Calendar

Feb
2
Tue
Steve Volkman, Josh Grabert, Malyssa BellaRosa, and Sharlene DeNardo @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 2 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 3 @ 1:00 am
Sharlene DeNardo is best known as founding member, songwriter and bass player for the band Sex Coffee. She’s also the bass player for The Dust Ruffles. Sharlene will be debuting some of her new songs and accompanying herself on acoustic Guitar.
Malyssa BellaRosa is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Providence, RI who writes heartfelt, original songs. Blending many different styles – it is hard to pinpoint which “genre” suits her best, but one thing is consistent – the passion in which she writes and performs music. Her powerful, soulful and dynamic vocals have led to several nominations in local magazines as best female vocalist. She has sung opera, rock n roll, blues, funk, folk, jazz – anything with a sweet melody that is worth crooning.
A front man without his band leaves much to chance. Josh Grabert is the exception, with a solo set that rivals the soulfull sound of his band, Torn Shorts. With bluesy guitar, honest lyrics,and foot stomping rhythm, Grabert’s performance is a reminder of why we go see live music.
Providence, RI singer/songwriter Steve Volkmann writes and performs original songs inspired by everyday people and their stories. Steve played in original rock n’ roll bands in the Providence and Boston areas throughout the 80’s and 90’s. After living in New York City for ten years, Steve has relocated to Providence’s thriving original music scene.
Feb
3
Wed
Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 3 @ 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.

JulieShore

Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 3 @ 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.

Lulz! Comedy Night @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 3 @ 8:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Hosted as always by Randy Bush.

Doors at 8:30pm and Show at 9pm-ish
$6 at the door!

LuLz! is a monthly comedy series hosted by local comedic connoisseur Randy Bush.
Doors will open 8:30pm and the show will start at 9:00pm. So come early and grab a drink at the bar at AS220!

READ WHAT PROVIDENCE MONTHLY HAD TO SAY ABOUT IT:

http://providenceonline.com/stories/Lulz-comedy-show-AS220-funny-laugh-entertainment-Providence-Monthly,9783?search_filter=comedy&town_id=1&sub_type=stories,packages,photos,blogs,dining

Feb
4
Thu
Free Speech Thursdays Presents: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

PROVSLAM YOUTH!
Workshops and slams for poets under 19!

FREE Youth Writing Workshops:
– Every FIRST Thursday of the month at NEW URBAN ARTS (705 Westminster St.) from 5-7pm. Starting in October 2012.
– Every THIRD Thursday of the month at AS220 (115 Empire St.) from 6-7:30.

YOUTH SLAM every third Thursday at AS220, after the open mic and feature of our regular ProvSlam night. On youth slam nights, youth get in for half off! That’s just $2 for a whole night of poetry.

Max Meditation @ 3rd Fl. Dance Studio, 95 Empire St.
Feb 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Max Meditation hosted by Michael Borge

Thursdays 8-9pm (doors open at 7:30), 95 Empire St. 3rd fl Dance Studio

$10 per visit

774-322-6518 for more information

Feb
5
Fri
Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 5 @ 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 *no class 1/1

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.

Elemental Theatre Presents “Ghost Story” by Dave Rabinow @ AS220's Blackbox Theatre
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Elemental Theatre Presents "Ghost Story" by Dave Rabinow @ AS220's Blackbox Theatre

Ghost Story by Dave Rabinow is a play that explores the fragility of existence from the point of view of Polly, a woman stuck between being dead and alive. This 70-minute, one-woman play looks at our world from the microscopic level as Polly tries to puzzle out what happened, and discover who – or what – she is. Ghost Story  asks us all to ponder what it means to be alive, to question why we do what we do, and to wonder if the most human thing we can do is to simply keep going.

Elemental Theatre Collective has been producing plays and theatrical events in and around Providence for over ten years. With a focus primarily on new and developing plays, ETC has presented free touring classical adaptations (King Stag), live-action radio plays (Attack Of The 50-Foot Woman & Zombie President, Recession! The Musical) short play festivals (The GoGo Plays) a reading series for plays in development (Bare Stages), and full length original productions (Vacancy, A Brief History of the Earth and Everything In It…). ETC’s work allows theater artists and audiences to connect in direct, surprising, challenging, and exciting ways.

