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May
4
Wed
Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 4 @ 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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R.I.Bike Presents: “What the Paint?”
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

BikeTalk with Bill DeSantis – What the Paint?

The BikeTalk series offers an opportunity to participate in a casual discussion or lecture around different bicycling-related themes. This talk will feature national expert on bike facility engineering, Bill DeSantis, of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin. Bill will guide us through how new types of bike features get approved through the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which guides how traffic engineers design streets for bikes. 6-8pm at AS220 on Empire Street in Providence.

Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 4 @ 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
May 4 @ 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!

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May
5
Thu
Pattern and Repeat Systems @ AS220 Printshop
May 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday, May 5, 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $40

PATTERN AND REPEAT
The use of imagery and motifs in repeating pattern offers infinite possibility in art and design. Recent advancement in digital tools has made pattern creation easier, but does not necessarily result in dynamic design. In this workshop students are introduced to principles of successful continuous surface design. Students begin by hand drawing elements of interest and then manipulate the drawing into a singular unit that is ready to be duplicated into a seamless repeating pattern. Use of color is introduced and colorway sampling may be created as time allows. Discussion and exploration of scale, direction and movement, along with troubleshooting unintended secondary patterning of striping and spotting, complete the process.

Instructor: JOY MCLAUGHLIN

Textile and installation artist Joy McLaughlin can’t help herself when it comes to exploiting material. Her process assumes that all material has the capacity for manipulation and transmutation by relying upon the material itself to divulge its intended evolution. Earning a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design allowed her to push this exploration through traditional textile methods of weaving and silkscreen. Her work places emphasis on societal and environmental issues through the use of pattern and repetition which creates visual competition between the individual and the whole. Joy has received multiple awards and grants including those from The Art Student’s League of New York, Rhode Island Foundation and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of venues in California, New York City and New England. Joy currently resides in Providence, RI with her two rabbits Tiramisu and Rothko who inspire her every day.

Register here – shop.as220.org/products/pattern-repeat-systems

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Happy Birthday Old Faithful:The National Park Plays @ AS220's Blackbox
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents "Happy Birthday Old Faithful:The National Park Plays @ AS220's Blackbox

“New short plays by kids celebrate the 100th birthday of National Parks”

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 5-8th. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 on Empire Street downtown. 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 through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ creative voices to the stage.

Avenue Project is proud to present Happy Birthday, Old Faithful! This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class for first time playwrights, who explored characters through monologues and dialogues, and learned about the exciting history of the National Park Service through meetings with real National Park Rangers,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “Each playwright chose a National Park and then set their very own ten-minute play there. The plays are about friendship, solving problems, and coming together in the beautiful places our National Parks offer. 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 third production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2015-2016 season, which is supported by grants from The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, Ocean State Charities Trust, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, a Senate Legislative Grant from the State of Rhode Island, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door.

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

Free Speech Thursdays Presents: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220 Main Stage
May 5 @ 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.

May
6
Fri
Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
May 6 @ 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 3/11

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.

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May 6 @ 7:00 pm – May 7 @ 1:00 am
The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Happy Birthday Old Faithful:The National Park Plays @ AS220's Blackbox
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents "Happy Birthday Old Faithful:The National Park Plays @ AS220's Blackbox

“New short plays by kids celebrate the 100th birthday of National Parks”

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 5-8th. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 on Empire Street downtown. 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 through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ creative voices to the stage.

Avenue Project is proud to present Happy Birthday, Old Faithful! This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class for first time playwrights, who explored characters through monologues and dialogues, and learned about the exciting history of the National Park Service through meetings with real National Park Rangers,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “Each playwright chose a National Park and then set their very own ten-minute play there. The plays are about friendship, solving problems, and coming together in the beautiful places our National Parks offer. 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 third production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2015-2016 season, which is supported by grants from The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, Ocean State Charities Trust, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, a Senate Legislative Grant from the State of Rhode Island, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door.

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

Live Bait on April Fool’s Day: Dirty Tricks @ 95 Empire Black Box
May 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

 

Live Bait on April Fool’s Day: Dirty Tricks

For years now, Live Bait has been a venue for people, from all walks of life, to get together and share something real. They have shared their secrets, their triumphs and embarrassments, things they are proud of and things they never should have done. And just about everything in between. It’s all part of being human, it’s all fodder for Live Bait.

With that in mind, since Live Bait falls on April Fool’s Day this year, the theme will be DIRTY TRICKS. Have you played them? Were they played on you? Or maybe you want to interpret the theme in a different way? You want to get tricky? You want to play dirty?

If you have a true-life story that in some way, shape or form fits April’s theme, just come to Live Bait, put your name in the fishbowl and, when your name is called, come up and tell it. Live Bait is a forum for true-life storytelling. No notes, no rants, no stand-up routines, and there is a six minute time limit. And of course, you are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen.

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

 

LIVE BAIT: TRUE STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE

10:00pm Friday, April 1st 2016

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box,

95 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information

 

Live Bait: Teacher @ 95 Empire Black Box
May 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Teacher

Everyone has had a teacher. Everyone has, at some point, been a teacher…of something. What have you learned? Was it a life lesson? A geometric proof? How to do a cartwheel? Conversely, what have you taught somebody else?

If you are a teacher, Live Bait wants to hear your stories. So much so, that if you are a current or former teacher (and tell your story), YOU WILL GET IN FREE! Why? Because we appreciate teachers. That’s why!

Of course, if you are, or were, a student, and you have a story, we’ll want to hear from you as well (but you’ll have to pay the $7.00).

