Recent surveys have recognized the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island as being leaders in the fields of arts and entertainment. One of the reasons for that high honor is FirstWorks, that innovative organization that prides itself in bringing “an amazing array of firsts from creative pioneers defining the art of our time,” according to Executive Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher.
So far this year we have enjoyed Brooklyn Rider, the genre-defying string quartet that plays the works of Bach, Mozart, Glass and Zorn like you’ve never heard them before, plus the queen of performance art, Laurie Anderson, who presented “Delusion” at VMA to a huge audience.
This Saturday night we will be at PPAC to see Momix perform their new creation, “Botanica.” This is the fourth time we have seen this innovative dance group, and every time they amaze us with their originality and pure talent.
FirstWorks has just announced the Rhode Island appearance of two legendary artists coming to the Vets in 2012. Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Dance Company will perform on March 10. Tony Award winner Jones will unveil his new multi-disiplinary premiere, “Story/Time.” One of the wonders of the musical world, Bobby McFerrin, will dazzle his audience at Vets on May 10, with his first Rhode Island performance. (We saw him years ago at the Zeiterion in Massachusetts. McFerrin turns his incredible voice into a plethora of musical instruments. So, “don’t worry/be happy” at this FirstWorks show.
Tickets are on sale now at 421-ARTS.