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Mesmerizing moves

Island Moving Co.'s annual 'Friends' fest
Island Moving Co., Newport’s contemporary ballet company, has always been adventurous.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2014


Emotion in motion

Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'
When Festival Ballet Providence started their in-studio series, “Up Close On Hope,” more than 10 years ago, the vision was to give up-and-coming choreographers and dancers a stage less overwhelming and more intimate on which to find their footing.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2014


A sound approach

Mark Morris discusses his dance group
When the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group takes the stage at the Vets this Saturday at 8 pm, the audience will get a lot more than just the expressive movement of dance.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2014


The evangelist of tap

Savion Glover's engaging new "STePz"
“Tap dance has been around since air,” Glover says, “and I want to bring more awareness and seriousness to the art form."
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2014


Lasting impressions

Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'
In the current “Up Close On Hope” series at Festival Ballet Providence, there are two stunning and emotion-drenched pieces that are an excellent example of what dance can do.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 06, 2013


An incredible journey

FirstWorks presents Cirque Éloize's dazzling 'Cirkopolis'
With renewed appreciation of circus performers in the ’70s (Big Apple Circus) and the elevation of circus skills to artistic performance (Cirque du Soleil), many incarnations of circuses and cirques have followed.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2013


Fall Arts Preview: Making a connection

Aerplaye's debut; plus, a wide range of evocative moves
Some say it’s the convergence of an Ivy League and a design school; some say it’s the cross-fertilization of students, faculty, and community members. Whatever the source, Rhode Island has long held the distinction of being the state with the highest number of artists per capita.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 16, 2013


Such good friends

Island Moving Co.'s annual dance festival
For a small non-profit dance company, collaboration with other dance organizations can take many forms, such as sharing dancers, choreographers, or venues. Newport’s Island Moving Co. has gone one step farther by inviting whole companies to their annual Great Friends Dance Festival.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2013


A tangled web

Paula Hunter's 'Away From Home'
In an ongoing series of monologues that began with Paula Hunter's Home Alone more than five years ago, this comic commentator on life as she (and we) know it is currently presenting Away From Home.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2013


Spring in their steps

Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'
Festival Ballet Providence's Up Close On Hope can be counted on to present new works and to spotlight new company members.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2013


World-class troupes and local treasures

Cool moves
Rhode Island has been graced with many fine home-grown dance companies over the years.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 26, 2012


Festival Ballet’s ‘Up Close, On Hope’

New moves
Festival Ballet Providence's intimate in-studio performances, Up Close on Hope, have always offered full and varied programs of short works by local and guest choreographers, many of them new to Rhode Island audiences (and/or their work is new).
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 24, 2012


Dracula's new digs

Plus, Fusionworks turns 25, and a world of exotic moves
Take a quick glance at the fall calendar for performance events and you'll see there's a whole lotta dancin' goin' on!
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2012


Fusionworks presents the Next Generation

Youth movement
Hopping on the theme of local resources, Fusionworks Dance Company has spotlighted homegrown dancers and Rhode Island-based choreographers in recent spring concerts.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 24, 2012


Bill T. Jones keeps it moving in Story/Time

70 minutes, 70 tales
Over the course of his almost 40-year career, choreographer Bill T. Jones has often told stories in his dance pieces.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 07, 2012


Getting up close at Festival Ballet

Intimate moments
Festival Ballet Providence's second Up Close on Hope series this season began last weekend and continues February 24-25 and March 2-3.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 22, 2012


Fusionworks unveils its new moves

Viva la difference!
Once again abiding by their motto — "Different is good " — Fusionworks Dance Company has engaged two guest choreographers, in addition to artistic director/choreographer Deb Meunier, for their Fall Concert Series at Rhode Island College on November 18 and 19.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 15, 2011

Momix’s Moses Pendleton on Botanica

Movement and illusion
You may have seen Momix dancers on a Hanes or Target commercial during the Golden Globes last spring.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 25, 2011


Local favorites and international attractions

All the right moves
Despite the hard times that most arts organizations are facing in today's economic circumstances, the dance performance calendar for this fall seems full indeed.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2011
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