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FirstWorks Providence 2007
September 28 to November 3, 2007 Posted September 17, 2007


FirstWorks Providence
Performance Arts Festival
September 28 to November 3, 2007


FirstWorks takes over Providence for three sensational weekends of world-class performance, music, and multimedia events.

There's plenty of dance including the hugely popular Pilobolus and the Rhode Island premiere of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. See the schedule below for dates and times.





FIRST WORKS SCHEDULE




SEPTEMBER 28 through OCTOBER 13
Pixilerations v.4 Gallery Performance
191 Westminster St &
The Space at Alice
186 Union Street
Time: Thursdays, 11am-1pm, Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm-6pm
Free admission
A mind-bending showcase of digital art, this festival-within-a-festival investigates the state of New Media arts through installation, interactive concert performance and film/video screenings. Created in collaboration with Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Pixilerations [v.4] will feature:
* three concerts of interactive performance
* two installation galleries with international artists alongside regional artists
* film screening with Providence’s Magic Lantern Experimental Film Collaborative

See the Pixilerations website for dates and times of Pixilerations events.



SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28
Music
Haale, Sufi-inspired music

RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Time: 8pm
Price: $18.00
$12.00 rush tickets for students with school id
Tickets: www.arttixri.com or ArtTix Box Office at 401-621-6123
New York City based Haale and her band create a trance-inducing tapestry of sound, weaving Persian/Sufi poetry in a propulsive soundscape of electric guitars, percussion, and mystical lyrics. "A star on the rise!" (Washington Post)



SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29
Dance
Pilobolus

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybossett Street
Time: 8pm
Price: $45, $35, and $25
Tickets: PPAC or PPAC box office at 401-421-2787
These dazzling masters of invention have captivated audiences for more than three decades with a movement technique that is at once daringly physical, artistic and full of humor and delight. Back by popular demand, Pilobolus continues to entrance audiences across the globe with its signature entangling of bodies and inescapable energy.



OCTOBER 5 & 6
Music & Dance
Steve Jobe and Friends presents Music for Three Hurdy-Gurdies

Beneficent Church Sanctuary
Round Top Center
300 Weybosset St
Providence, RI 02903
Time: 8pm
Price: $18.00 general
Tickets: www.arttixri.com
Inspired by Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch, composer Steve Jobe has created an original score featuring hurdy-gurdies of increasing size and complexity. The performance showcases a fifteen-member ensemble of dancers, singers and instrumentalists weaving an exotic tapestry of sight and sounds using glass bells, gongs, violins, bagpipes, tromba marina and harp. Internationally recognized virtuosos Daniel Thonon (hurdy-gurdy) and Chris Turner (harmonica) work their magic.



SATURDAY OCTOBER 6
Opera/Music
East Village Opera Company

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybossett Street
Time: 8pm
Price: $50, $40, $30, and $205
Tickets: PPAC or PPAC box office at 401-421-2787
You've heard opera, and you've heard rock - but you've never heard opera rocked like the East Village Opera Company – a powerhouse five-piece band, a string quartet, and two outstanding vocalists. Bringing opera into the 21st century with its inventive, hard-hitting arrangements of opera's greatest hits, East Village Opera Company electrifies the classics for a new generation.



SATURDAY OCTOBER 13
Music
Aurea Ensemble: Hommage to A. B.: Words and Music of Anthony Burgess

Beneficent Church Sanctuary
300 Weybosset St
Providence, RI 02903
Time: 3pm
Price: $18.00 general
Tickets: www.arttixri.com
Anthony Burgess, the prolific 20th century novelist best known for A Clockwork Orange, was also a gifted composer who wrote music and books in equal abundance. This fascinating interconnection between Burgess's musical and literary personas is the subject of Aurea's latest two-part collage, Hommage to A.B.: Words and Music of Anthony Burgess.

