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Nov
27
Sun
Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Nov 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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Intermediate Ballet w/ Stephanie Albanese @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Nov 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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Nov
28
Mon
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance with Shannon Norquist// Mondays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

The Intermediate/Advanced Modern class will focus on movement that has been informed by the many voices of my artistic journey.  Among the loudest voices are Della Cowall, Stephanie Stanford-Shaw, Deb Meunier, Betsy Miller and Jessika Davis.  Dance should accomplish a few discrete objectives:  Beauty, Community and Strength.  Class will move toward these goals through traditional modern dance floorwork, phrases and travelling in space as well as improvisational techniques.  My hope is that dancers will leave the studio feeling greater beauty, strength and a deeper sense of connectedness to a community, perhaps even to their own stories.

Nov
29
Tue
Hatha Yoga w/ Angie Hartley @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hatha Yoga with Angie Hartley // Tuesdays @ 5:30-6:30pm // $5 drop-in

This Hatha style yoga class aims to engage a community through open-level group practice.  Student practitioners should expect to receive clear and specific physical cues, while being encouraged to reach beyond a purely physical experience.  The theme of compassionate self-awareness will be woven into each class, building community through understanding and acceptance of the self.

Photo on 9-1-15 at 12.25 PMAngie Hartley is a yoga practioner, dancer, choreographer and teacher.  She received her BA from Keene State College in Theater and Dance and has since showed work and performed at the American Dance Festival, and in Boston, Providence and South Korea. She is certified to teach elementary school in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu School of Yoga.  She is thrilled to share embodied awareness with movers of all abilities and backgrounds.

Open Life Drawing @ AS220
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open Life Drawing – Drop-in: 6pm-8:30pm – $7
Bring your own drawing materials, we supply seats and model.

We are always looking for new models, please inquire at: lifedrawing@as220.org

Intermediate Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet // Tuesdays @ 7-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create both clarity and expressivity in your dancing.

Betsy MillerBetsy Miller is a dance artist and educator currently based in Providence, RI. She has trained in the Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD, and Bournonville styles, and combines elements of each along with a somatic approach to ballet.  Her choreography has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas, and she has received funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Ohio State University. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Fusionworks Company and shove gently dance, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Doug Varone, Pascal Rioult, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Rachel Boggia, Stephanie Turner, and Deb Meunier. Betsy serves as the Dance Coordinator of AS220. She is on faculty at Providence College, Dean College, and AS220, and regularly teaches as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.

 

 

The Beardogz, Little Known Alien, and Walrussia @ AS220 Main Stage
Nov 29 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 30 @ 1:00 am

THE BEARDOGZ:

the Beardogz are a relatively new alternative/folk band from Northern RI. With musical backgrounds ranging from studies at the Berklee College of Music to long hours spent emulating the sounds of Van Morrisson and Joni Mitchell, each member of this dynamic group brings his own unique influence to the band, creating a fresh, 21st century take on folk.

LITTLE KNOWN ALIEN:

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String Powered Hard Rock. Bringing the violin and cello out of the concert hall since 2014, Little Known Alien creates their brand of instrumental rock using extended-range electric violin and cello, and have been winning fans with their energetic live shows in the Providence area after releasing their debut album, Little Known EP.

After performing locally, Little Known Alien has garnered support from area musicians and critics. Licks and a Promise was impressed enough to break with their primary focus of guitar-based bands to praise the group, “One of the opening acts was the unique electric violin-based local trio Little Known Alien. While Licks & a Promise is focused on guitar-based music, we feel that these guys are too good to ignore simply because there isn’t a guitar in the band.” Bill Ferri, formerly with local group Psychedelic Clowncar had this to say before the group’s first show: “Accompanying us on this explosive night, will be the menacing sounds of our good friends, LITTLE KNOWN ALIEN, a string trio of doom, born out of pure electric hellfire. Listen to this lineup: 7-string violin, 6-string cello and the driving, pulsing and earth shaking rhythms of the one and only, Mr. Kurtis Bento.”

