Calendar

Aug
12
Fri
The Ricky Rainbowbeard Show : Sadness @ AS220's Black Box
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Can we play with sadness? Is it possible to have fun when we are crying? How do we find joy when we are sad?

Let’s explore these questions together through games, art, dance, and more!

 

////AS220 BLACK BOX, 95 EMPIRE STREET, PROVIDENCE\\\\

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Modern African Dance with Mekbul J Tahir @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It’s created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. It is based on traditional African dance (specially 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. Being aware of your own body: to feel it, to touch it, to enjoy it. To live your body through the virtuosity of feeling. The concept of the method and the movements are innovative and original. They come from nature. It is a unique way of approaching dance. It respects every different body. The technique talks about life, about the connection between human beings and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundamentals of the spirit of the technique. Students can expect the joy of being yourself and experiencing a culture from a different part of the world.

Mekbul Jemal Tahir (He/Him)  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 theater 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. Most recently, he was an invited participant in two international dance workshops at L’Ecole des Sables, Toubab Dialew, Senegal, under the direction of Germaine Acogny. 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.

Aug
13
Sat
Building the Sensational Body with Olase Freeman @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

Building the Sensational Body is based in Black postmodernism (reclaimed modern dance). Students can expect a merging of the technical body with the sensational body. The development of articulate spines expressing their fullest Range Of Motion on the way towards a fully-inhabited kinesphere.

Olase Freeman (he/him) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara.  In past lives he got to move with 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 internationally at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, and domestically at 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), University of Montana, Missoula.

Lil’ Rhody Lindy Hop – August Social Dance + Beginner Swing Lesson @ AS220's Main Stage
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Aug
14
Sun
Intermediate / Advanced Ballet with Stephanie Albanese @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

In this class we will focus on learning and understanding the rudiments of ballet – line and placement, while also learning musical phrasing of the ballet combinations that are given in class. I always strive to give a class that is relaxed and open, yet always with a focus to learn. The class is open to all ages and I am always supportive and encouraging with teaching this beautiful art form. This class is centered towards an advanced/intermediate level. This means to get the full benefit of the class, two to three years of prior ballet experience will be needed.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of School of American Ballet and has had an eclectic ballet career. Dancing in an upstate New York company with former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Stephanie performed the lead in a production of Firebird. She has danced in Mary Miller’s contemporary dance company in Pittsburgh. She has also worked as a freelance dancer in New York City, dancing with choreographers such as Marcus Galente and Felice Lesser where she performed and collaborated on multimedia pieces. Stephanie has lived in Paris while performing at the famous Lido dancing the Pas de deaux and also Las Vegas as a cabaret dancer in Julbilee. She currently teaches ballet at Elanie Colaneli’s Modern Jazz Dance Company Center of The Arts and is extremely pleased to start teaching (post-pandemic) ballet classes again at AS220 in Providence.

Vinyasa Yoga with Tommi Littlewood @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

Vinyasa Yoga was traditionally taught to prepare the body for meditation, which we will touch on. Students can expect a strong guided flow.

Tommi (They/Them) completed their first 200 hour training with providence power yoga in 2017. They have since done training with many teachers including Theresa Murphy, and Amy Matthews. In 2021, they completed an additional 200 hours with Lara Heimann, whose yoga is informed by her experience as a physical therapist. They focus on functional strength and sustainable movement, aiming to make class strong but nourishing.

Aug
16
Tue
Intermediate Ballet with Nicole C. Laliberté @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

Intermediate Level Ballet barre and center, taught from a contemporary standpoint, with attention to anatomical safety and awareness, and a nod to somatic practice. Nicole excels at adapting combinations from the intermediate level to either simpler or more advanced variations, based on students’ needs and experience. Emphasis will be on continued development of dynamic alignment, carriage of the arms, articulation of the feet and hips, increasing one’s repertoire of steps in various combinations, and knowledge of the ballet vocabulary. Nicole is a warm, inviting teacher with a healthy sense of humor, making the studio environment safe and welcoming for all.  NOTE: In this class we will explore and expand on beginning foundations, however, this class will not introduce those movements; previous experience is preferred.

