Daniel Bernard Roumain

January 12-February 6, 2022
Waterfire Arts Center
475 Valley St, Providence

Produced through a creative partnership between FirstWorks and WaterFire Providence, “The Seeing” is an exhibition featuring six film works scored by renowned composer, violinist and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR).

Roumain will be present to greet attendees during “The Seeing” exhibition’s opening reception taking place on Thursday, January 20, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. He will lead a half-hour Town Hall conversation which will be livestreamed on FirstWorks’ Facebook page from 7:30-8:00 p.m.

The films are all related to our willingness to hear, understand, and love one another. The exhibition explores the question: “Can we see each other?” and includes the following works:

“THEY STILL WANT TO KILL US”

Composed and performed by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR); Mezzo-soprano: J’Nai Bridges; Directed and edited by Yoram Savion; Director of photography: Sam Wolff; Produced by Sozo.

“I HAVE NOTHING TO DO EXCEPT LOVE”

Composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR); Libretto, vocals, and piano by Minna Choi; Directed, edited, and libretto by Dana Greenfield; with words from Simone Roumain; Cinematography by Sam Wolff; Dance and choreography by Sarah Bolander; Project management by Sozo Artists. Commissioned, developed, and produced by PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now.

“ABOUT FACE”

Spoken word poetry by Marc Bamuthi Joseph; Score by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR); Performed and choreographed by Drew Dollaz; Directed, filmed and edited by Yoram Savion; Produced by Rika Iino and Melissa Higgins | Sozo.

“FEAR”
Directed by Yoram Savion; Spoken word poetry by Marc Bamuthi Joseph; Score by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR); Director of photography: Gabrielle Blackwood; Produced by Rika Iino, Melissa Higgins and Yoram Savion | Sozo.

“REQUIEM, FOR THE LIVING, IN COLOR”

Score by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR); Film by Steer (Steerforward.com); Produced by FirstWorks, premiered at PVDFest 2020.

“OUR COUNTRY”

Score by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR); Performed and Choreographed by Drew Dollaz; Film by Steer (Steerforward.com); Cinematography by Sam Wolff; Produced by FirstWorks.

The exhibition will be open to the public during the Center’s regular business hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Thursday evenings until 9:00 p.m.

RELATED EVENTS:
“The Telling”, an extraordinary multimedia performance featuring over a dozen collaborators. NEW DATE: September 29, 2022 at WaterFire Arts Center. Learn more and get tickets here.
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New England Foundation for the ArtsThe creative development of “The Telling” and “The Seeing” was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ New Work New England program, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Seedlings Foundation, the Fund for the Arts at NEFA, and individual donors. This grant is in honor of Dr. Larry Simpson, a NEFA board member from 2006 –2020, including six years as chair, and a champion of the arts.
This program is made possible with additional support from Providence’s Department of Art Culture + Tourism, and the Aaron Roitman Fund for Chamber Music.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY INFO

All attendees of the opening reception must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with photo ID. Masks are required for all exhibition attendees.