THE IPSWICH MOVING COMPANY
The Ipswich Moving Company led by founder and choreographer, Janet Taisey Craft makes its home in a renovated barn in Ipswich across from the Ipswich River. For over 30 years, the Ipswich Moving Company (a professional modern dance company) and the Ipswich Moving Company School (an educational center for dance) directed by Jenny Carlson since 2003, have contributed to the artistic life of the North Shore and Greater Boston community.
In 1980, the Company and the Studio were incorporated as The Ipswich Dance Foundation, Inc. as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization. During the summer of 2003, the Studio underwent a major renovation of its facilities to better meet the needs of the School, Company and the community. The Studio now boasts a fully equipped performance/studio space and a smaller second Studio with sprung maple dance floors, walled mirrors and wonderful natural light.
The Ipswich Moving Company offers modern dance performances in theatres, schools, outdoor spaces and galleries throughout New England. The Company performed at the internationally famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival for two summers in 2000 and 2001. Their Aerial Dance Theatre production, FREE FALLwas aired on British Cable TV, produced on the worldart.com webcast and presented in the Boston Center for the Art’s 2003 Spotlight on Dance Series. The Company participated in the Massachusetts Educational Collaborative for ten years, offering artist-in-residencies in public and private schools throughout the north shore area. The Company presents ten to fifteen performances in Ipswich, Boston and Newburyport annually.
Since 1986, the Company has created original aerial dance productions that have been performed everywhere from theatres to art galleries to school gymnasiums and have expanded the scope, enhanced the technology, and fascinated audiences with the beauty of aerial dance. The Company has developed a unique form of aerial dance using tied climbing rope and fabric slings. Aerial Dance Workshops are offered by the Company throughout the year to dancers and members of the community.
Company’s recent full evening concerts include: ALIGHT- A Journey from Darkness to Light in collaboration with the Ipswich High School Music program, 2006; TALES OF A TUB based on the poetry of Sylvia Plath, 2007; DREAMING HEAD exploring surrealism in dance, 2008; and POOKA IN THE WOODS /A Celtic folktale in music, dance and storytelling, 2009 and 2010. Dance as a collaborative art has been an important focus for the Company. Throughout its history, the Ipswich Moving Company and choreographer, Janet Taisey Craft have created dance theater works in collaboration with musicians, composers, sculptors, visual artists, poets and creative writers. Recent projects include: IMAGES with The Orchestra On The Hill and composer, G. Paul Naeger, 2011; and THE GIRL IN WHITE, a dance video project with composer, Robert Bradshaw, which is currently in rehearsal and is expected to be completed for public TV airing by fall, 2012.