As always, if you have a true-life story that in some way, shape or form fits May’s theme, just come to Live Bait, put your name in the fishbowl and, when your name is called, come up and tell it. Live Bait is a forum for true-life storytelling. No notes, no rants, no stand-up routines, and there is a six minute time limit. And of course, you are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen.

LIVE BAIT: TRUE STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE

10:00pm Friday, May 6, 2016

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box,

95 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information

 

May
7
Sat
Saturday Switch Series @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 7 @ 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
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: West African Dance w/ Seydou Coulabily
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:

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.

2013_SeydouSeydou Coulibaly is one of Mali’s leading dancers, teachers, and choreographers. He was named Mali’s #1 dancer in the final Biennale arts competition before the coup d’état in 1990. He then founded and was artistic director of Mali’s nationally respected and award-winning Troupe Komée Josée, which toured throughout Mali. Seydou now also works extensively in the US, where he teaches Mande dance, music and culture at Wheaton College, Brown University, and at his long-running class at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.   Seydou also runs Yeredon, a cross-cultural school in Bamako, which aims to bring a greater knowledge of Malian culture to foreigners while preserving the work of Mali’s most talented artists. His film credits include Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” “Mali Djembekan,” “Street Party in Lafiabougou,” and numerous educational films on Malian music, dance and culture. Seydou’s djun-djun playing can be heard on Mohamed Kalifa Kamara’s Africa Kanben.

 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.
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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.
JessicaHoward
Jessica 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.
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Ani 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.
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Nicole 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.
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Katie McNamara is a dance-artist, teacher and mom living in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 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 artistic community there and the raw spontaneity of its stage. During this time she 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). Locally she has recently worked with LostWax, Stephanie Turner, Rose Pasquarello-Beauchamp and Betsy Miller. Some local choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Most recently, she adjuncts at Dean College. Katie has been teaching Pilates for nearly two decades and presently teaches at Providence Pilates. She holds a BA in Dance and Anthropology from Connecticut College and a MFA in Dance Performance from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

11188203_10152894826703831_3692095739410711543_nCarolina 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.

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Happy Birthday Old Faithful:The National Park Plays @ AS220's Blackbox
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents "Happy Birthday Old Faithful:The National Park Plays @ AS220's Blackbox

“New short plays by kids celebrate the 100th birthday of National Parks”

 

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 5-8th. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 on Empire Street downtown. 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 through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ creative voices to the stage.

Avenue Project is proud to present Happy Birthday, Old Faithful! This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class for first time playwrights, who explored characters through monologues and dialogues, and learned about the exciting history of the National Park Service through meetings with real National Park Rangers,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “Each playwright chose a National Park and then set their very own ten-minute play there. The plays are about friendship, solving problems, and coming together in the beautiful places our National Parks offer. 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 third production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2015-2016 season, which is supported by grants from The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, Ocean State Charities Trust, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, a Senate Legislative Grant from the State of Rhode Island, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door.

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

May Gallery Openings! @ AS220
May 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

IN THE GALLERIES | MAY 7-28, 2016
opening reception | May 7th, 5-7p.m.
AS220 Project Space
In Cuba with Witness for Peace documentary project by Iris Donnelly, Eliud Martinez and Michael Hyatt

Reading Room
Seeing Things
new work by Barbara Owen

AS220 Main Gallery
In A Grain Of Sand
macro photography by Alyson McCann

The Bones and Muscles of Vulnerability
charcoal drawings by Lauren Koger

AS220 Resident Gallery
Quiet Pipe Within
New Work by Amanda Joy

State Of The Onion, AS220 Industries Annual Open House and Meetup @ AS220 Industries
May 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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State Of The Onion, AS220 Industries Annual Open House and Meetup

Have you heard about the AS220 Industries but always wondered what happens there? Are you a printmaker, photographer, or aspiring Arduino developer looking for a community of likeminded practicing artists? Maybe you were a member years ago and are looking to get back in touch. In any case, come on down to the State of the Onion and get caught up.

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The event happens alongside AS220’s gallery receptions. Industries staff and members welcome you to investigate the spaces that house the AS220 Community Printshop, AS220 Media Arts, the Paul Krot Community Darkroom, and AS220 Labs. Check out all of the equipment and resources that we have, find out about workshops, and maybe even become a member!

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We’ll also be demoing some new products from Modern Device and the perks of our Spring Fundwocky.

The space will be open 5-7pm and the State of the Onion presentation begins at 5:30 in the media Arts Lab. See industries.as220.org.

Film Screening- “Amityville: Vanishing Point” @ AS220's Blackbox
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film Screening-  "Amityville: Vanishing Point" @ AS220's Blackbox
Two close knit young women living in an Amityville boarding house with their eccentric caretaker and an esoteric younger sibling experience the loss of their best friend, Margaret. An odd, cowboy hat-clad detective is sent to investigate but gets more than he bargained for when his motives are called into question by the paranoid inhabitants of the house. As tensions run high, the girls start to suspect that perhaps, their friend isn’t as dead as they believed and the house itself may be turning on them. This new portrayal of the Amityville legend is based on true events and provides a side of Amityville never seen before. 

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AS220 Blackbox Theatre

Saturday May 7th, 7:00 PM

$5 free for Brown and RISD Students with ID

Hurt Ensemble // Infra-men // The Sun Parade // Edgar Clinks // @ AS220 Main Stage
May 7 @ 9:00 pm – May 8 @ 1:00 am
Improv Jones @ AS220 Black Box
May 7 @ 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
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!    *no class 3/27, 4/10

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).

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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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