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Sep
23
Fri
Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 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.

Sep
24
Sat
Providence Improv Festival at AS220’s Blackbox! @ AS220's Blackbox
Sep 24 all-day
Providence Improv Festival at AS220's Blackbox! @ AS220's Blackbox

Performances:

5:00pm: Family Friendly Show

PAY WHAT YOU CAN SHOW WITH ALL PROCEEDS TO THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT

THE DIMPLE DIVERS (WHEATON COLLEGE)

BRING YOUR OWN IMPROV (WARWICK)

6:00pm

Improv Basics w/Eric Fulford – Free to Public

7:00pm

ADULT CRUSHES (PVD)

NORTH COAST IMPROV (NYC)

8:30 pm

BOWLPROV (PVD)

CRISIS – AN IMPROVISED COMIC BOOK (NYC)

HISTORY UNDER THE INFLUENCE (AUSTIN, TX)

10pm

STRANGER THAN FICTION (NH)

IMPROV JONES (PVD)

AIRWOLF (NYC)

11:30pm

 IMPROV ROULETTE JAM  $5

Performers will match up with improvisers from throughout the country & play in game show style jam

 

All Tickets $5

The 13th Annual Providence Improv Festival will take place September 22-24th in beautiful Downtown Providence, Rhode Island a AS220 Blackbox & MainStage!

This years fest will feature 44 improv acts from across the country including Susan Messing and Rachael Mason from Chicago, IL as“The Boys”, “NorthCoast” from NYC, “History Under The Influence”from Austin, TX, “Airwolf” from UCB NY, & much more!

The fest has hosted premier talent from all over the world, including TJ & Dave, Jill Bernard, David Razowsky, Asaf Ronen, Parrallelogramophonograph, Magnet Theater Tourco, North Coast Improv, Improv Boston, Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane, & more!

Providence, was recently designated “The Coolest City In The U.S.”by GQ magazine. And from September 22-24… it gets even cooler, as we host three days of performances, workshops, and after-parties at our downtown theatre spaces.

Be a part of a festival, rub elbows with some incredible performers, and check out some of the world-class food, art, and fun that Providence can offer within an intimate and picturesque cityscape. Just a stone’s throw from Boston or New York! It’s a small-city festival with a big-city vibe.

Find more info by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/providenceimprovfest.

 

Providence Improv Festival at AS220’s Mainstage! @ AS220's Blackbox
Sep 24 all-day
Providence Improv Festival at AS220's Mainstage! @ AS220's Blackbox

Saturday  9/24/2016

Performances:

7:00pm

TOAST (UMASS AMHERST)

THE WRASSLERS (ALBANY, NY)

CUDDLE PARTY (BOSTON)

8:30 pm

BISCUIT CITY (PVD)

THE FRIENDSHIP CLUB (NYC)

NAFFY (BOSTON)

10pm

20 MINUTE MOVIE (BOSTON)

BAIT & SWITCH (WAKEFIELD, RI)

THE GARY’S (NYC & LA

 

All Tickets: $10; $35 Festival Passes Available

 

 

The 13th Annual Providence Improv Festival will take place September 22-24th in beautiful Downtown Providence, Rhode Island a AS220 Blackbox & MainStage!

This years fest will feature 44 improv acts from across the country including Susan Messing and Rachael Mason from Chicago, IL as“The Boys”, “NorthCoast” from NYC, “History Under The Influence”from Austin, TX, “Airwolf” from UCB NY, & much more!

The fest has hosted premier talent from all over the world, including TJ & Dave, Jill Bernard, David Razowsky, Asaf Ronen, Parrallelogramophonograph, Magnet Theater Tourco, North Coast Improv, Improv Boston, Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane, & more!

Providence, was recently designated “The Coolest City In The U.S.”by GQ magazine. And from September 22-24… it gets even cooler, as we host three days of performances, workshops, and after-parties at our downtown theatre spaces.

Be a part of a festival, rub elbows with some incredible performers, and check out some of the world-class food, art, and fun that Providence can offer within an intimate and picturesque cityscape. Just a stone’s throw from Boston or New York! It’s a small-city festival with a big-city vibe.

Find more info by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/providenceimprovfest.

 

Providence Improv Festival Workshops at AS220’s Blackbox and Psychic Readings! @ AS220's Blackbox
Sep 24 all-day
Providence Improv Festival Workshops at AS220's Blackbox and Psychic Readings! @ AS220's Blackbox

Saturday  9/24/2016

Workshops: 10am- Psychic Readings Room

Kevin Miller Workshop – Playing from the Wings

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10am- Blackbox

Susan Messing Workshop – Protecting the Freak!

