FirstWorks Arts Learning

The theatre is an exciting place to be with FirstWorks! These compelling arts encounters for K-12 students in established performance venues reinforce lessons found in our accompanying Teacher Resource Guides, all tied to curricula standards. The best way to experience art is to see it up close, so join us for powerful live performance experiences your students will never forget!

Email Kathleen McAreavey or call 401-868-1149 to learn how your school can participate in upcoming Arts Learning matinees and programs.


HEATHER HENSON’S Ajijaak on Turtle Island
Thursday, January 31 and Friday, February 1, 2019 (times TBA) at Moses Brown School

This Heather Henson and IBEX Puppetry presentation of Ajijaak on Turtle Island tells the story of a young whooping crane who must undertake her first migration alone after being separated from her family. Her journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical impediments, but, the indigenous communities she meets help and inspire her. This performance incorporates Native American rituals and contemporary ceremony to reflect our connectedness with the environment. Music and traditional dances presented are inspired by those of indigenous peoples. Appropriate for ages 7+. Tickets: $8.50 each.

Natural Science, ornithology, environmental education, Native American/Indigenous People, dance, music, theatre arts.

PILOBOLUS: Performance of Branches
Friday, October 26, 2018 — 11:00 AM at The VETS

Pilobolus is an American Modern Dance Company known for its unique method of collective creativity. Performances by the company are characterized by bodily entanglements and new modes of physical interaction. This company’s work paved the way for dance companies across the globe to explore and reevaluate the limits of the human body.

Commissioned by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Branches is a new work scored entirely with natural sound. This piece looks at the competition and struggle between animals and the resulting situations that develop. Branches searches for the comedy in our Darwinian world in a way that is inherently unique to this dance company. Students will see small selections from their Branches performance along with accompanying video.

Natural Sciences, Botany, Dendrology, and Biology, as well as Film/Video, Dance, Choreography, Music Theory, and Musical Composition.