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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.

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.
Male dancer swathed in white tulle jumps in the air with arms and left leg raised high

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

FROM BACH TO BOWIE
Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Celebrate FirstWorks’ 15th season with a high-voltage evening featuring the runaway hit, Star Dust, a glorious dance set to the music of David Bowie performed by America’s first fully multicultural ballet company.

15th Anniversary Party

FIRSTWORKS 15TH ANNIVERSARY
Glitter & Glam Party

Ditch the long speeches and formal dinner for cocktails, music, entertainment and delicious hors d’oeuvres! We hope you will join us for a fun night of party + performance to celebrate fifteen years of FirstWorks.

Pilobolus

PILOBOLUS
FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series

“Where acrobatics are liquified into poetry” -NY Times
Celebrate FirstWorks 15th season with a “mind-blowing troupe of wildly creative and physically daring dancers who leap, fly, intertwine and break all the rules.”
People dancing at a workshop

Pilobolus Community Workshop

COMMUNITY DANCE WORKSHOP WITH PILOBOLUS

Join FirstWorks and Pilobolus for this exciting creative movement program for teens and
adults (ages 14 – 100). Pilobolus dancers and teaching artists will lead participants in a movement class based on physical improvisation.