Nicole C. Laliberté, artistic director of Freedom Dances, performed with Sidelong Dance Co., Boston Dance Co., EBA Dance Theatre, and Honolulu Dance Theatre, among others.  Ms. Laliberté has danced, taught, and choreographed in Rhode Island, Boston, New York, Hawaii, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and St. Petersburg, Russia.  She holds her MFA in Choreography from UNCG and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory.  She designed and implemented the first Associate of Arts in Dance program in Georgia.  Currently, she is on faculty at AS220 in Providence, as well as studios in RI and CT.  Nicole is also a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner offering group Awareness Through Movement® Lessons and private Functional Integration Lessons®.  

Of note, she has taught at UNCG, James Madison University, Meredith College, Darton College, and Greensboro Ballet.  “I am passionate about the art of teaching dance.  I have found through my own journey of crafting my technique that it is of vital importance to work with each student’s instrument differently in order to guide them toward becoming the best dancer they can be.  Some students learn by doing, others by watching, hearing the music, verbal prompts, counting, or perhaps by metaphor or imagery.  I enjoy finding what works best for each individual dancer.”

As an independent artist, student, teacher, and guest artist, Ms. Laliberté has staged choreography at Providence College, The Boston Conservatory, James Madison University, Darton College, Rhode Island College, American College Dance Festivals in Vermont and North Carolina, Boston Regional Youth America Grand Prix, countless studios nationwide, and in the repertories of Maude Baum and Company, Albany, NY, and Sidelong Dance Company, Winston-Salem, NC.  Nicole is thrilled and honored to receive a 2021-22 RISCA Individual Project Grant in Choreography in support of her multimedia dance biography, “La Survivance – Chère Mémère”, coming in September 2022.

Intro to Cyanotype Printing @ AS220 Industries
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Take a cyanotype class at AS220 Industries with Andre Lee Bassuet. Otherwise known as sunprints, though we don’t need the sun when you have a UV exposure unit at the Industries! Learn how to prep the materials needed to treat fabric and paper and come away with a notebook, a tea towel, and several prints by the end of this 2 session workshop.

Aug
17
Wed
King EeSy; Release + Retirement @ AS220's Main Stage
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Live! From AS220’s Main Stage

King EeSy; Release + Retirement

Early show! 5PM – 8PM // $15, or $20 for 2 tix

115 Empire St, Providence RI

Aug
18
Thu
Vinyasa Yoga with Tommi Littlewood @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

Vinyasa Yoga was traditionally taught to prepare the body for meditation, which we will touch on. Students can expect a strong guided flow.

Tommi (They/Them) completed their first 200 hour training with providence power yoga in 2017. They have since done training with many teachers including Theresa Murphy, and Amy Matthews. In 2021, they completed an additional 200 hours with Lara Heimann, whose yoga is informed by her experience as a physical therapist. They focus on functional strength and sustainable movement, aiming to make class strong but nourishing.

Intro to Letterpress: Polymer Plates @ AS220 Industries
Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This workshop will cover the old and new uses of the letterpress using light-sensitive polymer plates to print on our Vandercook press. You will leave this workshop with a working knowledge of press operation including inking the press, pressure and roller height adjusting, registration, feeding paper through the press, and cleaning the press.

Open-Level Movement Fundamentals (dancing) with Katie McNamara @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

Open-Level Movement Fundamentals (dancing) is based on much of the somatic work that became fundamental in dance education i.e. Pilates, Yoga, Laban Movement Analysis, Irene Dowd, BMC and Alexander Technique.

Students expect a warm up that really prepares and stimulates the body to be ready to move. Movement progressions that offer a layering or cumulative practice and a sensible piece of working at your own pace. Relishing the joys of movement!

Katie McNamara (She/Her/Hers) is a teacher of the body and a movement seeker currently living in Pawtucket with her partner Olase Freeman and their two children. She has been blessed with many great dance experiences, from the stage to her kitchen. She took a deep dive in her education during the pandemic through dissection courses that heightened her ability to customize bodywork in relation to the body in front of her. Katie is certified in Pilates through NPCP and holds a BA and MFA in Dance.

