FIRSTWORKS ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS
June 1-4, Downtown Providence
Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Produced by the City of Providence with Founding Partner, FirstWorks
Bike to Beer
BIKE TO BEER WITH CHRIS LASHUA OF CIRQUE MECHANICS
October 28 at The Malted Barley
Grab a beer and a delicious homemade pretzel while chatting with Chris Lashua, Artistic Director of Cirque Mechanics. Find out about his biking background, which led to a stint with Cirque du Soleil. Hear about his troupe Cirque Mechanics, who will be kicking off our FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series at The Vets on October 29 with their performance Pedal Punk.
October 29 at The Vets
You’ve never seen a circus like this! Hailed as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil” by Spectacle magazine, Cirque Mechanics returns to wow FirstWorks audiences with Pedal Punk, a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, and one-of-a-kind machines.
Paul Taylor Legacy Project
PAUL TAYLOR LEGACY PROJECT: ART IN MOTION
Season-long residency events
Arguably the greatest living choreographer across the 20th and 21st centuries, Paul Taylor continues to create works that are vibrant, powerful, and thoroughly new. This season FirstWorks celebrates Mr. Taylor with an expansive project connecting audiences with art, dance, music and American history.
Armory Animated by Art
ARMORY ANIMATED BY ART
A FirstWorks / AC+T initiative
Cranston St. Armory: Animated by Art uses the arts as a focal point to engage community stakeholders around envisioning a bright future and multiple creative uses for this historic site, built in 1907 in the heart of Providence’s West End neighborhood.
Rennie Harris PUREMOVEMENT
RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT
American Street Dance Theater
February 24, 2017 at The Vets
The sensational, world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris—believed by many to be the best living hip-hop dancer/artist on earth—takes the FirstWorks stage with his namesake company in a 25th anniversary program featuring the most exciting, compelling and acclaimed pieces from their repertoire.
ASAP Symposium 2016
ASAP 2016 SYMPOSIUM: DESIGNING THE NEXT STEPS
March 5, Granoff Center – FREE
A day of workshops, community classes, discussion, design, lecture/demonstration, and art installations. In its fourth year, the ASaP Symposium explores holistic, artistic interventions for diverse populations. This year’s focus is on the power of design and the implementation of arts programming in the medical field. FREE REGISTRATION
ADLI Winter Mini-Fest 2016
ADLI WINTER MINI-FEST 2016
March 2-5, Granoff Center – FREE
American Dance Legacy Initiative invites all to participate in their annual Mini-Fest. Designed to build connections within the dance field and between the field and the general public, the event includes dance classes, workshops, presentations, performances, exhibits, and discussions.
Rhythm of Change Festival
RHYTHM OF CHANGE FESTIVAL
Feb. 25-28, Brown U. – TICKETS REQ.
The festival partners with FirstWorks, Rites and Reason Theatre, Urban Bush Women, Troupe Yeredon, Dr. Thomas DeFrantz and artists from Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and NYC to engage with students and the larger community in ceremony, performances, discussions, and workshops. TICKETS REQUIRED
Jazz Brunch with Urban Bush Women
JAZZ BRUNCH WITH URBAN BUSH WOMEN
Feb. 28 at The Dorrance – TICKETS REQ.
Join us and members of Urban Bush Women as we wrap up their FirstWorks residency with a specialty brunch menu created by the culinary team at the Dorrance. Enjoy a mouth-watering buffet, relaxed conversation & soul-nourishing live jazz performed by Rhode Island’s own Travis Colby Band. ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED.
World Premiere! April 24 at RISD
Chromatic Fantasy: The World of Ciurlionis. Rhode Island’s own performance ensemble with a superb string quartet at its heart explores the intense cross-pollination of art, poetry and music at the turn of the 20th century.