Australia's Strange Fruit Two aerial performances of "Spheres"
Australia’s Strange Fruit fuses theater, dance and circus in performances that have amazed over 5 million people at prestigious events in more than 50 countries around the world, including the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Suspended above the crowd on 15-foot poles, the artists in "Spheres" become celestial beings, emerging from and rising above giant, illuminated globes in a cosmic, whimsical and awe-inspiring performance.
Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, this 25-minute nighttime performance features four daredevils telling a spectacular story of creation, life, the universe and freedom as they bend and sway to seemingly impossible angles, creating a hypnotizing aerial dance.
"... like living statues soaring between heaven and earth... their heads in the sky, hearts close to the sun... produced brilliantly eclectic images that pay homage to Michelangelo, Mary Poppins, Folon and Magritte." —Nord Éclair (France)
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Trance-inducing folk traditions of Southern Italy
Exploding with energy, passion, rhythm, and mystery, the seven-piece band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is Italy’s top act on the international world music circuit. These new-generation masters bring 21st-century life to the beautiful folk music of Italy’s past, passionately performing both tender love songs and the frenzied dance, pizzica tarantata - hurtling six-beat rhythms and songs that were used in ancient, ecstatic healing rituals to cure the bite of the tarantula.
Morocco's Ribab Fusion On tour as part of Center Stage
Joyful and magnetic, the Ribab Fusion ensemble celebrates Morocco’s "Amazigh" (Berber) culture – flying from ‘70s-style funk to Afropop dance vibes, from slow jams to high energy call and response choruses. The "ribab", a one-stringed bowed instrument, weaves this madcap sonic diversity together with sounds that are sometimes gritty, and sometimes soothing as a well played saxophone. Celebrate FirstWorks' 10th anniversary with Ribab Fusion's technically superb jazzy mix and sounds from another world.
An electrifying dose of Moroccan funk powered by a single string! U.S. Debut Tour
9/20/2014 7:00pm Downtown Providence - City Center
RI-Sounding Voices Creating a Statewide Chorus and New Work
RPM Voices will lead and direct RI-Sounding Voices, a statewide chorus that joins together choruses from across the Ocean State – and Rhode Islanders who just like to sing – in a unique musical melting pot of voices. RPM Voices will preview ONE VOICE, a new work to be premiered the next FirstWorks Festival on the Plaza (June 2015), together as one choral unit that embodies the state’s vast diversity.
ONE VOICE by RI-Sounding Voices is written and directed by Dr. Clarice LaVerne Thompson (Composer & Artistic Director), Shaunne N. Thomas (Producer & Moderator) and Cheryl S. Lopes (Managing Administrative Director), all of RPM Voices of Rhode Island.
Sidy Maïga is a master drummer from Bamako, Mali, West Africa, who specializes in djembe and dunun. For the last seven years he has lived in Rhode Island and has performed in venues all over the East Coast and elsewhere. He performs solo or with his group, AfriManding. From 2006 through 2009, Sidy was the Master Drummer in residence at Providence's Black Rep Theater. Since 2009, Sidy has been producing the annual Afrika Nyaga Drum and Dance Festival. A gifted teacher, Sidy has taught African Drumming in schools and universities throughout New England and New York. He has taught after school programs throughout Rhode Island and in 2011 was artist in residence for Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts in Providence. In 2011, Sidy was named the 2012 Folk Arts Fellowship winner from RI State Council on the Arts. He also won the MacColl Johnson Fellowship for Music Composition. He released his debut album, Malidén, in May of 2011 and is currently working on his second CD.
09/20/2014 Pre-Carnevale programming starts at 3:00 PM Downtown Providence - Providence Rink & Burnside Park
Connect with Providence's creative community!
In addition to enjoying our international guest artists, audiences will feast their eyes on visual arts from Providence's The Avenue Concept, a top emerging arts organization marrying public art and civic concerns, watch Tape Art transform a building facade, express their deepest hopes and dreams in a pre-Carnevale creative and spiritual ritual with The Providence Peace Flags Project, and marvel at FirstWorks Rising Stars, young virtuosos performing their cultural traditions.
3:00-5:00 PM: African drumming & dance class with Sidy Maiga
FirstWorks Rising Stars:
4:15-4:45 PM: Voces de los Andes
4:45-5:00 PM: Napua O’Polynesia
5:00-5:15 PM: JUMP!
5:15-5:30 PM: Brandon Weddell (drummer)
Ongoing: The Avenue Concept - Tape Art installation + Sculpture in Biltmore Park
tickets FREE - no ticket required
Connecting art with audiences across Rhode Island and beyond
Creative Conversation with Australia's Strange Fruit
Join FirstWorks and Urban Carnevale guest artists Australia's Strange Fruit for a free, creative conversation about performance, spectacle, and the unique form of aerial theater that this intriguing troupe has brought to over 450 million audience members world-wide.