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130pm: Rachael Mason Workshop – The Initiation

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1pm- Psychic Readings Room

NorthCoast – Intro to Hip Hop Improv Workshop

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The 13th Annual Providence Improv Festival will take place September 22-24th in beautiful Downtown Providence, Rhode Island a AS220 Blackbox & MainStage!

This years fest will feature 44 improv acts from across the country including Susan Messing and Rachael Mason from Chicago, IL as“The Boys”, “NorthCoast” from NYC, “History Under The Influence”from Austin, TX, “Airwolf” from UCB NY, & much more!

The fest has hosted premier talent from all over the world, including TJ & Dave, Jill Bernard, David Razowsky, Asaf Ronen, Parrallelogramophonograph, Magnet Theater Tourco, North Coast Improv, Improv Boston, Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane, & more!

Providence, was recently designated “The Coolest City In The U.S.”by GQ magazine. And from September 22-24… it gets even cooler, as we host three days of performances, workshops, and after-parties at our downtown theatre spaces.

Be a part of a festival, rub elbows with some incredible performers, and check out some of the world-class food, art, and fun that Providence can offer within an intimate and picturesque cityscape. Just a stone’s throw from Boston or New York! It’s a small-city festival with a big-city vibe.

Find more info by visiting our Facebook page at facebook.com/providenceimprovfest.

 

RIPExpo (Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo) @ AS220 Main Stage
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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The Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPExpo) is a fall weekend devoted to small-press and self-published comics, zines and books. Artists and writers from all over North America will join local creators to exhibit work and generate discussion. RIPExpo is committed to giving voice to those underrepresented in mainstream media.

Comics! Zines! Other forms of independent publishing! Free & open to the public!
September 24th – 25th, 2016

Special guests: Studio Peow, Hellen Jo, Ben Passmore, Czap Books, Kate Schapira, and Xander Marro.

Traditional Irish Music Session @ AS220 Bar & FOO(D)
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hosted by Jimmy and Hannah Devine with Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Teddi Scobi and Friends!

Every Saturday (except for the first Saturday of the month) from 4-7pm at the bar at AS220!

No cover charge!

A full menu of food and beverage will be available, so come in for a pint or make this your regular spot for dinner while enjoying some of the best traditional Irish music around!

Sep
25
Sun
Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 25 @ 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
Sep 25 @ 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
Sep 25 @ 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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RIPExpo (Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo) @ AS220 Main Stage
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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The Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPExpo) is a fall weekend devoted to small-press and self-published comics, zines and books. Artists and writers from all over North America will join local creators to exhibit work and generate discussion. RIPExpo is committed to giving voice to those underrepresented in mainstream media.

Comics! Zines! Other forms of independent publishing! Free & open to the public!
September 24th – 25th, 2016

Special guests: Studio Peow, Hellen Jo, Ben Passmore, Czap Books, Kate Schapira, and Xander Marro.

Sep
26
Mon
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 26 @ 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.

Sep
27
Tue
Hatha Yoga w/ Angie Hartley @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 27 @ 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
Sep 27 @ 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

Radical Mycology 2016 Book Tour @ Psychic Annex / Aborn Room
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

2016 Providence Presentation (1)

Intermediate Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 27 @ 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.

 

 

Ben Christie, Will Gant and Jacob Haller @ AS220 Main Stage
Sep 27 @ 9:30 pm – Sep 28 @ 12:45 am

BEN CHRISTIE:

Formerly of No Ocean

WILL GANT:

Will plays electric banjo. He grew up in Missouri and learned to play banjo before coming to school on the east coast. He bought an amp and pickup and took it electric! Recent influences include Dinosaur Jr., Oh,Rose (indie band out of Washington), Cisco Houston, Lester Flatt, MegaBog (seen at as220), as well as some hip hop – Ice Cube, Nas,and MFDoom especially.

JACOB HALLER:

Jacob Haller has been a fixture of the Rhode Island music scene for the past ten years, and has been frequently featured in popular shows such as AS220’s Empire Revue and Common Fence Point Music’s annual Gathering of Fiddlers & Fishermen.

In 2010 he was nominated for ‘Best Singer/Songwriter’ in the Providence Phoenix, and, in 2011, his song ‘The Ballad of Anne Hutchinson’ was one of those selected to be played in ‘Singing About Providence’, a show celebrating Providence’s 375th anniversary put on by HEAR In Rhode Island and the Rhode Island

Sep
28
Wed
Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 28 @ 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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PSU’s Back to School Bash 2016 @ AS220 Main Stage
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Providence Student Union aspires to be a genuinely youth-led union for students based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through PSU, young people will freely unite to develop leadership skills, organize for ground-up improvements to their schools, and ultimately win a fair say in their education system.

Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 28 @ 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.

Julia, Triangle Forest and Bermuda Records @ AS220 Main Stage
Sep 28 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 1:00 am