WALRUSSIA:

Walrussia sounds like the grand opening of a Linens and Things

Nov
30
Wed
Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunchtime Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore // Wednesdays @ 12-1pm // only $5 per class! A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.

Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.

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Words of Hope @ AS220 Main Stage
Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Words of hope is an open mic poetry slam for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. Often survivors hold their pain inside and never express what they went through to the outside world. Expression can be healing. Many people never suspect that this could happen to them, someone they love, or even someone they pass by. This event will raise awareness in the community that these things do happen to the people around us. There will be a white curtain hung on the stage with a light behind it for those who are not comfortable with showing their face. Survivors are stronger than they even know. We can make a difference!

Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with Katie McNamara & Olase Freeman// Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

04_FleetingThoughts_4OlaseJessicaOlase Freeman (BA Wesleyan University 1994, MFA UWM 2011) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara.  A partial list of the companies he has worked with include the Richard Bull Dance Theater, Jane Comfort & Co., Creach/Dance, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, and Leah Stein Dance Company.  Olase’s choreographic work has been performed in such diverse venues as The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, Link’s Hall (Chicago), the Cunningham Studio, Joyce/Soho, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill (Long Island University), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2002), as well as RIIPN/Cheek-to-Cheek and American Dance Legacy Institute (Brown University).  As a teacher, in addition to being on faculty of Rhode Island College from 2008-2010, as well as Muhlenberg College in 2011-2012, Olase has conducted residencies and taught classes at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, Western Wyoming Community College, the DanceCenter at Columbia College (Chicago), SUNY Brockport, Hobart/William Smith College, Link’s Hall (Chicago), CalState San Marcos, Sushi Performance Inc. (San Diego), Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, (Seattle, WA), and University of Montana, Missoula.

KatieMcNamara2Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Way Back, Where’s Mary, and The Legendary Brewmasters @ AS220 Main Stage
Nov 30 @ 9:00 pm – Dec 1 @ 1:00 am

Where’s Mary:

psychedelic/ jam band from Rhode Island officially making their way into the light.

 

Dec
1
Thu
Prime Action @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Prime Action // Thursdays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Prime Action is a contemporary form based in African Diasporic and modern dance traditions that work towards enlivening a presence of be-ing in the body. The class incorporates floor work to develop an agile and responsive central column through the activation and articulation of the pelvis, torso (spine/rib cage), neck and head. Standing center focuses on the coordination and strengthening of the extremities with exercises for the hands and arms, legs and feet. Traveling work integrates various elements of floor and center work with progressive movements, phrases, and improvisational explorations. Finally, Phrase work brings together all technical components into choreographic phrase work that encourages mind/body/spirit expressivity.

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play” @ AS220's Blackbox
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents "Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play" @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play, December 1-4. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 at 95 Empire Street in downtown Providence. There will be a talkback following the Sunday performance. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.  The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville by unleashing their creative voices through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ plays to the stage.

Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play is the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s TAG TEAM program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten 5th grade playwrights will collaborate on a play about bicycling, community building and social history.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Recycle-A-Bike and the Woonasquatucket Rivershed Watershed Council to learn bike safety, took bike tours along the Woony River, and became more confident riders. We also partnered with Sarah Zurier from the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission to learn about the ways bikes have influenced social movements. The resulting production will be directed by MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan, and star local adult theatre artists Beth Alianiello, Danny Brundage, Jess Halpin, Shawn Fennell, Nicole Maynard, and Jenny Sanchez.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present Pedal Power: the Bike Play! This process has been quite collaborative, and challenged MAP’s young playwrights to devise one play together as a team. This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class, where we took bike rides, discussed how biking makes us feel, and learned about the important ways bikes have empowered people and communities throughout history,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “As a team, the class is coming up with the story and the characters, and each child will write one scene or part of a full-length play. Our goal is to show young people in Olneyville the value of their voices and, through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, help them reach their full potential as creative thinkers and community leaders.”

This is the first production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2016-2017 season, which is supported by a grant from June Rockwell Levy Foundation, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door and will be available on Eventbrite.

