Eva Marie Pacheco and Melody Ruffin Ward. The choreographers will each present one work in evening performances and will take part in master classes, performance in a Dance Legacy Project 'Etude' and a roundtable discussion about life as a choreographer with established choreographers and arts managers. Festival sponsor Red Bull Energy Drink has made possible the presence and participation of two respected dance critics: Iris Fanger, critic and dance historian and Gus Solomons jr, New York writer, dancer and choreographer. Fanger and Solomons will critique each choreographer's work, offering invaluable perspective for an emerging dancemaker.

    As part of Two Steps Forward, Michael Bolger, of the Island Moving Co. will create a new work for festival participants and festival choreographer Mary Gendreau will show a new dance made for the Island Moving Co. dancers. Festival participants will dance together onstage in the Dance Legacy Project's Parsons Etude, a montage of movement from the work of David Parsons. Participants and students of the Newport Academy of Ballet will learn the etude together during the weekend. All shows begin at 6:30pm.

    See riDance's FLIGHT OF STEPS 2003 page for more performance information.

    Tickets for all Flight of Steps performances are $15, $10 for children and seniors. Energy provided by Red Bull. Sponsors for Flight of Steps include WJAR Channel 10, FIRSTFED, Pride Mortgage and the Fort Adams Trust. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtTixRI.com.
    See riDance's FLIGHT OF STEPS 2003 page for more information on Flight of Steps.

    FRIDAY JUNE 6, 2003
    Husband and wife dancers Tatiana Berenova and Pavel Homko have reportedly left Festival Ballet citing lack of rehearsal time. Festival Ballet is known for it's well rehearsed dancers not just in its company performances but also in its school productions. Other sources suggest that the issues involved were not enough performance opportunities and the difficulty classically trained dancers have with more contemporary styles. Pavel has a spectacular dance presence with the demeanor of a young Nureyev and this last Spring, Tatiana was outstanding in the role of Cinderella in FB's eponymous ballet. Official FB sources say only that the two dancers will not be offered a contract for next year.

    TUESDAY MAY 20, 2003

    Detail of Chris Van Allsburg
    Festival Ballet Poster

    World renowned author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg has created a limited-edition signed and numbered art print in honor of Festival Ballet Providence's 25th Anniversary.

    The posters, created especially for Festival Ballet Providence, are all signed, numbered and dated by the artist, and are only available with a patron's gift of $2,000 or more to The Festival Ballet Providence 'Providence En Pointe' Capital Campaign. The campaign is designed to raise funds for Festival Ballet Providence's new home in Providence, enhancing the brilliance of its professional Dance Company, increasing the company's repertoire and performance schedule, and presenting creative and innovative new works. This is a rare opportunity to acquire Chris Van Allsburg's artwork, while helping one of the most dynamic artistic and educational institutions in the region.

    The winner of two Caldecott medals for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as many other distinguished awards for children's literature, Mr. Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and lives in Providence with his wife Lisa and their two children Sophia and Anna. His new book, Zathura, is now available in bookstores and the film version of The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks will be released in 2004.

    Mr. Van Allsburg noted, "Festival Ballet Providence is a wonderful institution, a resource for those who are interested in dance and want to learn, and also the home of an absolutely first rate performing company. I wanted to do what I could to encourage others to support 'Festival' and to celebrate its contribution to the arts in Rhode Island and beyond." According to Festival Ballet Providence Board President Don Wineburg, "This is a rare opportunity for collectors of Rhode Island artists to acquire a major piece by a Rhode Island treasure. I can't wait to get mine back from the framing store." For further details about purchasing this limited edition print, or about the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education and the Festival Ballet Providence performance season, please call 401.353.1129 or visit www.festivalballet.com.

    FRIDAY MAY 19, 2003
  • Dante Sciarra has been hired to dance in the new National Tour of Chicago and is in rehearsal as of May 19, 2003. The National Tour is booked to play at the Wang Center in Boston November 4 thru 9 so Dante fans will have a chance to see him perform. He's been very busy all over the country, but it's been awhile since he's done much anywhere nearby. For more information about the new National Tour, visit http://www.broadwayfocus.com/chicago3nt/schedule.html and http://www.chicagothemusical.com.
    For information about Chicago at the Wang, see http://www.wangcenter.org.

