June 2 & 3, 2017
Downtown Providence – site TBA*
“Poet-warrior and provocateur, he is a wordsmith, a tinker-thinker and a friend of the first order”
Providence’s own Christopher Johnson is a tour de force of poetry, theater, music, storytelling, and activism. He is an award-winning slam poet whose compositions draw equally from the cutting social commentary of Amiri Baraka and the Beatnik counterculturalism of Allen Ginsberg. But Christopher Johnson is much more than just a wordsmith. His performances have evolved to incorporate storytelling, music, and dance. To hear him live is an immersive theatrical experience that goes above and beyond a simple poetry reading. Johnson uses his words and commanding presence to explore issues like race, incarceration, and mental illness, confronting his audience with difficult questions and offering no easy answers. His performance history with FirstWorks dates back to its first street festival in 2004. At this year’s festival he will assemble talent from across the Creative Capital to collaborate with aerial dance troupe BANDALOOP on #PVDPublicCanvas, a community-driven performance using the façade of a downtown skyscraper as a stage.
Founding Partner: FirstWorks