AS220 presents its inaugural Modern Movements Festival in Providence, RI. This week-long festival presents seven dance companies and choreographers, presenting six performances. Single performance tickets ($15) and performance passes($40) can be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets. Single workshops and masterclasses are $15; 6-class packages are available for $60 at AS220’s online shop.
Sunday, April 10 at 4 pm and Monday, April 11 at 7:30 pm:
William Bill Evans founded his Rhythm Tap Ensemble in 1992, as a vehicle for reconstructions of classic works by seminal African American rhythm tap artists as well as the creation of new works which fuse Evans contemporary dance and modern dance styles. Evans became a resident of Providence in August, 2014, and this will be the first time he presented an all tap dance show in Rhode Island. He will be joined by Courtney World and Kristen Socci.
Thursday, April 14 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm:
Mixed Bill # 1 features new and revised work by local theatre/dance maker Ronald Kevin Lewis, Boston-based choreographer Grant Jacoby and NYC-based intermedial dance artist Ashley Ferro-Murray. Ronald Kevin Lewis will present Heurisko: A play about found things. Part 1. Alabama, a dance-theatre work about Alabama, cotton, and American slavery that blends poetry, sound, movement and politics into a seamless collage. Grant Jacoby and Dancers will present two pieces that interrogate love, camp, and movement- the quartet Bloom (we were drowning, but we looked beautiful while doing it) and a solo entitled Talons with Teeth. In Through Practice, New York and California-based intermedial artist Ashley Ferro-Murray creates a somatic exploration of the contemporary relationship between biomedicine and new media, based on the transformation of her own body into a medical posthuman during her three-year battle with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.
Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm:
Mixed Bill # 2 features a broad geographical base of artists, including 2016 RISCA Choreography Merit Award WinnerBetsy Miller in a collaboration with Washington D.C.-based Matthew Cumbie, Palestinian artist Farah Saleh, and NYC-based Alison Cook Beatty and Dancers. Miller and Cumbie will premiere an original duet that aims to explore and explode the possibilities for virtuosity in movement, performance, and presence, while questioning assumptions and challenging our expectations with heart, humor, and play. Farah Saleh, current Visiting Artist in Residence at the Pembroke Center at Brown University, will present A Fidayee Son in Moscow, an interactive piece which attempts to archive gestures of Palestinian children who studied during the 80s at the international boarding school Interdom. Alison Cook Beatty will perform a solo, To Be Fallen For, and members of her company will close the show with Heroic Departure, inspired and based on the American Heroine Amelia Earhart and her life and final journey of departure around the world. All performances will be held in AS220s BlackBox Theatre at 95 Empire St.
Workshops *All events held at 95 Empire St. and are $15 unless otherwise noted
Monday, April 11
4:30 – 6 PM Dance & Technology w/ Ashley Ferro-Murray (free workshop at Brown University Ashamu Studio)
6:30 – 8 PM: Improvisation w/ Betsy Miller and Matthew Cumbie
Wednesday, April 13
6:30 – 8 PM Modern Dance Technique w/ Bill Evans
Friday, April 15
10 – 11:30 AM Risk and Release w/ Grant Jacoby
5 – 6:15 PM Body as Text w/ Ronald Kevin Lewis
Saturday, April 16
10 – 11:45AM Saturday Switch Masterclass w/ Carolina Rivera
For more information about Modern Movements Festival programming, please contact AS220 Theatre Director Marc Boucai (firstname.lastname@example.org).