AS220 Blackbox

$15

February 6 and 7th, 7:30 PM

February 8th, 2PM

Live Bait: Still Nice @ 95 Empire Black Box
Feb 5 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

Still Nice

 

Since February’s show was cancelled, there has been a public outcry. “But we had ‘Nice’ stories all ready,” they, the public, cried, “Who will listen to our stories now?” Well, friends, Live Bait will. February’s theme will be carried over into March. Tell your stories, listen to more! How nice is that?

If anyone has a true story that in any way, shape or form fits March’s theme, they should come to Live Bait, put their name in the fishbowl and, when their 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, March 4th, 2016

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box,

95 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information

 

Feb
6
Sat
Saturday Switch Series @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am

Saturday Switch Series Masterclasses 10-11:45am, 3 Saturdays per month// $15 per class; $60 for 6 class package

Class Schedule:

January 9: Modern Dance w/ Ali Kenner Brodsky
January 16: Contemporary African Dance w/ Mekbul J. Tahir
January 23: Modern Dance w/ Shawn Hove cancelled due to weather
February 6: Modern Dance w/ Danielle Davidson
February 20: Modern Dance w/ Heidi Henderson
February 27: Modern Dance w/ Jessica Howard
March 5: Contemporary Ballet w/ Nicole Laliberté
March 19: Modern Dance w/ Nikki Carrara
March 26: Modern Dance w/ Katie McNamara
April 2: Modern Dance w/ Farah Saleh
April 9: TBA
April 16: Modern Dance w/ Carolina Rivera
May 7: Modern Dance w/ Sarah Mae Gibbons
May 14: Modern Dance w/ Ani Javian
May 21: Modern Dance w/ Shura Baryshnikov


Upcoming Class Descriptions:

February 6: Modern Dance w/ Danielle Davidson
Class begins on the floor with movement phrases inspired by Release techniques, Bartenieff fundamentals and Axis syllabus. We proceed to dynamic, core strength building exercises on the floor and standing. We then focus on choreographic exercise phrases geared towards full ­body engagement while increasing articulation, flexibility, and strength. In the second part of the class students will be encouraged to take risks, challenge themselves while ‘devouring space’, ‘flying low’ and finding their own personal intent and interpretations. Central concerns are physical strength, flexibility, endurance, musicality, memory, alignment and awareness and more than anything else, pleasure.

February 20: Modern Dance w/ Heidi Henderson
Heidi’s modern technique class prioritizes: paying attention deeply on a cellular level, find an efficient sense of center and then losing it, reveling in the specificity of complex sequencing, dancing large loopy phrases, and feeling joy.

February 27: Modern Dance w/ Jessica Howard
This dance based class embraces technique, improvisation and compensation skills. Participants learn to embody a state of presence and grace. We will focus on moving with efficiency while testing endurance and increasing stamina. This dance practice moves in and out of the floor, upside down to right side up, and from the inside out.

March 5: Contemporary Ballet w/ Nicole Laliberté
Contemporary Ballet: Ballet with a modern flare, emphasizing efficient mechanics from a body-mind perspective, neo-classical lines, and non-traditional use of the torso and floor. We will start on the floor with breathing and anatomical alignment exercises derived from various somatic practices.  The barre consists of longer combinations designed to increase blood flow and to warm the body from the feet up.  Barre exercises are directly related to the center combinations and incorporate parallel and allongé lines as well as upper body articulations.  Center and traveling exercises build upon the barre material.  Grand allegro will be examined from a traditional perspective and then presented as a modified contemporary sequence, giving the students choices for their interpretation.

March 19: Modern Dance w/ Nikki Carrara
Nikki invites dancers of all experiences to join this lighthearted and rigorous exploration of the moving body through space and time. She offers a thoughtful progression of exercises and explorations designed to bridge spaces between awareness and motion while connecting us to our personal and communal roles in the community dance class. All the while, we will accumulate information along the way that is expressed in an extended movement phrase and take some time to cool down and contemplate new sensations before leaving each other and re-entering our lives outside the dance studio.

March 26: Modern Dance w/ Katie McNamara
This 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.

April 2: Connect to Expand and Express w/ Farah Saleh
The class will explore the pelvis, its articulations, connections and movement initiations. We will start from small somatic exercises, then move to bigger and dynamic ones, to finish with dance phrases that integrate the learned connections, while taking the body to extreme physical places. Once the freedom of the interconnected body is established, states and images will be attributed to the movements to further enhance the body-mind relation.

