Island Moving Co, Newport’s contemporary ballet company, will make its premiere at the beautiful Vets Memorial Auditorium at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  Now in its 34th season, IMC has performed on tour and regularly in Newport but has never performed a full evening at the Vets.  For this evening, entitled “Moment to Moment,” Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen has programmed two premieres and an evening performed entirely to live music.  The program includes IMC premieres choreographed by Bill Evans and Mark Harootian.  Tickets are on sale at the Vets Box Office.

“Moment to Moment” will include two works choreographed by Ohlsen: her dramatic trio, Ruth…Less and La Tierra Giro, which premiered at Rosecliff in 2015 with composer Kevin Volans playing his score live at the performance.  The program also includes Everything is Closer Than It Appears by Colin Connor.  Connor, who was recently named Artistic Director of the Jose Limon Dance Company, has choreographed six pieces for the Company.  The dance is set to Schubert’s String Quartet #14 which will be performed, along with the rest of the program, by musicians from throughout Rhode Island, assembled by cellist Adrienne Taylor, resident musician at Community MusicWorks.

Island Moving Co. will premiere a work by noted choreographer Bill Evans, For Nana, with an original score by Claudia Queen.  Evans, who recently moved to Providence, has been a prolific choreographer and performer since the ‘70’s, when his company, Bill Evans Dance, was one of the busiest touring companies in the country.  He has performed with numerous ballet, modern dance and tap companies and now teaches at Dean College in Massachusetts and at his own Summer Institute of Dance in New York.

Mark Harootian, a former Festival Ballet dancer, has choreographed several works for Island Moving Co. and has been working as Ballet Master for the Company upon his return from a year abroad.  He will be making a new piece for three of the Company’s dancers, details of which are to be decided.

“Moment to Moment” immediately precedes Island Moving Co.’s tour to the Republic of Kazakhstan.  The Company leaves for a two week tour on April 24th under the sponsorship of the US Embassy and Consulate, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of US/Kazakhstan relations.  The Company will perform in Astana, Almaty and Shymkent.  For more information about the Island Moving Co.’s 34th season, visit

Tickets to “Moment to Moment” are available at the Vets Box Office, online and by phone at (401) 421.ARTS (2787).

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