    FRIDAY MAY 09, 2003
    Fusionworks Dance Company has been invited to perform at the prestigious and historic 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City. They will present Moons of Rousseau, a dance by award winning choreographer and Artistic Director Deb Meunier, as part of the Fridays at Noon performance series on May 30, 2003.

    Moons has been seen locally as part of Fusionworks annual spring concert series and On the Corner of Art and Vine, in front of the beautiful backdrop of WaterFire. It has also been brought to audiences throughout the region and was chosen to represent all Rhode Island performing artists as part of the New England Artists Trust Congress in Woodstock, Vermont.

    For 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center information contact: Amy Kail (212) 415-5553
    For Fusionworks information contact: Stephanie Stanford (401) 334-3091.

    WEDNESDAY MAY 07, 2003
    Carriage House Theatre
    7 Duncan Ave
    Providence RI
    Date: May 20
    Time: 7pm
    Price: free
    Information: 401-831-9479
    Everett Dance Theatre performs Angel on My Shoulder as part of NAMI-RI's Spring Series that focuses on art and mental illness. Performed by Aaron and Rachael Jungels with live music by Alec Readfern and Margie Wienk, Angel on My Shoulder interweaves music, video and dance to portray the articulate yet haunting thoughts and feelings of a 13-year-old boy with bi-polar disorder. Jonnette Rodriguez of the Providence Phoenix writes, "Remarkable in his insight and self-awareness, this young teenager cuts straight to the heart of everyone's contemporary angst...Each of the boy's revelations/ruminations is immediately reflected in the movement...Chilling images, haunting wisdom from a child."

    In addition to accompanying Everett's performance, Alec Readfern and Margie Wienk will perform original works between readings - creating mood and room for thought. Donna Howard, Assistant Director of NAMI RI, will read The Mermaid and the Monster, a story about her adopted daughter who dreamed of being a mermaid while battling the internal monster of bi-polar disorder. Shannon Gray's A Perpetual Battle Inside Me reveals the agony of growing up a rebellious and a behavioral problem when an unidentified mood disorder is creating internal emotional chaos. A Life Worth Living: Excerpts from a Diary, read by Mary Pensak and written by her daughter Abbeliane Schiowitz, chronicles a journey from despair to hope. The evening culminates with an informal discussion between the performers and audience.

    WEDNESDAY MAY 07, 2003
    Fort Adams State Park
    Fort Adams Road
    Newport RI
    Time: 630pm
    Box Office: 401-847-4470
    Island Moving Co. returns to Newport's premiere cultural tourism spot with Flight of Steps 2003, presented on the parade ground of Fort Adams from July 11 through 26th, 2003. Newport's resident dance company will present six repertory dance concerts on the outdoor stage in Fort Adams, and will open the series with Two Steps Forward, a weekend of works by emerging choreographers from across New England. Audiences will be able to sample diverse dance works by many choreographers whose work is just beginning to be shown. The shared concerts, at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12th, will showcase choreographers chosen by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen. The weekend will include activities and creative interactions between the choreographers, fulfilling the Company's mission to present and promote new dance.

    The dancers of the Island Moving Co. will perform on July 18 & 19 and 23 thru 26th, dancing a changing repertoire of works created for the Company. Miki Ohlsen premieres a new work and the programs will include dances by Scott Putman, Colin Connor, Colleen Cavanaugh and Alejandro Gomez. All concerts begin at 6:30 pm. Tours of the Fort will be available and patrons are reminded to bring their picnics and seating for the lawn. Tickets are $15, $10 for children and seniors. Sponsors for Flight of Steps include WJAR Channel 10, Pride Mortgage and FIRSTFED. Energy provided by Red Bull. Discount packages and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.
    See riDance's FLIGHT OF STEPS 2003 page for more information on Flight of Steps.

