September 28 – November 3
Creative Catalyst for Providence Connects Art to Audiences
PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 27, 2007 – FirstWorks announces the 4th annual FirstWorksProv Festival, produced in collaboration with the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, running from Sept. 28 – Nov. 3 in downtown Providence. FirstWorksProv is being developed through a unique public/private partnership to become a national arts attraction for Providence, drawing audiences from Rhode Island and beyond. The multi-genre festival champions “firsts” with innovative new work and artistic icons providing unforgettable performing arts experiences. FirstWorksProv Astonishment passes go on sale July 2. Highlights of this fall’s FirstWorksProv include:
* Pilobolus. These dazzling masters of invention have captivated audiences for more than three decades with movement that is at once daringly physical, artistic and full of humor. Includes NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE works. The company’s signature entangling of bodies and inescapable energy was recently featured at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St.), Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Individual tickets at 401-421-2787, www.ppacri.org
* BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY, Another Evening: I Bow Down. One of the world’s great dance companies erupts from the stage like an unstoppable force of nature with Jones himself performing in a landscape of natural disasters and personal reminiscences. With live music by Daniel Bernard Roumain and the young Bronx-based hardcore band Regain The Heart Condemned. PROVIDENCE PREMIERE. Veterans Memorial Auditorium Arts and Cultural Center (One Avenue of the Arts), Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Individual tickets at www.tickets.com, 800-919-6272, or the Box Office, 401-272-4862 (on sale July 10).Theater listing:
* OLD TROUT PUPPET WORKSHOP, Famous Puppet Death Scenes. Using the transformative medium of puppetry, the Old Trouts promise nothing less than a cure for your fear of death. A wickedly funny and oddly beautiful collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history with a dizzying variety of puppetry techniques and joyful tragedy. NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE. RISD Auditorium (17 Canal Street), Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Oct. 14, 3 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com Music listing:
* EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY. Bringing opera into the 21st century with its inventive arrangements of the “greatest hits,” a powerhouse five-piece band, string quartet, and two outstanding vocalists electrify the classics for a new generation. PROVIDENCE PREMIERE. Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St.), Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets at 401-421-2787, www.ppacri.org
* HAALE, Sufi-inspired music. NYC-based Haale and her band create a trance-inducing tapestry of sound through which she weaves Persian/Sufi poetry in a propulsive soundscape of electric guitars, percussion, and mystical lyrics. “A star on the rise!” (Washington Post). NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE. (location TBA) Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com
* AUREA ENSEMBLE, Earful of Enderby: An Homage to Anthony Burgess. Piano, violin, viola, cello, harmonica, and narrator meld in a signature Aurea premiere by composer Paul Phillips using Burgess’ own words. Includes Burgess’ setting of The Wasteland and works by composers who were a source of inspiration. WORLD PREMIERE. Beneficent Church Sanctuary (300 Weybosset St.), Oct. 13, 3 p.m. and Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com Multi-media listing:
* Pixilerations [v. 4]. Imagination-bending electronic art works, interactive performances, and video screenings. Presented with Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Sol Koffler Gallery, CIT,(169 Weyboset St.) exhibition open everyday Sept. 28-Oct. 13, noon-8 p.m.; URI/ASFCCE, The Shepard Building, (80 Washington St.), performances Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, 10 p.m. Pay what you can performances.
* LOSTWAX Multimedia Dance Theater, Melt. Enter a dynamic world of immersive sound, living hieroglyphs and dripping ice. Artist Jamie Jewett creates an interactive world dynamically inhabited by dancers wearing tiny wireless video cameras and infrared sensors that control spectacular mixing of live video with original footage of glaciers, ice caves and the cycle of water. Pell Chafee Performance Center, (87 Empire Street), Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com
FirstWorksProv, a month-long festival of premiere performances, world-class artists, multimedia spectacles, cutting-edge music and mind-bending electronic arts at multiple downtown venues, September 28-November 3, 2007. Full schedule at www.firstworksprov.org. Festival passes available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com
All-festival Astonishment Passes and build-your-own passes will be sold this year at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com. For a full schedule or more info about FirstWorksProv or its parent organization, FirstWorks, visit www.firstworksprov.org.
FirstWorksProv credits (as of 6/26): Produced by the City of Providence, Dept. of Art, Culture & Tourism, and made possible in part by Brown University Creative Arts Council, Johnson & Wales University, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island State Council on the Art and the State of Rhode Island. Season Supporters: Bank of America, The June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design, Textron, and Verizon. Media sponsors: B101, NBC 10 WJAR, Poder 1110, Providence En Español, and Providence Phoenix.
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