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FirstWorks Providence 2008
October 2 to November 9, 2008 Posted September 29, 2008


FirstWorks Festival 2008
Performance Arts Festival
October 2 to November 9, 2008


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

Dance is well represented with headliners, Compagnie Heddy Maalem's The Rite of Spring and RI favorite, Momix. Also check out performance art by Credo Theatre. See the schedule below for all performances.





FIRST WORKS SCHEDULE




October 2 though October 12
Pixilerations v.5 Gallery Performance
Sol Koffler Gallery
169 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI, 02903
Times: Opening October 2: 6 to 9
all other days -, 12noon to 8pm
Free admission
Pixilerations website

Pixilerations [v.5] is a new media exhibition and festival in Providence,Rhode Island. With over sixty artists exhibiting and performing, it offers a rare opportunity to view work that incorporates non-traditional materials such as sound, biotechnology, interactive games, holography, robotics, and virtual environments. Pixilerations is curated by leading experts in the field, and co-sponsored by RISD and Brown University.

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



Thursday October 2
Artists Up Close - Pixilerations
Westminster Street Gallery
191 Westminster St
Providence RI
Time: 7pm
Free admission
Pixilerations website

Interactive gallery installations, surround-sound electronic media concerts, experimental nightclub jams, and video art will animate downtown Providence for Pixilerations [v.5]: fragments & (w)holes, part of the 2008 FirstWorks Festival. Pixilerations expands in its fifth year to host two special guest artists: Heidi Kumao, a video and machine artist, and Gail Wight, a conceptual artist who tests the limits of science.

Join both guest artists for a discussion of their work and the state of New Media and interactive art.



Thursday October 2
Music
Lo Cor de la Plana

RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Time: 8pm
Evening JumpStart pre-show performance, 7:15pm
Price: $18.00
$12.00 rush tickets for students with school id
Tickets: www.arttixri.com or ArtTix Box Office at 401-621-6123

With deep Mediterranean roots, African influences and touches of Gregorian chant, Lo Cor de la Plana (pronounced Loo cooar day la plan) stirs the soul. From the quarter of La Plaine in Marseilles, of this all-male vocal ensemble are accompanied by rhythmic percussions, picaments of their feet and bataments of their hands. Singing in the medieval Occitan language of southern France, the group’s intricate a cappella harmonies transcend translation with lively songs that soar between the dissonant and the sacred



Friday October 3
talk
Artist Up Close

RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Time: 530pm
Price: free

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) reads from his essay, What One Must Do: comments and asides on musical philosophy in DJ Spooky's new book, Sound Unbound published by MIT Press.



Friday October 3
music
DBR with DJ Scientific and Providence String Quartet

RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Time: 8pm
Evening JumpStart pre-show performance, 7:15pm
Price: $18.00
$12.00 rush tickets for students with school id
Tickets: www.arttixri.com or ArtTix Box Office at 401-621-6123

A superb classical violinist with a rock-star persona and hip-hop credentials, Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR) fuses his classical music roots with soundscapes celebrating traditional Haitian music and rhythms. The genre-jumping DBR unveils the world premiere of Kompa Variations, an ear-opening composition commissioned by Providence's Community MusicWorks, "a revolutionary organization" (The New Yorker). With house-shaking beats from DJ Scientific, DBR is making music to start conversations. It will be an evening, in DBR's words, "about Paganini, but also about Prince".



Friday October 3
music
Club Pixel

Tazza Cafe
191 Westminster St
Providence RI
Time: 10pm
Free admission

Pixilerations v.5 concert performance
Kick off the Pixilerations festival in a celebratory night of electronic performance from the world of DJ culture, where innovation and festivity are one. Featuring the MEME Ensemble, Alex Kotch, James Moses, Joshua Fried, and Kevin Wilson.



