Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

PVDFEST 2017

PVDFEST 2017
FIRSTWORKS ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transformed the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Produced by the City of Providence with Founding Partner, FirstWorks

Bike to Beer

BIKE TO BEER WITH CHRIS LASHUA OF CIRQUE MECHANICS

Grab a beer and a delicious homemade pretzel while chatting with Chris Lashua, Artistic Director of Cirque Mechanics. Find out about his biking background, which led to a stint with Cirque du Soleil. Hear about his troupe Cirque Mechanics, who will be kicking off our FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series at The Vets on October 29 with their performance Pedal Punk.

Cirque Mechanics

CIRQUE MECHANICS

You’ve never seen a circus like this! Hailed as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil” by Spectacle magazine, Cirque Mechanics returns to wow FirstWorks audiences with Pedal Punk, a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, and one-of-a-kind machines.

Paul Taylor Legacy Project

PAUL TAYLOR LEGACY PROJECT: ART IN MOTION

Arguably the greatest living choreographer across the 20th and 21st centuries, Paul Taylor continues to create works that are vibrant, powerful, and thoroughly new. This season FirstWorks celebrates Mr. Taylor with an expansive project connecting audiences with art, dance, music and American history.
Cranston Street Armory silkscreen by Walker Mettling

Armory Animated by Art

ARMORY ANIMATED BY ART

Cranston St. Armory: Animated by Art uses the arts as a focal point to engage community stakeholders around envisioning a bright future and multiple creative uses for this historic site, built in 1907 in the heart of Providence’s West End neighborhood.

Rennie Harris PUREMOVEMENT

RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT
American Street Dance Theater

The sensational, world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris—believed by many to be the best living hip-hop dancer/artist on earth—takes the FirstWorks stage with his namesake company in a 25th anniversary program featuring the most exciting, compelling and acclaimed pieces from their repertoire.

Aurea Crossings

AUREA ENSEMBLE
World Premiere! Crossings

Featuring pipa player Yang Wei of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Rhode Island’s own performance ensemble with a superb string quartet at its heart.

Jazz at Lincoln Center JAZZ & DEMOCRACY

2016 ARTS LEARNING: JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER

Professional Development and All-school Assembly. Great opportunity for Social Studies, History and Music teachers! CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FLYER

ASAP Symposium 2016

ASAP 2016 SYMPOSIUM: DESIGNING THE NEXT STEPS

A day of workshops, community classes, discussion, design, lecture/demonstration, and art installations. In its fourth year, the ASaP Symposium explores holistic, artistic interventions for diverse populations. This year’s focus is on the power of design and the implementation of arts programming in the medical field. FREE REGISTRATION