The Saturday, October 13 performance will feature premieres of Burgess's String Quartet, Romanza for Harmonica and Piano, and The Wasteland, his musical setting of T.S. Eliot's masterpiece. Also included in this program is Stravinsky's Concertino for String Quartet and the World Premiere of A/B, a new work, supported in part by the RI State Council on the Arts, composed for Aurea by Paul Phillips.
Another performance featuring all different works takes place on Sunday October 14



SATURDAY OCTOBER 13
Puppet Theatre
Old Trout Puppet Workshop presents Famous Puppet Death Scenes

RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Time: 8pm
Price: $18.00
$12.00 rush tickets for students with school id
Tickets: www.arttixri.com or ArtTix Box Office at 401-621-6123
Famous Puppet Death Scenes utilizes object-theater, performance art and brilliantly articulated string and rod puppets to illustrate over 20 death scenes taken from the repertoire of puppetry. Played out in a hilarious style of visual innovation and haunting imagery, Fast Forward Magazine calls this touching portrayal of our mortal selves "beautiful and macabre... too intense to allow its audience to catch its breath, too beautiful for them to want to."



SUNDAY OCTOBER 14
Puppet Theatre
Old Trout Puppet Workshop presents Famous Puppet Death Scenes

RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Time: 2pm
Price: $18.00
$12.00 rush tickets for students with school id
Tickets: www.arttixri.com or ArtTix Box Office at 401-621-6123
Famous Puppet Death Scenes utilizes object-theater, performance art and brilliantly articulated string and rod puppets to illustrate over 20 death scenes taken from the repertoire of puppetry. Played out in a hilarious style of visual innovation and haunting imagery, Fast Forward Magazine calls this touching portrayal of our mortal selves "beautiful and macabre... too intense to allow its audience to catch its breath, too beautiful for them to want to."



SUNDAY OCTOBER 14
Music
Aurea Ensemble: Hommage to A. B.: Words and Music of Anthony Burgess

Beneficent Church Sanctuary
300 Weybosset St
Providence, RI 02903
Time: 7pm
Price: $18.00 general
Tickets: www.arttixri.com
Anthony Burgess, the prolific 20th century novelist best known for A Clockwork Orange, was also a gifted composer who wrote music and books in equal abundance. This fascinating interconnection between Burgess's musical and literary personas is the subject of Aurea's latest two-part collage, Hommage to A.B.: Words and Music of Anthony Burgess.

The Sunday, October 14 performance will feature premieres of Burgess's Sonatina for Harmonica and Guitar and Oboe Quartet plus the US Premiere of William Boyd's comic play Hommage to A.B., which incorporates several of Burgess's songs and shorter works. Music by Benjamin Britten will also be performed.
Another performance featuring all different works takes place on Saturday October 13



OCTOBER 26 & 27
Multimedia Dance
LOSTWAX Multimedia Dance Theater

Pell Chafee Performance Center
87 Empire Street
Time: 8pm
Price: $18.00 general
Tickets: www.arttixri.com
Enter a dynamic world of immersive sound, living hieroglyphs and dripping ice. In MELT 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. In this large-scale installation of hundreds of pounds of ice, LOSTWAX explores the encounter between Tibetan Buddhist iconography and hi-tech performance technology.



SATURDAY NOVEMBER 03
Dance
Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company

VMA Arts & Cultural Center
1 Avenue of the Arts
Time: 8pm
Price: $22 to $44
Tickets: http://purchase.tickets.com
Or in person at the VMA Box Office
In Another Evening: I Bow Down, Bill T. Jones reveals how personal stories and historical events converge, in an examination of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of disaster. Known for taking risks on stage, Bill T. Jones continues to push the boundaries of modern dance through unconventional collaborations in the latest incarnation of his evolving Another Evening series. Featuring live music by Daniel Bernard Roumain and the uncompromising sound of the young Bronx-based hardcore band Regain The Heart Condemned, Jones' company erupts from the stage like an unstoppable force of nature.


FIRST WORKS FESTIVAL PACKAGE PRICES

FirstWorks All-Festival Pass
For $100.00 get a pass for the entire festival. You'll save $74! For Tickets call 401.621.6123 or see ArtTix.

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Haale, Steve Jobe & Friends, Aurea Ensemble, Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Lostwax



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