Island Moving Company in Newport to Host Virtual Gala, “Nuit Blanche: Tous Réunis”

The virtual gala party will be broadcasted August 21, featuring live music, performances and a silent auction.
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Photo from last year’s Nuit Blanche event.

Are you ready for a night of festivities, including live performance, garden-party flair and delicious cocktails? Celebrate virtually with the Island Moving Company (IMC) at its annual “Nuit Blanche” Benefit Gala this upcoming Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m, which will run for forty-five minutes. Based in Newport, the IMC is a nonprofit, professional, contemporary ballet company whose mission for thirty-eight years has always been to build the cultural, educational and economic vitality of Newport County through dance creation, performance and education. They’ve provided a deeply integrated arts-learning curriculum to Newport County schools, with exposure to both classical and contemporary forms of dance education, music and performance to more than 5,000 students annually. 

“Nuit Blanche,” is the ballet company’s signature event that helps to raise approximately 15 percent of funds needed for its artistic, community and educational programming. Each year showcases a new and specific theme that furthers the event’s uncommon appeal as one of Newport’s most anticipated cultural events. This year’s theme is “Tous Réunis,” which translates to “all gathered or reunited.” 

“This year’s theme…was inspired by our community’s collective desire to connect through the beauty of dance — to reunite again,” says Miki Ohlsen, IMC’s artistic director. And even though the event has been reimagined virtually, that doesn’t mean it isn’t any less enjoyable or meaningful. Guests will enjoy live and specially recorded music and dance performances made for and performed in the gardens of Ronald Lee Fleming’s Bellevue House, one of Newport’s most spectacular landscapes. Performances will feature the “Trois Danse Etudes” performed by IMC dancers and “Trois Pieces de Concert” by Adrienne Taylor, cello, and Andrei Baumann, piano. 

The IMC has also announced it will include a silent auction, “Fund Our Future,” hosted by auctioneer Harry Santa-Olalla, as part of the benefit, with chances to travel the globe. The auction will remain open to accept bids through Sunday, August 23 at midnight. Items will include open-ended stays and adventures in Italy, St. Maarten and Newport, and two stunning framed oil paintings by acclaimed Rhode Island artist and IMC supporter Johanna McKenzie of Little Compton. The winning bidders will get the chance to experience one of these great locations. Activation dates are open-ended based on availability. 

“Given the uncertainty surrounding when IMC and arts organizations in general will be able to return to live, public events, this virtual goal is an important celebration of dance, our community and to our ongoing operations,” says executive director Peter Bramante. Dress is garden cocktail party optional, but feel free to come as you are in the comfort of your own home. Tickets, further details and information on the auction items are now available for purchase at IMC’s website, For any further questions, contact,, or call 401-847-4470. 



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