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Dialogue Dinner

DIALOGUE DINNER
with Daniel Bernard Roumain and Matthew Shenoda

a community dinner and conversation with renowned violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and Matthew Shenoda, Associate Provost for Social Equity and Inclusion at RISD, in dialogue on the role of the artist as social activist.
FREE – RESERVATION REQUIRED
Musician dancing alone in a spotlight on an otherwise dark stage

Social Justice Fair

SOCIAL JUSTICE FAIR
Raise Your Voice!

6-7 PM in the Parish Hall. Join FirstWorks and over 15 local organizations before DBR’s Redemption Songs and Sonatas performance to learn how you can Raise Your Voice and make the world a better place for all.
FREE – tickets are required for the 7 PM performance in the sanctuary
Man in blue shirt playing the violin

Daniel Bernard Roumain Redemption Songs and Sonatas

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN
Redemption Songs & Sonatas
with The Humanist Septet

The renowned violinist/composer collaborates with local music makers in a concert infused with electronic, urban, and classical sounds, celebrating a worldview of civil rights for all.

PVDFest 2019

2019 PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city for a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Artists from across the globe joined the Ocean State’s finest for a free outdoor party that inspireed the soul, fireed the spirit, and had thousands dancing in the streets. Produced by the City of Providence with founding partner FirstWorks.

Taylor Mac

TAYLOR MAC
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist and Tony-nominated theater artist chronicles an unseen history of America through a hand-picked selection from his epic 24-decade pop odyssey, ranging from murder ballads to disco and everything in between. Co-Presented by FirstWorks with the Brown Arts Initiative.

2018-19 Season in Review

2018-19 SEASON IN REVIEW

FirstWorks brought an eclectic mix of dance, music, and theater to Rhode Island this past season, providing new experiences for arts connoisseurs and young students alike.
Two male female dancer couples in pas de deux

Complexions Artist Up Close Conversation

ARTIST UP-CLOSE CONVERSATION
with Complexions Co-Founders

Join FirstWorks for a free Artist Up-Close Conversation with Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden, former Alvin Ailey principal dancer, and the legendary Desmond Richardson, first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater. Moderated by Julie Strandberg, co-founder of The American Dance Legacy Initiative, Artist-In-Residence and Founding Director of Dance at Brown University.

Master Class with Jillian Davis

DANCE MASTER CLASS
with Jillian Davis

FirstWorks and ASaP (Artists and Scientists as Partners) co-host a Master Class with Jillian Davis from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, in conjunction with the ASaP 2019 Symposium at Brown University.

Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams Shattuck

FILM SCREENING
Heather Henson presents Handmade Puppet Dreams

A screening of short films hand-picked by the daughter of puppetry legend, Jim Henson of Muppets fame. Panel discussion with local stop-motion animators and puppeteers to follow.

Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams JAC

FAMILY FILM SCREENING
Heather Henson presents Handmade Puppet Dreams

A screening of family-focused short films hand-picked by the daughter of puppetry legend, Jim Henson of Muppets fame. Plus, accompanying hands-on activities for children ages 7 and up.
Headshot of Heather Henson

Artist Up-Close Conversation Heather Henson

ARTIST UP-CLOSE CONVERSATION
with Heather Henson

Join FirstWorks for an Artist-Up Close conversation with Heather Henson, innovating contemporary puppeteer and daughter of puppet legend, Jim Henson.

Ajijaak on Turtle Island

HEATHER HENSON PRESENTS
Ajijaak on Turtle Island

“An immersive environmental spectacle for the whole family” (Broadway World)
from the daughter of puppet legend Jim Henson.
Emily Dickinson - seated portrait

Some Favored Nook

SOME FAVORED NOOK
New England Premiere

A new chamber opera from Rhode Island composer Eric Nathan based on the incredible 24-year correspondence between poet Emily Dickinson and essayist, abolitionist, women’s rights advocate, and Colonel of the first black regiment in the Civil War, Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Black Violin

BLACK VIOLIN
Classical Boom Tour

Classical music and hip-hop collide!
The groundbreaking duo Black Violin blurs the lines between musical genres with their one-of-a-kind, family-friendly fusion of groove and strings.