For more information, go to: http://mantonavenueproject.org

 

Free Speech Thursdays Presents: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220 Main Stage
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Welcome to the Providence Poetry Slam! Our shows are at AS220 (115 Empire St.) on the first and third Thursday of every month (except August). Sign-up at 7:15, show starts at 8pm sharp! Don’t be late!
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FIRST THURSDAYS: All-ages slam, feature, and open mic. $5 admission.
THIRD THURSDAYS: Youth slam (Sept—May), feature, and open mic. $5 admission. ($1 for 19 and under)

FREE YOUTH WRITING WORKSHOPS!
First and third Thursdays at 6pm at New Urban Arts (705 Westminster)
(Oct-May)
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CONTACT: muggs@provslam.org or charlotte@provslam.org

Dec
2
Fri
Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open Level Contemporary African Dance w/ Mekbul J. Tahir// Fridays @ 6:30-7:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6-class package

The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. Based on traditional African dance (especially Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release, and Graham technique), the philosophy of this technique is about identity: placing yourself inside the community and nature, and being aware of your own body. The technique respects every different body, and addresses life and the connection between human being and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundaments of the spirit of the technique.

NT4L36991Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play” @ AS220's Blackbox
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents "Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play" @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play, December 1-4. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 at 95 Empire Street in downtown Providence. There will be a talkback following the Sunday performance. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.  The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville by unleashing their creative voices through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ plays to the stage.

Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play is the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s TAG TEAM program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten 5th grade playwrights will collaborate on a play about bicycling, community building and social history.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Recycle-A-Bike and the Woonasquatucket Rivershed Watershed Council to learn bike safety, took bike tours along the Woony River, and became more confident riders. We also partnered with Sarah Zurier from the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission to learn about the ways bikes have influenced social movements. The resulting production will be directed by MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan, and star local adult theatre artists Beth Alianiello, Danny Brundage, Jess Halpin, Shawn Fennell, Nicole Maynard, and Jenny Sanchez.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present Pedal Power: the Bike Play! This process has been quite collaborative, and challenged MAP’s young playwrights to devise one play together as a team. This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class, where we took bike rides, discussed how biking makes us feel, and learned about the important ways bikes have empowered people and communities throughout history,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “As a team, the class is coming up with the story and the characters, and each child will write one scene or part of a full-length play. Our goal is to show young people in Olneyville the value of their voices and, through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, help them reach their full potential as creative thinkers and community leaders.”

This is the first production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2016-2017 season, which is supported by a grant from June Rockwell Levy Foundation, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door and will be available on Eventbrite.

For more information, go to: http://mantonavenueproject.org

 

IS THIS JAZZ?: Ben Shaw Quartet, Rallidae at AS220 @ AS220 Main Stage
Dec 2 @ 8:30 pm – Dec 3 @ 12:00 am
Our last show of the year takes place on December 2nd and will sure to close out another killer season in a spectacular way. Headlining the night will be Rallidae, an intimate and unconventional vocal group founded by composer and saxophonist Angela Morris. Combining songs and improvisation, Rallidae inhabits the increasingly populated sonic space between avant-indie and avant-jazz. Their 2014 EP “Paper Birds” was praised as “combining strong melodies and narratives… a genuinely distinctive, and entertaining, combination of sounds and words. “Paper Birds” is an exceptional debut from an exciting and innovative new band.” (All About Jazz). The mostly Brookyln-based group features guitarist Dustin Carlson, bassist Scott Colberg, Angela Morris on tenor saxophone and voice, and the Toronto-based vocalist Alex Samaras (Meredith Monk, Tanya Tagaq). This December they tour the east coast and Canada in support of their first full-length album “Turned, and Was.” Opening the night will be a quartet of local players lead by composer and saxophonist Ben Shaw. They will be focusing on some new material Shaw has been writing as a reaction to his study of and fascinations with various American folk forms such as jazz, gospel, and blues. Joining him will be fantastic local musicians Joseph Godfrey on piano, Sam Kurzontkowski on bass, and Paul DiMartino on drums.
Music kicks at 9pm with admission being a mere $10. Come on out and celebrate another year of  great music!
Live Bait: Finger @ 95 Empire Black Box
Dec 2 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

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Have you broken a finger? Been fingered? Gave or given the finger? Found guilty of the Five Finger Discount? If you have a true story that in any way, shape or form fits December’s theme, “Finger,” you absolutely must come to Live Bait, put your name in the fishbowl and, when your name is called, tell it.