April 9: info coming soon!

April 16: Modern Dance w/ Carolina Rivera
Starting with a series of breathings and yoga movements to warm up the body, this class will walk you through modern dance technique focusing mainly in the use of space and energy with a great emphasis in performance quality. This class will prepare you physically and artistically to learn part of the repertory of Alison Cook Beatty Dance and promote the search for your own artistic voice.

May 7: Modern Dance w/ Sarah Mae Gibbons
Class will focus on developing articulate, dynamic, and expressive bodies in a blend of yoga/kinesthetic warm up, release technique and scored improvisational exercises. Movement phrases emphasize principles of weight, floor work, anatomical efficiency, specificity, and torque to illuminate the momentum and intention of movement rather than solely the action of it. We will aim to explore physical dynamic range, individuality and subtleties in all that we do.

May 14: Modern Dance w/ Ani Javian
Class celebrates the physics of movement. We will work with and against gravity through principles of swing, momentum, and drive. Warm-up will get us vertical, and phrasework will take us off-center into physically rigorous movement material. Improvisation, somatic practices, and old school modern inform our contemporary work. We will dance from our skeletons, our muscles, our senses, our imaginations, and our hearts!

May 21: Modern Dance w/ Shura Baryshnikov
In this intermediate/advanced contemporary class, we will draw upon the technical foundations of B.J. Sullivan’s Safety Release Technique to build safe and efficient patterning from the floor to standing.  We will work to drive movement powerfully with the spine, unleashing the kinesthetic joy which will bring us through moments of risk and disorientation in our dancing.  Accessing the floorwork again and again, we will refine progressions which allow for sophisticated plays of suspension, increasing speed, and surprising pathways.  If we accept that the body is always falling, we begin to understand that our task is only to guide it safely from up to down and then ride our momentum and structural organization from down to up again.

Bios

ShuraBaryshnikov2Shura Baryshnikov is an interdisciplinary performer, choreographer, and movement artist.  She often works as a movement designer and coach for Trinity Repertory Company, contributing to more than 20 theatrical productions at this and other regional companies over the last five years.  As an independent dancer and actor, Shura has performed with choreographers Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner Brodsky, and Betsy Miller, among others, and with American Dance Legacy Initiative, Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Festival Ballet Providence, Bridge Rep of Boston, and Elemental Theatre Collective.  Shura’s performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, FBP, the Providence Fringe Festival, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, and Earthdance’s Moving Arts Lab.  Shura is a Teaching Associate in the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs and has as also instructed at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College, Boston University, Salve Regina University and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA.  Shura co-directs the Rhode Island-based contemporary dance company Doppelgänger Dance Collective.  www.shurabaryshnikov.com / www.doppelgangerdancecollective.com

NikkiCarraraNikki Carrara is a dance artist and educator living in Pawtucket, RI. Currently dancing with Elm City Dance Collective (New Haven) in the works of Kellie Ann Lynch, she has also recently performed the dances of Vincent Mantsoe, John-Mark Owen, Donna Jewel, Daniel McCusker, and Melody Ruffin-Ward. Her choreography has been presented in theaters, studios, art galleries, and fields, produced by Island Moving Company, Frazier Festival, Providence College, Perishable Theatre, and The Dance Complex. Nikki directs a vibrant junior high school dance program in Pawtucket, RI where she is happy to be the first dance teacher of many young budding artists. She is also a photographer, and loves to help things grow.

DanielleDavidson3Danielle Davidson is Co-Artistic Director of Doppelgänger Dance Collective.  Danielle completed her training at L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, in Montréal before joining JBQ as a soloist and touring internationally.  Since, she has worked with Ballet West, Ballet Espressivo, Opera Ontario, Debra Brown, and Productions Fila 13. She currently dances for Prometheus Dance Company, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and teaches at The Boston Conservatory. Danielle is also a choreographer who presents work in Canada and the US.