Providence Poetry Slam and Open Mic @ AS220's Main Stage
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Live! From AS220’s Main Stage

-The Providence Poetry Slam-

And Open Mic 

Doors at 7:00 

$5-10 Sliding Scale

 

Live Stream Available at:

Facebook: @as22O

Instagram: @as220providence

YouTube: @TV220

Aug
19
Fri
Modern African Dance with Mekbul J Tahir @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It’s created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. It is based on traditional African dance (specially 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. Being aware of your own body: to feel it, to touch it, to enjoy it. To live your body through the virtuosity of feeling. The concept of the method and the movements are innovative and original. They come from nature. It is a unique way of approaching dance. It respects every different body. The technique talks about life, about the connection between human beings and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundamentals of the spirit of the technique. Students can expect the joy of being yourself and experiencing a culture from a different part of the world.

Mekbul Jemal Tahir (He/Him)  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 theater 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. Most recently, he was an invited participant in two international dance workshops at L’Ecole des Sables, Toubab Dialew, Senegal, under the direction of Germaine Acogny. 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.

RKO Army: The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ AS220's Black Box
Aug 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Live from AS220’s Black Box

RKO Army Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The RKO Army is a shadowcast based out of Rhode Island primarily performing in the southern New England area since 1981. They have had on-going runs at two dozen cinemas over the decades. They have also performed as guests at a long list of theaters, conventions, universities, clubs, and parades.  

Known primarily for their legendary performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, they have mastered other fan-favorite productions.  The current list of alternative productions includes Shock Treatment, REPO! The Genetic Opera,  Doctor Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Once More with Feeling”, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Room, and their self-made RKO Horror Picture Show.  

Aug
20
Sat
Building the Sensational Body with Olase Freeman @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

Building the Sensational Body is based in Black postmodernism (reclaimed modern dance). Students can expect a merging of the technical body with the sensational body. The development of articulate spines expressing their fullest Range Of Motion on the way towards a fully-inhabited kinesphere.

Olase Freeman (he/him) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara.  In past lives he got to move with 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 internationally at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, and domestically at 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), University of Montana, Missoula.

Caloric, Scaffolding, Windier, Older Brother @ AS220's Main Stage
Aug 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Live! From AS220’s Main Stage:

 

Caloric  –  caloricmusic.com

Scaffolding (fka Pondering)  –  pondering.bandcamp.com

Windier (Portland, ME)  –  windier.bandcamp.com

Older Brother  –  myolderbrother.bandcamp.com

Aug
21
Sun
Intermediate / Advanced Ballet with Stephanie Albanese @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

In this class we will focus on learning and understanding the rudiments of ballet – line and placement, while also learning musical phrasing of the ballet combinations that are given in class. I always strive to give a class that is relaxed and open, yet always with a focus to learn. The class is open to all ages and I am always supportive and encouraging with teaching this beautiful art form. This class is centered towards an advanced/intermediate level. This means to get the full benefit of the class, two to three years of prior ballet experience will be needed.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of School of American Ballet and has had an eclectic ballet career. Dancing in an upstate New York company with former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Stephanie performed the lead in a production of Firebird. She has danced in Mary Miller’s contemporary dance company in Pittsburgh. She has also worked as a freelance dancer in New York City, dancing with choreographers such as Marcus Galente and Felice Lesser where she performed and collaborated on multimedia pieces. Stephanie has lived in Paris while performing at the famous Lido dancing the Pas de deaux and also Las Vegas as a cabaret dancer in Julbilee. She currently teaches ballet at Elanie Colaneli’s Modern Jazz Dance Company Center of The Arts and is extremely pleased to start teaching (post-pandemic) ballet classes again at AS220 in Providence.

Vinyasa Yoga with Tommi Littlewood @ AS220 Dance Studio
Aug 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

All classes take place at 95 Empire Street, 3rd Floor Dance Studio.

Vinyasa Yoga was traditionally taught to prepare the body for meditation, which we will touch on. Students can expect a strong guided flow.

Tommi (They/Them) completed their first 200 hour training with providence power yoga in 2017. They have since done training with many teachers including Theresa Murphy, and Amy Matthews. In 2021, they completed an additional 200 hours with Lara Heimann, whose yoga is informed by her experience as a physical therapist. They focus on functional strength and sustainable movement, aiming to make class strong but nourishing.

Aug
22
Mon
Intro to Letterpress: Polymer Plates @ AS220 Industries
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This workshop will cover the old and new uses of the letterpress using light-sensitive polymer plates to print on our Vandercook press. You will leave this workshop with a working knowledge of press operation including inking the press, pressure and roller height adjusting, registration, feeding paper through the press, and cleaning the press.