    SATURDAY MAY 03, 2003
    To celebrate the culmination of its 25th Anniversary Season, Festival Ballet Providence is seeking former dancers for an alumni reunion on Saturday evening, May 3, 2003, immediately following its performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream and three world premiere dances at the VMA Arts & Cultural Center in Providence.

    A committee of Festival Ballet alumni and friends is seeking current addresses for former members of the dance company-including apprentices and junior company members as well as former staff and dancer family members interested in joining the celebration.

    The reunion is planned in conjunction with the performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was originally choreographed by Festival Ballet co-founder the late Christine Hennessy, and which is being set by her daughter and former company dancer Elizabeth Corey DeFanti, who now resides in New York City.

    For more details about Festival Ballet Providence's 25th Anniversary Season, please call 401-353-1129 or send e-mail to info@festivalballet.com.

    Festival Ballet Providence and GLAD WORKS are sponsoring a special reception Friday May 2nd for the opening night of Festival Ballet Providence's grand finale of its 25th Anniversary Season at VMA Arts & Cultural Center.

    Dubbed An Unforgettable Evening of Dance, the evening starts at 6:00 pm with a pre-performance reception of wine and hors d'oeuvres, and a sneak peak at the night's performers as they make their final preparations for the evening's production. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on select silent auction items.

    Guests will be seated in Center Orchestra seats for the 7:30 pm opening night performance of Christine Hennessy's A Midsummer Night Dream and Three Sizzling World Premieres by three of Rhode Island's most outstanding choreographers, Colleen Cavanaugh, Audrey Monahan, and Mihailo Djuric.

    Guests will complete the evening with a post-performance champagne and dessert reception with the Artistic Director, choreographers, composers and dancers. This is a rare opportunity to meet the evening's artists one-on-one.

    For A Dream You'll Never Forget - this reception will give attendees an unparalleled insider's view of A Midsummer Night's Dream and 3 Sizzling World Premieres.

    This exclusive event is limited to 150 guests. Price for this intimate evening at the ballet is $75 per person which includes prime performance seat, or $35 for the receptions only (if performance ticket has already been purchased). To purchase tickets call 401.353.1129 or visit www.festivalballet.com. See all about Festival Ballet's performance at Midsummer Night's Dream & Three Premieres.


    Friday April 25, 2003
    At the Carriage House Stage
    7 Duncan Avenue
    Doors open at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm
    Tickets $3.00
    Reservations not required, for info call 831-9479
    Headlining the popular Re-Verse series this month is Abe Henderson, a Dominican-American spoken word poet/actor originally from Providence, Rhode Island. This seasoned performer has shown work at The Kennedy Center in DC, and New World Theater at UMASS Amherst. Abe's writing, monologues and character sketches incorporate themes from the inner city and issues faced by first generation immigrants - including issues of race, class, poverty, education, and politics. He was recently awarded the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award of the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee.

    Performances by local artists will include comedy improv games by Carriage House's resident artist troupe Everett Dance Theatre and their student artists; emcee Paragon; a dance performance by RIC professor Melody Ruffin Ward; and the teen string ensemble of Community MusicWorks. The evening will also feature a cypher by Rhode Island breakdancers, and the lobby and performance space will serve as a visual arts gallery showcasing the work of several local graffiti artists and photographers from New Urban Arts. The event will be hosted and include a performance by local emcee and spoken word poet Romen Rok.

    As usual, the evening will feature an open stage/open mic for local artists of all mediums and disciplines. Audience members and performers in spoken word, theater, dance, improv, music and poetry are invited to read or perform their work.

    TUESDAY APRIL 15 2003
    The Island Moving Co., a contemporary ballet company based in Newport, RI, will return to New York with performances April 25 & 26 at 8 pm at the Joyce SoHo, at 155 Mercer Street. The Company premiered in New York last spring, when it presented new dances by Rick McCullough, Colin Connor, Carol Somers and Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, to appreciative notices, saluting it as a "trim little troupe, welcome for a return visit" (New York Times). will return to New York with performances April 25 & 26 at 8 pm at the Joyce SoHo, at 155 Mercer Street. The Company takes up an invitation from the Joyce SoHo to perform new works including the premiere of Remembering the Air Along the Forgotten Path by Scott Putman, Demeter's Tears by Colleen Cavanaugh and Miki Ohlsen's Outside the Box.

