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A new signature event
for the Creative Capital!
June 11-14, 2015
Discover the city center as
it comes to life with firsts
in arts, music and spectacle
Experience an extravaganza of
performances & installations
throughout the city
This Friday! Noche Flamenca
starring Soledad Barrio
The art and passion of flamenco
Artistic Icons Series
at The Vets: Mummenschanz,
Philip Glass, & Noche Flamenca
Coming next: World Premiere
Lostwax Multimedia Dance
Save the date: June 11-14
2015 Providence International
Arts Festival
FirstWorks Arts-Learning
introduces Regina Carter
to Rhode Island music students
FirstWorks Arts-Learning
Jazz at Lincoln Center
connect students to The Jazz Age
Enrich the lives of children
Join our FirstWorks friends
with a pledge to our Annual Fund
Artistic integrity is off the charts!
FirstWorks Urban Carnevale

9/20/2014   7:30 & 9:30pm
Downtown Providence - Providence Rink

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.

FREE - no ticket required

   "... 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)

9/20/2014   8:00pm
Downtown Providence - Providence Rink

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.

FREE - no ticket required

   "utterly beguiling and trance-inducing"
—The New Yorker

09/20/2014   5:30pm
Downtown Providence - Providence Rink

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.

FREE - no ticket required

   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.

FREE - no ticket required

   Rhode Island voices together as one voice...

09/20/2014   10:00pm
Downtown Providence - Providence Rink

Sidy Maiga & AfriManding
w/Michelle Cruz & Brown African Dance Troupe

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.

FREE - no ticket required

   Rhythm and dance of West Africa

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

FREE - no ticket required

   Connecting art with audiences across Rhode Island and beyond

9/20/2014   2:00 pm
RISD Exposé Gallery - 204 Westminster Street, Providence

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.

FREE - no ticket required

   Part of FirstWorks Pre-Carnevale programming


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