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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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

PVDFest 2020

PVDFEST 2020

After careful consideration for our creative community both near and far, we’ve made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone PVDFest. While we won’t be partying in the streets this June, we’re working on ways to share PVDFest magic in 2020. Look for updates at http://pvdfest.com.

Diavolo

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion®
April 24 event canceled

Ticketholders will be fully refunded via your original form of payment by the PPAC Box Office. Any questions about DIAVOLO tickets can be directed to the PPAC Box Office at 401-421-ARTS (2787) or box_office_questions@ppacri.org
Portrait of Jacques Heim

Jacques Heim Talk

ARTIST TALK: DIAVOLO’S JACQUES HEIM
April 23 event canceled

Artistic Director and Founder of DIAVOLO, Jacques Heim, will give a talk framing his company’s unique performance style, his creative process, and the role of built structure in both.
Presented in collaboration between FirstWorks and RISD Interior Architecture

CUNNINGHAM

CUNNINGHAM
Film Screening
April 1 screening postponed

Co-presented by FirstWorks and Brown Arts Initiative, this poetic film traces Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the most visionary and influential choreographers worldwide.
Close up of woman's face in profile with her hand raised and projected lines of light on her face

Miwa Matreyek Artist Up Close

ARTIST UP-CLOSE CONVERSATION
March 28 event postponed

LA-based animator, director, designer and performer Miwa Matreyek will discuss the methods and inspiration behind her “Glorious Visions in Animation,” to be shown on March 25th, 7:30pm at Providence College Smith Center for the Arts.
Silhouette of a woman holding a tiny person in her hand against a backdrop of animated ocean with fish and a large full moon

Miwa Matreyek

MIWA MATREYEK
Glorious Visions in Animation
March 25 event postponed

Merging animated vistas and her own moving shadow, Miwa Matreyek creates a moving art gallery of magical, spellbinding narratives and debuts her newest work exploring connections between humans and climate change.
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.
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