Open for Dancing, ISLAND MOVING CO.'s biennial series, based on site-specific dances in Newport, will feature company member Christine Sandorfi's love of aerial choreography, set in an ancient beech tree in the gardens of Bellevue House; New York-based Marti Renzi's dance in the Yew Forest of the Norman Bird Sanctuary; and New York-based Zach Morris's piece in the newly restored Northeast Casemate at Fort Adams. These works will incorporate IMC company members and community participants and be presented on September 24 and 25. Also, IMC's tenth anniversary presentation of Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff will take place November 25-December 2 (islandmovingco.org).
LOSTWAX MULTIMEDIA DANCE THEATRE has two projects this fall. Artistic director, choreographer and media artist Jamie Jewett will guide his dancers through an exploration of the relationship between live performers and digital culture on October 7 at Rhode Island College. And, under the sponsorship of FirstWorks, Lostwax will present Seven Veils, an adaptation of Thalia Field's Salome, November 10-13 at Perishable Theatre.
The last local group is JUMP! DANCE COMPANY, led by Paula Hunter and dedicated to teaching young people the art of choreographing. Jump! will do Scenes from The Polar Express on December 11, and will perform on October 1 with Brooklyn Rider, in a FirstWorks presentation (jumpdancecompany.org).
The third FirstWorks dance program this fall is the celebrated Connecticut company, MOMIX. In a dazzling blend of dance, circus stunts, acrobatics, and imaginative props, Momix dancers wil pay homage to the world of nature in Botanica, on October 19 at PPAC (first-works.org).
The long-time perennial presenter of national and international dance groups to Rhode Island audiences has been the Performing Arts Series at Rhode Island College (www.ric.edu/pfa/pas). This fall is no exception, beginning October 5, with RIVER NORTH DANCE CHICAGO, a jazz-based contemporary dance company. On October 19, TAP KIDS will tap out stories about their adolescence (move over, Glee!).
Flamenco flame José Porcel returns to RIC from Seville, Spain, with his dancers, COMPAÑIA FLAMENCO JOSÉ PORCEL. They'll perform Gypsy Fire, a folkloric tribute to the "new flamenco," on November 1. And on November 9, direct from Beijing, the NATIONAL ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA will bring their fast-paced brand of acrobatic movement to Roberts Hall.
The RIC DANCE COMPANY will present the NYC- and Connecticut-based ADELE MYERS AND DANCERS on October 21, in concert with the company, featuring Myers's Theater In the Head, which combines the choreographer's characteristic athleticism, theatricality, and humor. The RIC Dance Company, in collaboration with RIC Theatre, returns on December 2 and 3 to stage A-MIRROR-CA: A Reflection on America's Media Driven Society, focusing the effects of the media on our health, lifestyles, and overall quality of life.
Providence College dancers will present their annual fall concert, the BLACKFRIARS DANCE CONCERT, with resident and guest choreographers, on November 18 and 19, in the Angell Blackfriars Theatre. And Roger Williams University has scheduled the DANCE THEATRE IN CONCERT, December 8-11, at the Barn Theater, with faculty, alumni, and guest choreographers.