Saturday October 4
performance
Credo Theatre, Daddy's Always Right

RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Providence RI
Time: 8pm
Evening JumpStart pre-show performance, 7:15pm
Price: $18.00
$12.00 rush tickets for students with school id
Tickets: www.arttixri.com or ArtTix Box Office at 401-621-6123

Consummate theatrical clowns transform a bare stage into a winter fairyland complete with drifts of dazzling snow in a moving story for adults which remind us of the true value of simple things. With stunning puppet techniques and a little bit of magic, Nina Dimitrova and Vassil Vassilev-Zuek created this performance for the worldwide celebration of the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Anderson’s birth. Credo performances have toured the globe, including the London stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Appropriate for adults and families – ages 10 and up



Sunday October 5
performance
Chris Turner & The Maxi Minimals Terry Riley's In C

Waterplace Park
or
Rain Location
RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Providence RI
Time: 8pm
Evening JumpStart pre-show performance, 7:15pm
Price: free

Providence artistic treasure Chris Turner creates a musical happening as he gathers friends and the community to perform In C, a work heralded as changing the course of 20th century music. California composer Riley has been acclaimed by the London Sunday Times as "one of the 1,000 makers of the 20th century" for his impact on the rock world and artists like Brian Eno. Relentlessly and joyously rhythmic, In C is the most popular and performed piece of classical music of our time. Expect a unique musical experience and life-affirming community event!



Tuesday October 7
sound and sight
Pixelerations, the acousmatic concert

Grand Recital Hall
Brown University
Providence RI
Time: 8pm
Free admission

Pixilerations v.5 concert performance
Surround-sound computer music and visual experiments featuring work by Jeffery Hass, Stephen Travis Pope, Robert Dow, Pau de Nut, Jen-Kuang Chang, Eleazar Garzon, Arvid Tomayko-Peters, Freida Abtan, Aaron Acosta, and Mei-ling Lee.



Wednesday October 8
sight
Pixelerations, Video art

Cable Car Cinema
204 S Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
Time: 930pm
Price: $5.00

Pixilerations v.5 concert performance
The Magic Lantern hosts a night of video art testing the limits of the moving, digital image. Unexpected visuals range from stunning animation to poignant formal studies, featuring the work of Brian Chin, Dave Griffiths, Michael Hersrud, Andreas Zingerle, Anton Hecht, Birkbeck & Duffy, Blair Neal, Brian DeLevie and Isshaela Ingham, Chikashi Miyama, Daniel Foerste, Henry Gwiazda, Kevin McConnell, Maggi Payne, Mike Hannon and Irene Buckley, Sarah Buckius, Susan Bowman, Conor O'Kelly-Lynch, and Pauline Sierra.



Wednesday October 8
talk
Artist Up Close - Universes

Providence Black Rep
Westminster Street
Providence RI
Time: 6pm
Price: free

Universes discusses their use of poetry in performance and other techniques for breaking new ground in theater.



Thursday October 9
music & word
Universes, Live from the Edge

RISD Auditorium
Canal Walkway at Market Square
South Main & College Streets
Providence RI
Time: 8pm
Evening JumpStart pre-show performance, 7:15pm
Price: $18.00
$12.00 rush tickets for students with school id
Tickets: www.arttixri.com or ArtTix Box Office at 401-621-6123
Pixilerations website

Fusing poetry, jazz riffs, hip-hop, down home blues and Spanish boleros, Universes delivers a unique theatrical experience that is reshaping American theatre. This boundary-smashing troupe of five multi-disciplined performers hailing from the South Bronx blends the theatre and the street with humor and emotional truth. The electric, kinetic performance features the powerhouse contralto voice of Mildred Ruiz, who can fill stadiums and set nearby bodies thrumming.

Friday October 10

performance & sound
Pixilerations: fragments & (w)holes, concert

URI Shepard Auditorium
80 Washington Street
Providence RI 02903
Time: 10pm
Price: free
Pixilerations website

Pixilerations v.5 concert performance
Groundbreaking electronic and interactive performances featuring Jacob Richmond, Lucky Leone, Arvid Tomayko-Peters, Maggi Payne, Hugo Solis, Lyn Goeringer, and Butch Rovan.



Saturday Ocotber 11
music
Dan Zanes and Friends

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybossett Street
Time: 8pm
Price: $30, $23, and $15
Tickets: PPAC or PPAC box office at 401-421-2787

In the world of family music, Grammy Award-winning Dan Zanes is a total superstar. The former lead singer for The Del Fuegos, Dan and his band perform exuberant folk-rock music for enthusiastic kids and their equally enthusiastic parents. Dan's totally fun live performance includes music from his just released CD, Nueva York, and a delightful mix of sea chanteys, Broadway tunes, West Indian folk music, good ol' fashioned rock and roll and lots more. It's one big music party, and everyone's invited!



