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.
The season was bookended by two spectacular dance performances—Pilobolus’ hauntingly sensual performance at The VETS in October and Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s spectacular From Bach to Bowie, which launched our 15th Anniversary celebration at PPAC in April.
Heather Henson and IBEX Puppetry engaged us with Ajijaak on Turtle Island, a new environmental spectacle for the whole family, in a Providence run at Moses Brown before its off-Broadway debut. Some Favored Nook, a new chamber opera from Rhode Island composer Eric Nathan, made its New England debut with FirstWorks in March and Black Violin came straight from the Apollo Theater to share their unique blend of classical, hip-hop and jazz in an unforgettable concert at The VETS.
And that’s just what took place on the stage! Over 4,000 Rhode Island students participated in FirstWorks Arts Learning programs this season. Behind the scenes, FirstWorks brought artists into schools and universities for workshops, talks and performances reaching deep into our communities. We also brought students to experience the power of live performances in Providence’s theaters. In the case of Black Violin, 33 lucky (and talented) young string players had the chance to perform alongside these star performers at The VETS.
In June we brought artists from all over the world to perform for free in downtown Providence as part of PVDFest – the Creative Capital’s signature annual arts festival. We are already hard at work curating thrilling new experiences to bring to Rhode Island next season!