    Scott Putman was a finalist in the Island Moving Co.'s 2001 Choreographers Competition. He is a Chicago native currently on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the Artistic Director of Cerulean Dance Theatre. He has been investigating the parallel concepts of modern physics and eastern philosophy for the past three years. His dance collaboration with Melanie Richards will be premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in summer, 2003. He is the Artistic Director of Cerulean Dance Theatre and is currently collaborating with Melanie Richards on a work to be premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in summer, 2003. His new work for the Island Moving Co., Remembering the Air Along the Forgotten Path, will use seven dancers in a ballet set to music by the Rachels.

    Colleen Cavanaugh's work has been seen at Ballet Builders workshops presented by New Choreographers on Point in New York and at Dance on the Top Floor in Boston. She received the 1998 RI State Council on the Arts Choreographers Fellowship and for four years was Artistic Director of Cadence Dance Project. Colleen has choreographed four works for the Island Moving Co. Demeter's Tears, set to an original score by Michael Oboe Lee, is a New York premiere.

    Miki Ohlsen's Outside the Box premiered at the Island Moving Co.'s 1999 summer season in Newport, Rhode Island. Since then, it has become a signature piece for the Company, serving as the basis of a high school workshop with poets based on the concept of imagery. It had its roots in the Company's Teambuilding workshop, developed with professors at MIT's Sloan School of Management to address issues of leadership and teamwork. Its sculptural aluminum setpiece and Philip Glass score provide structure for what the Providence Phoenix called "a remarkable burst of invention." Miki Ohlsen has been Artistic Director of the Island Moving Co. for twenty one years. She has choreographed over 20 new works for the IMC and has commissioned almost 70 more, as well as musical scores and work by visual artists. Her work has been recognized by the Arts & Business Council of RI's Jabez Gorham Award for artistic excellence and she was named one of RI's Most Influential People by the Providence Phoenix in 2002.

    Island Moving Co. dancers for the New York performances include Michael Bolger, Danielle Genest, Alejandro Gomez, David Lawrence, Mary Beth Murphy, Eva Marie Pacheco and Rolando Troconis with guest Tatiana Obeso.

    Tickets to the Island Moving Co.'s Joyce SoHo performances are $15.00 and $12 for students and seniors. They are available by charge from the Island Moving Co. at 401 847-4470 or by calling the Joyce SoHo reservation line at 212 334-7479. The Joyce SoHo box office accepts checks and cash. For more information call the Island Moving Co.

    The creation of Joyce SoHo was made possible by the magnanimous support of the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust. Joyce SoHo is supported by private funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, J.P. Morgan Chase, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

    JUMP! is pleased to announce the arrival of what the company hopes will be an annual event: a collaboration between youth-based dance companies of differing styles and heritage working in Rhode Island. JUMP! has longed to work with other young dancers and the company was particularly eager to connect with artists from other cultures. "We want our dancers to deepen their understanding of dance and its place within the cultures represented in Rhode Island," states JUMP! Artistic Director, Mary Paula Hunter.

    To achieve this goal, Hunter and her Board of Directors conceived of this exciting and hopefully ongoing project, in which dancers from all different backgrounds would work on a collaborative work of choreography. In this first season of the Cross Cultural Collaborative Dance Project, JUMP! dancers are learning elements of Stepping from the John Hope Step by Step team and Polynesian Dance from Carolyn Castro's Napua O Polynesia dance troupe. In turn, JUMP! dancers are passing on their knowledge of modern dance and ballet as it combines to create exciting choreography.

    On April 6th, audiences will be treated to a concert, featuring this original, joint choreograpy and work from each troupe's repertory. In addition, each company will host workshops after the performance during which audience members will learn elements of each group's style and technique.