Remember: no notes, no rants, no stand-up routines, and there is a six-minute time limit. Of course, all are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen.

Live Bait is hosted by Phil Goldman, with banter, musical accompaniment and monthly theme song by Jerry “The Professor” Gregoire.

LIVE BAIT: TRUE STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE

10:00pm Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box,

95 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information

Dec
3
Sat
Saturday Switch Series @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday Switch Series offers instruction in workshop-based setting from a rotating roster of guest artists.

Time: 10-12pm

Cost: $15 per class

December 3rd:

Bill Evans, Evans Laban/Bartenieff Based Dance Technique

(Director, The Bill Evans Dance Company)

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Bill Evans is the creator of a dance technique based on Laban Bartenieff Movement Studies that has been studied by thousands of dancers over the past several decades. He is professor emeritus at the College at Brockport, State University of New York and distinguished professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico. The Bill Evans Dance Company was founded in 1975. It has appeared in all 50 states, throughout Mexico and Canada, and in 24 other countries. Evans has served on the faculties and BEDCO has performed at the American Dance Festival, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Spoleto Festival and many international dance festivals in Latin America, Europe and Australia. Evans danced, choreographed and served as artistic coordinator with Repertory Dance Theatre, 1967 – 74, and recently created a new work for RDT’s 50th anniversary. He was formerly artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and has served as a permanent guest artist at WCD School since 1993. He was awarded the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship for 2016. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Dance Education Organization, American Dance Guild and Dance Teacher Magazine and an honorary doctorate from the Cornish College of the Arts. He received the second Outstanding Service Award ever bestowed by the National High School Dance Festival and was the third recipient of the Honorary Member Award by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. He was named National Dance Association Scholar Artist in 1997. He has served on the boards of NDA, NDEO and American College Dance Association. He was named one of three favorite world tap dancers in the Dance Magazine Readers’ Poll. His book, Reminiscences of a Dancing Man, is available through his website: www.billevansdance.org

Description of class:

Evans will share a master class in the Evans Laban/Bartenieff Based Dance Technique. The class will be appropriate for intermediate and advanced dancers and will investigate movement efficiency and expressivity through set choreography and guided improvisation.

Upcoming Workshop(s):

17th: Shawn Hove, Modern Technique (Director, shove gently dance/theater)

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play” @ AS220's Blackbox
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents "Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play" @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play, December 1-4. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 at 95 Empire Street in downtown Providence. There will be a talkback following the Sunday performance. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.  The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville by unleashing their creative voices through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ plays to the stage.

Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play is the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s TAG TEAM program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten 5th grade playwrights will collaborate on a play about bicycling, community building and social history.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Recycle-A-Bike and the Woonasquatucket Rivershed Watershed Council to learn bike safety, took bike tours along the Woony River, and became more confident riders. We also partnered with Sarah Zurier from the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission to learn about the ways bikes have influenced social movements. The resulting production will be directed by MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan, and star local adult theatre artists Beth Alianiello, Danny Brundage, Jess Halpin, Shawn Fennell, Nicole Maynard, and Jenny Sanchez.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present Pedal Power: the Bike Play! This process has been quite collaborative, and challenged MAP’s young playwrights to devise one play together as a team. This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class, where we took bike rides, discussed how biking makes us feel, and learned about the important ways bikes have empowered people and communities throughout history,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “As a team, the class is coming up with the story and the characters, and each child will write one scene or part of a full-length play. Our goal is to show young people in Olneyville the value of their voices and, through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, help them reach their full potential as creative thinkers and community leaders.”

This is the first production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2016-2017 season, which is supported by a grant from June Rockwell Levy Foundation, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door and will be available on Eventbrite.

For more information, go to: http://mantonavenueproject.org