SarahMaeGibbonsSarah Mae Gibbons, CYI, LMT, OMT. Originally from Athens, Ohio Sarah Mae earned her BFA in dance and minor in education from The Ohio State University. Sarah Mae is currently based in Boston, MA choreographing her own work, both independently and collaboratively. Sarah Mae currently teaches master classes around New England in addition to regular classes at the Dance Place, as well as Mercersburg Academy summer youth dance program. Sarah Mae is currently studying Homeopathic medicine through the New England School of Homeopathy. She is a co-founder/co-director of “New Movement Collaborative,” an organization committed to facilitating art events and programs in the effort to enliven and strengthen the Boston dance community, and co-manages the Moving Target Master Class Series at Green Street Studios. Sarah Mae is also a certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist.  Her current aesthetic and interests in massage, yoga and dance lie in reinvesting attention to the practice of touch and movement as personal radical self-care, allowing the body to be a means of education and discovering links between effort, emotion, touch and discovery.
 
HeidiHendersonHeidi Henderson, choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick up company in RI, is a three time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. Heidi has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring, and Paula Josa-Jones. Heidi is a contributing editor at Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas. Heidi received her BA from Colby College and her MFA from Smith College and is in her tenth year on the faculty at Connecticut College. She has been teaching at the Bates Dance Festival for many years. elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre in London, in New York City, at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, at The International Festival of Dance in Taegu, Korea, at the Bates Dance Festival,  and at many venues in New England.
ShawnHove
Shawn Hove is a multidisciplinary dance artist investigating and working in dance as a choreographer, dancer, collaborator, educator, lighting designer and media artist. He is the founder/artistic director of shove gently dance. From 2005-2010, he was on faculty/staff of The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance. For ten years he served as co-director of the video team at the Bates Dance Festival, alongside Peter Richards, where they documented the Festival’s events. Shawn has danced for artists Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Crispin Speath, Meghan Durham, and Noelle Chen. He was production producer for Norah Zuniga Shaw’s installation work based on Synchronous Objects. As a lighting designer he has designed for the Columbus Movement concert series, elephant jane dance, Race Dance, Meghan Durham, and Rachel Boggia. As media artist he has worked with Columbus Dance Theatre, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and David Dorfman Dance. Shawn has created short films with Race Dance, and promotion clips for Adele Myers and Dancers, Bebe Miller Company, and David Dorfman Dance. He has been commissioned by John Mueller’s Dance Film to help create DVDs on Loie Fuller’s Fire Dance and Leonide Massine’s Gaite Parisien and Symphonie Fantastique.
JessicaHowardJessica Howard is an independent performance artist, dance educator & choreographer working in the Boston and SouthCoast area. Jessica graduated with her Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre and Dance from Keene State College. She was recipient of the Alta Lu Townes Memorial Endowment and the Charles Hildebrandt Award in 2009. As a theatre and dance undergraduate Jessica was privileged to study under Marcia Murdock, Cathy Nicoli, Candice Salyers, and William Seigh and was selected to work with guest artists such as Paul Besaw, Mark Dendy, Pilobolus, and Sara Sweetly Rabidoux.  She currently performs with Lorraine Chapman, the Company and Ali Kenner Brodsky  & Co. Jessica is also the Abbess, Mentor & Guide of the P.O.T.E.G.P. Spiritual Guidance Center 501(c) 3. She is the lead instructor for the P.O.T.E.G.P. Instructor Training Program, a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. She has continued education in various forms of healing and mindfulness through various professional workshops and Festivals; Jessica has received training from the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) for Dance for PD. Jessica is also certified Wellness Professional through the National MS Society.
Picture 001Ani Javian is a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and has also taught at Denison University and The Ohio State University. Ani’s choreography has been presented in New York, Connecticut, Ohio, and Michigan, and has received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Greater Columbus Arts Council. Ani has performed for Molly Lieber, Paige Phillips, Betsy Miller, Natalie Desch, and Naomi Goldberg Haas’ Dances for a Variable Population, among others. She has an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance and English from Connecticut College.

