- delivers transformative experiences through high quality, intimate live performances,
- offers engaging educational programs to spark new ways of learning,
- hosts Newport's only professional dance school - Newport Academy of Ballet - offering classes for students age 3 to adult
The Company's primary mission remains to provide a platform for the development and performance of new choreography. The Company has commissioned over 70 new dances, from modern and contemporary ballet choreographers. Over a dozen musical scores have been commissioned and the Company has collaborated with visual artists, actors and poets on original productions presented as part of our main-stage and Family Series productions. The Company works extensively with area schools through both in-school and after-school programing, interacting with over 5,000 children each year throughout RI and MA.
IMC’s 12 professional dancers are remarkable for their intelligence and adventurous spirit. In recent years, the dancers have worked with 20 choreographers and premiered work in Newport, Boston, Providence, New York and Los Angeles as well as international tours to Kazakhstan and Italy. Lewis Segal of the LA Times observed, “Island Moving Co. secured its reputation for fusing conceptual risk with technical prowess.” In New York, Attitude Magazine called IMC “a refreshing combination of grassroots camaraderie and big city technique…a group of working dancers going for broke.”
The company has received numerous grants and commissions from individuals and foundations including the National Endowment for The Arts, NEFA, Meet the Composer, the US Consulate for Kazakhstan & Italy and the RI State Council on the Arts.
In addition to its main-stage productions, IMC is known for its site-specific and adaptive staging of performances in iconic and non-traditional settings such as Belcourt Castle, Rosecliff Mansion and the Tall Ship- H/V Oliver Hazzard Perry.