Rhode Island
Dance Festival
September 20 to 24, 2006
Island Moving Co. Announces line-up for September's
Open for Dancing Festival of site specific art and dance
Open for Dancing - Dancers from the community perform Doris Dreams in 2004 at Rough Point choreographed by Jim Coleman & Terese Freedman. Newport, RI
Photo: Alexander Nesbitt

Newport's Island Moving Co. will present Open for Dancing, its third biennial festival of site specific art and dance, from September 20-24, 2006. The festival offers participants from the community a chance to be a part of original dance works created by nationally recognized artists at stunning landscapes throughout Newport, RI.

This September, Island Moving Co. and festival participants will work with choreographers Andrea Haenggi of New York, Joanna Haigood of San Francisco, Brian Jones of Rhode Island, and Michael Bolger of Providence. More than 100 participants will work with these artists for three days and perform in the newly created dances on September 23 & 24th. Anyone can participate in Open for Dancing, regardless of previous dance experience.

Open for Dancing 2006
Choreographer Joanna Haigood
Renowned for her explorations of place through historical and emotional contexts, choreographer Joanna Haigood has chosen Naval Station Newport as her site, creating a dance set in the area in front of the historic aircraft carriers USS Saratoga (CVA 60) and USS Forrestal (CVA 58). Navy Band Northeast will perform the music accompanying Haigood's piece. Haigood invites members of the Newport Navy community to be the principle dancers in her performance. (Island Moving Co. has waived the participation fee for the military.) Haigood will be using a theme of separation and departure, so appropriate to Newport as an historic port and also to life for Navy families.

Her San Francisco-based company, Zaccho Dance Theatre, is one of a handful of companies focused on site specific dance, and Ms Haigood has been commissioned by such leading arts presenters as Dancing in the Streets (NY); Jacob's Pillow (MA) and the Festival d'Avignon (France).

Swiss-born and New York-based choreographer/visual artist Andrea Haenggi is known for her inventive and evocative site-specific "visual motion constructions". Her piece for Open for Dancing is a post-pop-art happening. Reckless couples swirl around slow motion tennis players while the ball boys and girls slither under the nets. A surrealistic tableau in Newport's historic International Tennis Hall of Fame, Haenggi's work will involve community members as well as the Island Moving Co. dancers. Her collaborating artist is Alexandra Marculewicz, a vocalist and composer.

Open for Dancing 2006
Choreographer Andrea Haenggi
Haenggi's dance company, AMDaT, has toured to Russia, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, and Switzerland In the U.S., Haenggi's work has ranged from a performance installation in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) to a site specific performance in the atriums at the World Financial Center in New York. Haenggi's upcoming schedule includes a new work commissioned by Dance Theatre Workshop for the fall of 2006.

Michael Bolger has been dancing and choreographing with the Island Moving Co. since 1986. His 2001 work, Moving Through Paradise, for the Norman Bird Sanctuary, marked the beginning of the Company's interest in site specific choreography. Since then, Michael has choreographed Fountain Dance, commissioned by the International Convergence Festival in Providence, and Bell Dance, for Open for Dancing 2004. With Eva Marie Pacheco and Miki Ohlsen, Michael created the Company's groundbreaking site specific Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, set in the rooms of Newport's Gatsby mansion.

Michael will be working with Jim Nave, performance poet and drummer Michael DeQuattro at the Malbone Estate, a privately owned property boasting a semi-restored 18th century garden landscape.

Open for Dancing 2006
Choreographer Brian Jones
Photo: David Perluck
Dancing and singing professionally since 1975, Brian Jones is Rhode Island's premiere tap dancer. As founder, artistic director, and participant in the Brian Jones All-Tap Revue, he created a tap dance venue that has rarely been equaled captivating its audience with song, story, and humor. In 2000 he and Susan Boyce (his song-and-dance partner of many years) swing danced in Trinity Rep's production of Bridget Carpenter's Fall.

At OFD, he will combine traditional tap moves with hip hop rhythms created for the docks of Newport (and any other wooden surface he finds lying about). Community participants interested in working with Brian should have intermediate tap skills and be able to easily accomplish an intermediate level time step.

Participation in Open for Dancing is open to all, regardless of skill. The fee for participants, which includes master classes, discussions and events as well as the creation of a unique site specific dance, is $150. Student discounts are available as well as group discounts for schools and other organizations. Open for Dancing runs from September 20-22 in rehearsal; performances, three each day of each piece, are September 23 & 24th.

Tickets to the performances are $10; admission to Naval Station Newport is free; trolley transportation and tickets to all three sites is $25. Parking can be problematic at the sites, so the trolley option is recommended. Tickets are available at www.arttixri.com and information is at www.islandmovingco.org. Open for Dancing is supported by the LEF Foundation and media sponsors Newport Daily News and NBC10.

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New York City's Dancing in the Streets has similarities to Open For Dancing. It, too, is based on the creation of site-specifc dance. One of this year's OFD choreographers, Joanna Haigood, was in last years DIS, while one of this year's DIS choreographers, Noemie Lafrance, was in last year's OFD. (Read this article soon, it's only available for a few weeks)
Quick Time clips from Open For Dance 2004 - From Video & Vision

Island Moving Company's 'Open For Dancing', a celebration of Newport, RI's historic landscapes through dance - a video production filmed by Video & Vision, specializing in dance videography. This highlight video has been edited from its original form. (5th up from the bottom of page)

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