AliKennerBrodskyAli Kenner Brodsky is the artistic director of ali kenner brodsky & co. and is the 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship for Choreography. Kenner Brodsky was an artist-in-residence at The Joyce SoHo in NYC and was mentored by Phyllis Lamhut. Her company also performed at venues including the Puffin Room, DanceNow Festivals, the former Dance Space Center, WAX, Dixon Place and Dumbo Dance Festival. In 2009 Kenner Brodsky returned to Providence, where she co-produced two a+b seasons with Betsy Miller. ali kenner brodsky & co. have performed at various venues and festivals in New England including: AS220, The Dance Complex, The Movement Exchange, The Provincetown Dance Festival, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Elm City Dance Collective (CT), The Great Friends Festival (RI) and Dance for Peace (CT). She served as rehearsal director for and danced with national touring company Lostwax Multimedia Dance under the direction of Jamie Jewett from 2012-2015. Kenner Brodsky has performed with Andy Russ, Jessica Howard, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Betsy Miller, Emma Hogarth and with 83 paperbirds-moving lab. Kenner Brodsky has had the privileged of working with Providence band Brown Bird and The Huntress on original compositions for her work, as well as with Cyrus Highsmith on original art design.
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANicole C. Laliberté, artistic director of Freedom Dances, has performed with Sidelong Dance Company, Boston Dance Company, EBA Dance Theatre / Maude Baum and Company, MJT Dance Company, and Honolulu Dance Theatre, among others.  Nicole holds her MFA in Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory.  Of note, she has taught at UNCG, James Madison University, Meredith College, Darton College, and Greensboro Ballet.  Very recently, she has been branching out as a dance writer as well. As an independent artist, student, teacher, and guest artist, Ms. Laliberté has staged choreography at The Boston Conservatory, The Boston Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, James Madison University, Darton College, Rhode Island College, American College Dance Festivals in Vermont and North Carolina, countless studios nationwide, and in the repertories of Maude Baum and Company, Albany, NY, and Sidelong Dance Company, Winston-Salem, NC.
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. 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 its 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.
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Carolina Rivera was born in Santiago, Chile were she began her training at the prestigious school of ballet, Teatro Municipal de Santiago. She majored in Dance at the University of Chile with High Honors and the Excellence Award “Isidora Zegers Montenegro.” In Chile, Carolina has performed as a Soloist and as an Ensemble member in various operas at the renowned Teatro Municipal de Santiago, with musical theatre companies such as, Tea-M-Danz and Dance & Stage. In New York, she was a scholarship recipient at the Martha Graham School and joined Graham II, performing soloist roles (El Penitente), and chorus in the major pieces of Graham repertory such as Chronicle, Acts of Light, Rite of Spring, Heretic, and Appalachian Spring. Ms. Rivera has danced works by choreographers such as Jacqulyn Buglisi, Yung Yung Tsuai Lerner, Blakeley White- McGuire, Lone Larsen, Martin Lofsnes, Edgar Cortes, Shawn Rawls and Martha Graham. Ms. Rivera has also performed with 360 Dance Company, Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, Gwen Rakotovao Company and Anabella Lenzu Dance Drama. Currently Carolina can be seen with Alison Cook Beatty Dance and Emotions Physical Theater as well as performing her own work at venues in NY and Chile throughout the year. For more information please visit www.carolina-rivera.com 
FarahSalehFarah Saleh  is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer. She has been dancing and choreographing with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company since 2010, and for them recently created Ordinary Madness (2013) and Hana and I (2014). She also toured internationally with Keffiyeh/made in China (2012) and Badke (2013) co-produced by the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS), A.M Qattan Foundation and Les Ballets C de la B. She is currently a visiting scholar in the Departments of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Middle East Studies at Brown University and is touring with her latest pieces A Fidayee Son in Moscow (2014) and Free Advice (2015).

NT4L36991Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, 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. 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 U.S.
Fab Lab Foundations 2: Introduction to the CNC Router @ AS220 Labs
Feb 6 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Register Here 

This workshop is for anyone interested in using a CNC Router for digital fabrication, specifically the ShopBot machine for computer-controlled cutting and routing. The course covers an introduction to the ShopBot, Computer-Aided Design software to design projects for the machine, creation of 2D tool paths for the machine using PartWorks, and basic machine operation and safety.  You will learn how to safely operate the machine on your own, so that you may use the machine independently after completing the training and signing up for membership.

Our machine is a ShopBot PRS standard 96 with a cutting area of 96″ (x-axis) x 48″ (y-axis) x 6″ (z-axis). The machine is capable of machining 2D parts (profile, pockets, drilling) and making 3D carvings.  This workshop only covers 2D tool paths, not 3D carvings.