    "This is an exciting opportunity, not only for all of these dancers to reach beyond their own worlds and see the common links between all dance styles, but we hope that audience members will take advantage of this opportunity to experience these three distinct dance techniques during the workshops." Hunter is excited about what she sees during rehearsals, held in the basement of the Providence Public Library downtown. "The dancers are definitely challenged to assimilate new forms, and they are eager to teach what they know to their peers."

    The John Hope Step by Step team is lead by Step Master, Antiney Hubbard and along with Hunter from JUMP! and Carolyn Castro, Director of Napua O Polynesia, the Cross Cultural Dance Collaboration has gotten off to a great start. "We know a performance is coming up, and the kids are really committed to making this a unique and exciting event," Hunter said after rehearsal one Saturday afternoon.

    Join JUMP!, the John Hope Step by Step team, and Napua O Polynesia for the Cross Cultural Dance Collaboration on April 6 at 2 pm. This is fun family entertainment. Parking is ample at the Bishop McVinney Auditorium in downtown Providence. Kids and adults will love learning some dance after the performance, so put it on your calendar! For tickets or information, please call 421-5752. CROSS CULTURAL DANCE COLLABORATION, BISHOP MCVINNEY AUDITORIUM, APRIL 6, 2 PM. TICKETS: $5 adults, $3 children; For tickets or information, please call 421-5752.

    Friday February 28 2003
    At the Carriage House Stage
    7 Duncan Avenue
    Doors open at 7:30, performance begins at 8
    Tickets $3
    Reservations not required, for info call 831-9479
    Headlining the popular Re-Verse series this month is Regie Gibson, the 1998 National Poetry Slam Champion. Regie's work has been featured in the New Line Cinema film love jones, and has performed in the award winning Traffic Series at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, where he presented a piece adapted from the work of Kurt Vonnegut. Achy Obejas of the Chicago Tribune has said: "Gibson's got a swing in his walk, a swing in his stand, even there, with feet nailed to the floor. His voice is buttery, like rum, and as unafraid of the dark, guttural growl that might threaten as of the soft, feminine notes on the other end of the spectrum that might leave him exposed."

    Performances by local artists will include comedy improv games by Carriage House's resident artist troupe Everett Dance Theatre and their student artists; singer Ana Paula Monteiro; and the teen string ensemble of Community MusicWorks. The lobby and performance space will also serve as a visual arts gallery showcasing the work of several local graffiti artists and photographers from New Urban Arts. The event will be hosted and include a performance by local emcee Romen Rok of Funkbunker Fleet.

    As usual, the evening will feature an open stage/open mic for local artists of all mediums and disciplines. Audience members and performers in spoken word, theater, dance, improv, music and poetry are invited to read or perform their work.

    FRIDAY JANUARY 31 2003
    Re-Verse: Take One
    An open submission evening of short movies
    Friday January 31, 2003
    At the Carriage House Stage
    7 Duncan Avenue
    Doors open at 7:30pm, screenings begin at 8pm
    Tickets $3.00
    Reservations not required, for info call 831-9479
    Re-Verse: Take One is an evening of movies by local amateur and professional filmmakers and videographers. Following in the format of Re-Verse Live, the evening contains a wide array of idioms, ages, and disciplines. Some of the artists will be present to discuss or answer questions about their videos afterward.
    The evening will be comprised of a series of short movies by several local artists. Highlights include a music video by local emcee Romen Rok and Funkbunker Fleet, The Bionic Dogpeople of Ohio, by RISD videographer Holly Hey, and What Remains, a documentary by Everett Dance Theatre member Bravell Gracia Smith dealing with issues of identity, family, class, and growing up in Providence. Some videos from emerging artists and students of the Carriage House School will also be shown, including Maiker's Story, a video by Maiker Vang about emigrating from Laos, and a skate video by Justine Jungels Bevilacqua.
    Re-Verse is the last Friday of every month. For more info about submitting or performing, please call 831-9479 or email ebrownlow@everettdancetheatre.org.

