Artistic integrity is off the charts!”

– National Endowment for the Arts

Philip Glass

PHILIP GLASS

PHILIP GLASS

This season, we engage with a game-changing artistic icon and the ideas that have powered his creative, cross-genre collaborations.
A dark image of feet in white sneakers on a board placed on the ground

Phantom Notes

PHANTOM NOTES
by Vatic Kuumba and Orlando Hernández

Gold, Silver, and Coin make a world of time.
Prayer is in the ear of the river.
Phantom Notes, a new work by Vatic Kuumba and Orlando Hernández originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, twilight-sunrise, has been postponed. Stay tuned to first-works.org for a new date, to be announced.
A PVDFest summer happening.

PERFORMANCES

PERFORMANCES

Dazzling cultural performances. Provocative discussions with legendary artists. World-class music and dance. The driving force behind this summer’s Providence International Arts Festival, FirstWorks offers eye-popping spectacle and performance all year long.

PEDAL PUNK GUIDE

CIRQUE MECHANICS
Pedal Punk

From a special student matinee performance of Pedal Punk. Topics: History of circus, history of the bicycle, simple machines, theater arts
Man playing a violin with a boy also playing the violin

PD Highlights DBR

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

In April 2020, FirstWorks hosted a live Professional Development Workshop via Zoom with composer, violinist, educator, and activist Dr. Daniel Bernard Roumain for 40 local K-12 educators and artists titled “Teaching Tolerance with Music.” DBR was joined by esteemed artist-educators Liz Lerman and Michael Rohd.

Paul Taylor: Creative Domain

FILM SCREENING
Paul Taylor: Creative Domain

Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and respected choreographers. This film is an unprecedented exploration of how Mr. Taylor creates a single dance, and between the guarded and unguarded moments, the viewer is witness to a mysterious work ethic that has created some of the most iconic modern dances of our time.

Paul Taylor’s America

LUNCH TALK
Paul Taylor’s America: Songs of Innocence & Experience

In this illustrated lecture, Taylor’s biographer Suzanne Carbonneau will look at how Taylor’s dances have chronicled both shining ideals and uncomfortable truths about America. Lunch will be served.
FREE – RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED
Presented in partnership with American Dance Legacy Initiative

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.