NEWPORT, R.I. – Andrae Gonzalo, an American designer who was a contestant on the second season of the reality TV show ‘Project Runway,’ will perform with five Salve Regina dance minors and dancers from Island Moving Company during weekend performances of “Open for Dancing” being held on the university’s campus.
Performances will be held at the labyrinth, located on the front lawn of the McKillop Library, Ochre Point and Leroy avenues, on both Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. The complete schedule is available at www.islandmovingco.org.
“Open for Dancing” brings together musicians, choreographers, professional dancers and dancers from the community to create dances for unique sites. The Salve Regina students will dance at the McKillop Library’s meditation labyrinth in a performance choreographed by Deborah Lohse, a teaching artist at the Center for Arts Education and the New York City Ballet.
Salve Regina student performers will include Elizabeth Franson ’15, Allyson Hamel ’15, Alli Montecillo ’14, Rebecca Moscariello ’15 and Kayla Tolman ’15 – will perform alongside Island Moving Company dancers during this weekend’s “Open for Dancing,” a festival celebrating community, art and landscape.
Gonzalo is a native of Los Angeles and owned his own boutique called Forget It Jake in the city’s Chinatown. Gonzalo attended a private Christian high school in Los Angeles, and graduated in 1999 from Otis College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. His own fashion label, Andraegonzalo, debuted in the spring 2003.
Since its founding in 2002, “Open for Dancing” has showcased unique Newport landscapes with original dance works created by choreographers such as Monica Bill Barnes, Marta Renzi, Zach Morris, Daniel McCusker and Noemie Lafrance. For 2013, the festival moves out of town for the first time in the collaboration with Providence’s Steel Yard.