    Prepare yourself for Island Moving Co.'s red hot Salsa Party with dance lessons at the Newport Academy of Ballet. Thursday nights January 16, 23 and 30th at 7pm, join international salsa instructor Sarah Chanel for a sizzling hour of group salsa moves, no partner required. Classes are $10 per class per person. Call Island Moving Co. at 401-847-4470 or arrive fifteen minutes early at the studio at 3 Charles Street, off Washington Square in Newport.

    Island Moving Co's Down & Dirty, Hot & Sexy party is Saturday, February 8th at The Elks Club at 141 Pelham Street, in Newport, RI. The evening begins with a salsa lesson from 8-9pm with salsa instructor Sarah Chanel. Dancing continues from 9pm to 1am with live music by Clave Logic. A cash bar is included. Decor is by Cindi Layton, creator of Island Moving Co.'s fabulous Ghouls Balls. The Elks Lodge is located at the corner of Bellevue and Pelham in Newport, RI.

    Ticket buyers can choose the $25 salsa ticket for dancing at the Elks Club or begin the evening by joining the dancers of the Island Moving Co. for a Latin buffet at the Salvation Cafe beginning at 6:30pm. For $60, patrons enjoy dinner, a complimentary rum drink and a red hot salsa demonstration by the dancers in Salvation's Tiki Bar. Tickets for all options are available in advance by calling the Island Moving Co. at 401 847-4470.

    Proceeds from this madcap Latin gala will support the Company's spring engagement in New York and the creative movement residency in the Middletown Schools. For information about the Island Moving Co. and to order tickets call 401-847-4470.

    FRIDAY JANUARY 17 2003
    A short story on the Island Moving Co. will be broadcast on Channel 10's Six O'Clock News on Monday, January 20th.

    The Island Moving Co. has received a third year grant for Capacity Building from the Rhode Island Foundation under its Arts Focus Area. The grant, for $18,000, partially supports salaries for the administrative and artistic staff of the company. In making the grant, the Directors of the Foundation were "impressed with the Company's longevity and commitment to make contemporary ballet more accessible to a broad public. In particular, the board is impressed by the partnerships forged with the Newport Preservation Society, Museum of Yachting and the Fort Adams Trust and its subsequent impact on economic development. The interdisciplinary collaboration with performance and visual artists, filmmakers, dance students and the public to create site-specific contemporary ballets for historic landmarks on Aquidneck Island, including The Elms, Rough Point, Ballard Park and Fort Adams is impressive because it not only exposes the public to the choreographic process but also enables them to dance."

    The Island Moving Co. will use the grant funds to strengthen its organizational structure. "The RI Foundation's support has been key to the Island Moving Co.'s growth in the past two years," says Company Executive Director Dominique Alfandre. "We are very proud that the Foundation has made a significant investment in the mission of this dance company. Support like this, which enables us to do our work and do it effectively, is rare and absolutely essential to a healthy performing arts community."

    Additionally, The Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island has announced recipients for its 13th Annual Arts & Business Awards showcasing Rhode Island artists and designers, and paying tribute to people and organizations that have had an enduring impact on Rhode Island's quality of life. Newport's Island Moving Co. was this year chosen to receive the Council's Jabez Gorham Award, which recognizes an outstanding arts/cultural organization for an unwavering commitment to excellence, community impact and success in organizational development. Miki Ohlsen, the Company's Artistic Director, will receive the award at the Encore Arts & Business Awards Dinner on Thursday evening, January 23, 2002 at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston.

    The Island Moving Co., which this year celebrates twenty years of presenting, creating and promoting new dance, has a long tradition of partnership with arts organizations throughout the region. The Arts & Business Council has worked with the Company in its organizational development for many years. Currently, the Company is working on a project with AB&C volunteer Anita Berger, who coincidentally will receive the Business Volunteer for the Arts of the Year Award at the January dinner.

    Patrons and friends are invited to attend the AB&C's 13th annual Encore Arts & Business Awards Dinner on Thursday evening, January 23, 2002 at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet. A special rate is offered to artists and staff members of arts organizations as well as BVA-Volunteers. For further information on the 2003 Encore Arts & Business Awards Dinner, please contact Peter Bramante, executive director at 401-521-5000.


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