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Walking with ‘Trane – Urban Bush Women in RI

WALKING WITH ‘TRANE – URBAN BUSH WOMEN

A towering jazz masterpiece comes alive onstage with unbridled energy, innovative choreography and live music. TICKETS REQUIRED

Urban Bush Women in RI: Art Activating Community

URBAN BUSH WOMEN IN RI: ART ACTIVATING COMMUNITY

For three decades Urban Bush Women’s powerful moves have shaken theaters and inspired communities celebrating the culture of the African diaspora. As part of their five-month project with FirstWorks this season, Urban Bush Women return to Providence in February 2016 for two jam-packed weeks of workshops, performances and talks.
Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca

SOLEDAD BARRIO AND NOCHE FLAMENCA

SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA

Sizzling flamenco electrifies the stage as this Madrid-based company of dancers, singers and musicians provides an authentic look at a fiery and expressive art form.

SALON: JAZZ IN RI HISTORY AND CULTURE

SALON: JAZZ IN RI HISTORY AND CULTURE

On 2/27, FirstWorks will present Urban Bush Women performing Walking With ‘Trane, a work emblematic of UBW’s practice of weaving contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Join us for a discussion of the history and role of jazz in RI. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Rhythm of Change Festival

RHYTHM OF CHANGE FESTIVAL

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

Rennie Harris PUREMOVEMENT

RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT
American Street Dance Theater

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.

Reimagining Gershwin

REIMAGINING GERSHWIN:
RHAPSODY IN BLACK AND BLUE

FREE lunchtime talk for Curator’s Circle Members RSVP required
George Gershwin’s enduring influence on African-American music is explored by Wall Street Journal Jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld and polymath composer/producer/musician Melvin Gibbs in this FirstWorks Creative Conversation.
Saodat Ismailova

Qyrq Qyz Panel Talk

PANEL TALK: THE INSPIRATION OF TRADITION – CENTRAL ASIAN COOL

Welcome the Aga Khan Music Initiative artists of Qyrq Qyz/Forty Girls with a community dinner and panel exploring the expression of traditional storytelling and music through the representation of powerful female mythology in the Muslim world.
Man plays guitar atop a stage powered by a cyclist

PVDFest 2018 Home

PVDFEST 2018
Watch FirstWorks highlights

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 that attracted over 100,000 participants. Check out FirstWorks highlights from the Creative Capital’s signature summer arts festival!