This workshop consists of two parts, 1 3-hour instructional session and a followup session on the machine where you run a project on the machine.

Prerequisites
While it’s not mandatory, we strongly encourage students to have experience with vector design. Not familiar with using computers at all? We also offer a basic computer training workshop
Elemental Theatre Presents “Ghost Story” by Dave Rabinow @ AS220's Blackbox Theatre
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Elemental Theatre Presents "Ghost Story" by Dave Rabinow @ AS220's Blackbox Theatre

Ghost Story by Dave Rabinow is a play that explores the fragility of existence from the point of view of Polly, a woman stuck between being dead and alive. This 70-minute, one-woman play looks at our world from the microscopic level as Polly tries to puzzle out what happened, and discover who – or what – she is. Ghost Story  asks us all to ponder what it means to be alive, to question why we do what we do, and to wonder if the most human thing we can do is to simply keep going.

Elemental Theatre Collective has been producing plays and theatrical events in and around Providence for over ten years. With a focus primarily on new and developing plays, ETC has presented free touring classical adaptations (King Stag), live-action radio plays (Attack Of The 50-Foot Woman & Zombie President, Recession! The Musical) short play festivals (The GoGo Plays) a reading series for plays in development (Bare Stages), and full length original productions (Vacancy, A Brief History of the Earth and Everything In It…). ETC’s work allows theater artists and audiences to connect in direct, surprising, challenging, and exciting ways.

AS220 Blackbox

$15

February 6 and 7th, 7:30 PM

February 8th, 2PM

Superbee, Midriffs, Lovesick and Willow @ AS220 Main Stage
Feb 6 @ 9:00 pm – Feb 7 @ 1:00 am

TOUGHPUPPY PRESENTS:

A CD RELEASE PARTY FOR SUPERBEE!

If you caught ‘em last time they were around @ my place back in Oct. you know this psychedelic rock duo can definitely bring it.
https://superbee.bandcamp.com/releases

Joining us will be:

Superbee (W Mass)
https://superbee.bandcamp.com/

Midriffs (BOS, MA)
https://midriffs.bandcamp.com/

Lovesick (PVD)
https://lovesickpvd.bandcamp.com/

Willow (PVD)
https://willowri.bandcamp.com/

$7

 

Improv Jones @ AS220 Black Box
Feb 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The best improv comedy you can find.
Saturdays at 10:00.
95 Empire
Downtown Providence Rhode Island.
Tickets available at the door for only $5.00.

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Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!
A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business (www.shea-training.com) he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 7 @ 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
Feb 7 @ 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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Elemental Theatre Presents “Ghost Story” by Dave Rabinow @ AS220's Blackbox Theatre
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Elemental Theatre Presents "Ghost Story" by Dave Rabinow @ AS220's Blackbox Theatre

Ghost Story by Dave Rabinow is a play that explores the fragility of existence from the point of view of Polly, a woman stuck between being dead and alive. This 70-minute, one-woman play looks at our world from the microscopic level as Polly tries to puzzle out what happened, and discover who – or what – she is. Ghost Story  asks us all to ponder what it means to be alive, to question why we do what we do, and to wonder if the most human thing we can do is to simply keep going.

Elemental Theatre Collective has been producing plays and theatrical events in and around Providence for over ten years. With a focus primarily on new and developing plays, ETC has presented free touring classical adaptations (King Stag), live-action radio plays (Attack Of The 50-Foot Woman & Zombie President, Recession! The Musical) short play festivals (The GoGo Plays) a reading series for plays in development (Bare Stages), and full length original productions (Vacancy, A Brief History of the Earth and Everything In It…). ETC’s work allows theater artists and audiences to connect in direct, surprising, challenging, and exciting ways.

AS220 Blackbox

$15

February 6 and 7th, 7:30 PM

February 8th, 2PM

From Scratch: A Works in Process Night @ AS220's Blackbox
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
From Scratch: A Works in Process Night @ AS220's Blackbox

It’s a brand new year. We’re excited to continue presenting brand new performance-based work at AS220’s Black Box stage. FROM SCRATCH is growing and 2016 will be the best year yet.

We present the first scratches of the year on Sunday, February 7th at 7pm. It’s become a bit of a comedy night with acts presenting work as comic writers and sketch performers.