Saturday October 11
performance & sound
Pixilerations: fragments & (w)holes, concert

URI Shepard Auditorium
Washington Street
Providence RI
Time: 10pm
Price: free
Pixilerations website

Pixilerations v.5 concert performance
Groundbreaking electronic and interactive performances featuring Jon Christopher Nelson, Brian Knoth, Steven Kemper, Alessandro Cipriani, and Christopher Biggs.



Monday October 20
dance talk
Artist Up Close - Heddy Maalem

Room 001
Salomon Center
Brown University
Providence RI
Time: 7pm to 830pm
Price: free

French-Algerian choreographer Heddy Maalem discusses his inspiration for Le Sacre du Printemps, last in a trilogy of dances inspired by his time in Lagos, Nigeria. Le Sacre explores the fertile cacophony found in this city of 12 million, where rhythms of urban modernity collide with the rhythms of tribal Africa.



Tuesday October 21
dance
Compagnie Heddy Maalem The Rite of Spring

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybossett Street
Time: 8pm
Price: $30, $23, and $15
Tickets: PPAC or PPAC box office at 401-421-2787

Music is set ablaze as fourteen utterly distinct dancers from Mali, Benin, Nigeria and Senegal come together for Heddy Maalem’s explosive interpretation of The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps). Maalem's Rite is placed in urban Africa and inspired by the choreographer's time in Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 12 million people. Highly dynamic dance sequences are intertwined with intense scenes of film projections exemplifying the unpredictability of human emotion - a provocative contrast to the music. Heddy Maalem was born in Algeria. His extensive training in boxing and aikido continue to influence his choreography, which is marked by precision, sparse vocabulary and clarity.



Friday November 7
music
Providence Singers
with Boston Modern Orchestra Project Blessed Sacrament Church

Blessed Sacrament Church
179 Academy Avenue
Providence RI
Time: 8pm (also on Sunday at 2pm)
Tickets: $24.00 in advance, $26.00 at the door
Seniors: $24.00, students $5.00
Time: 8pm
Evening JumpStart pre-show performance, 7:15pm
Tickets: Order Tickets Online

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento’s dramatic cantata crowns a program fitting for Rhode Island’s heritage as the Ocean State. Sounds of sea chanteys, a whale's melody performed by three trombones, work songs and 14th century English poetry tell the all-ages story of Jonah. The rafter-shaking, 100-voice Providence Singers, under the direction of Andrew Clark, come together in an unprecedented collaboration with Boston Modern Orchestra Project (the nation's leading ensemble dedicated to new music), two soloists and narrator.



Saturday November 8
dance
Momix - Best of

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybossett Street
Time: 8pm
Price: $48, $38, and $28
Tickets: PPAC or PPAC box office at 401-421-2787

Is it illusion or reality? With spectacle that defies gravity, MOMIX makes you gaze in awe and wonder as its dance-movement-magicians fool the naked eye using light, shadow, humor, and the human body. Marvel at the very best of MOMIX, a company that – after 20 years – continues to capture the imagination of audiences worldwide with luminous fantasy and theatrical brilliance.



Sunday November 9
music
Providence Singers
with Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Blessed Sacrament Church
179 Academy Avenue
Providence RI
Time: 8pm (also on Sunday at 2pm)
Tickets: $24.00 in advance, $26.00 at the door
Seniors: $24.00, students $5.00
Time: 8pm
Evening JumpStart pre-show performance, 7:15pm
Tickets: Order Tickets Online

Jonah and the Whale
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento’s dramatic cantata crowns a program fitting for Rhode Island’s heritage as the Ocean State. Sounds of sea chanteys, a whale's melody performed by three trombones, work songs and 14th century English poetry tell the all-ages story of Jonah. The rafter-shaking, 100-voice Providence Singers, under the direction of Andrew Clark, come together in an unprecedented collaboration with Boston Modern Orchestra Project (the nation's leading ensemble dedicated to new music), two soloists and narrator.



FIRST WORKS FESTIVAL PACKAGE PRICES

FirstWorks All-Festival Pass
For $100.00 get a pass with premie seating for the entire festival. You'll save over 50% of individual ticket prices. For Tickets call 401.621.6123 or see ArtTix.

Share the Experience Discount
4 Tickets for $60.00
For RISD audito performancres
art tix does thisSpecify ticket type as 'Share the Experience' when purchasing online. Under this option, you must enter '1' as "number of tickets. For Tickets call 401.621.6123 or see ArtTix



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