NEW ACTS ADDED!

Funds Necessary
Sarah Samways

Blending poetry, storytelling, and theatre, Sarah turns a bunch of poems & writings into one cohesive piece about work, money, making a “living” while trying to grow as an artist.

Stand Up Comedy from
Irvin de la Rosa

A stand up set examining the dichotomy between “off the cuff” comedy (or “riffing”) and pre-written jokes. A comedian vents his frustration over the pressure to write jokes or bits, juxtaposed with an inability or refusal to do. The result is a set in which the comedian ostensibly builds or tries to build a workable act in front of the audience.

Little Red Riding Hood Gets Grandma Good
Elizabeth Keiser

A spin on Little Red Riding Hood having a tougher life than people knew, getting abused on inner city subways, having Grandma treat her poorly… Join Little Red Hoodie on her journey from subway to bring soup for Grandma and then seek retribution….

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Stuart Window

Our own Stuart Window is developing new comedy/ performance work in preparation for what is currently being referred to as BROKEN WINDOWS: a somewhat comedic experience about deteriorating familial relationships spurred by transatlantic moves, marriages, and quite a few bottles of mini market Prosecco.

We’re also inviting Christopher Johnson back for a reading from his new play in development – MORE DETAILS TO COME!

If you’re interested in performing, submit a scratch: http://www.fromscratch.straycreatives.com/submit-a-scratch.html

https://www.facebook.com/events/1540811489542771/

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Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance w/ Meghan Carmichael @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

*no class MLK Day, Presidents’ Day

Starting from a base warm-up influenced by Cunningham and Limon modern dance techniques, this class will grow from a foundation of proper alignment, placement, and clarity in technique. Throughout the class, we will focus on a mixture of these modern dance fundamentals and contemporary influences, including: strength, release, breath, abandon, rebound, suspension, directional and rhythmic complexity, musicality, and gumption. We will explore how these approaches and qualities can be used to maximize the body’s versatility as an instrument. In an inquisitive and supportive environment, we will explore our technical and artistic practice, and develop each dancers’ own sense of groundedness to then to dive into the unknown.

Meghan Carmichael, originally from Cape Cod MA, is currently based in Providence RI, where she works as a dance artist, performer, choreographer, and teacher. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At UNCSA she studied and performed works by José Limon, Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais. She also had the opportunity to train with and perform works by choreographers Helen Simoneau, Eric Oberdorff, and Doug Elkins. She has performed throughout New England as well as in New York City, where she performed at Dance New Amsterdam, the Lincoln Center Institute, and the Cunningham Trust. Her work has been shown at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, Brown University, Festival Ballet Providence, and the Youth American Grand Prix 2015, Boston. She currently dances for local Providence choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky & co and Betsy Miller, and is a company member of Prometheus Dance in Boston. She is on faculty at Festival Ballet Providence, Providence Ballet, Moses Brown School, and guest faculty Brown University. In 2015, she started a blog [dancepvd.wordpress.com] to build community and a dialogue with contemporary dance artists in the Greater Providence area. meghancarmichaeldance.com

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Live Arts Venues

Main Stage:
The AS220 Main Stage hosts over ten events a week and is a 200 capacity performance venue and gallery space. The venue contains 4 powered main speakers, three monitors, in house compression and efx, projection / dvd capabilities, and a 6 foot screen. A full inventory can be viewed here.  While the Main Stage hosts a wide array of artistic programming, it primarily is used as a concert venue. It is located at 115 Empire Street.

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Black Box:
The Black Box is an extremely versatile 90 capacity performance theatre. It has a surround sound system, Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and full theatrical lighting. The space focuses on theatrical and dramatic works and encourages users to customize the space to suit the needs of their production. The Black Box is on the first floor of 95 Empire Street.

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Dance Studio:
The dance studio hosts regular dance, yoga, and fitness classes and is available for rental for rehearsals and private instruction. The Dimensions of the marley floored room are  28′ X 42′ and it is equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, an easy to operate sound system and sunlight!

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Psychic Readings:
Psychic Readings is an intimate and mysterious multi-purpose room. It has a capacity of 45, but also has an “Annex Room” which moonlights as an art gallery. Psychic Readings is run in conjunction with the AS220 Artists in Residence on the third floor of the Empire Street building.

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