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FirstWorks Frontier Series kicks off next week at RISD

FirstWorks Frontier Series 2018 (Pictured: Qyrq Qyz/Forty Girls)
FIRSTWORKS FRONTIER SERIES KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK
GROUNDBREAKING PERFORMANCES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
From the wind-swept steppes of Central Asia, to a sizzling dance party hot off the streets of Venezuela, to the festival circuit’s most innovative live cinematic puppet theatre – let FirstWorks take you there!
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SERIES KICKOFF: QYRQ QYZ / FORTY GIRLS
WED. MARCH 14, 7:30 PM AT RISD AUDITORIUM
Experience an epic story of the Central Asian Amazons told through live music, poetry and contemporary film.
QYRQ QYZ / FORTY GIRLS
Across the steppes of Central Asia, modern bards still sing the tale of Gulayim, the teenage warrior who defended ancient clans from Eastern invaders with the help of her qyrq qyz, or 40 girls, Amazons of Turkic legend… 

This powerful matriarchal narrative comes to full-throated life through the next generation of Turkic female poets and musicians, performing live against a backdrop of stunning film directed by Uzbek video artist Saodat Ismailova.

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Presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Provost’s Office, Rhode Island School of Design
PANEL TALK & COMMUNITY DINNER 
THE INSPIRATION OF TRADITION: CENTRAL ASIAN COOL
THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 5:30 PM AT RISD TAP ROOM
Uzbek filmmaker Saodat Ismailova discusses her epic journey to bring the Central Asian steppes to the screen and stage.
Reservations are required. Contact Holly Taylor at FirstWorks: 401-421-4278.
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Made possible, in part, with support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
BETSAYDA: THE VOICE OF VENEZUELA
SUNDAY MARCH 18, 7:00 PM AT RISD AUDITORIUM
A spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta!
BETSAYDA MACHADO
With their “singular, passionate, and purposeful voices” (NPR), Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado and her multigenerational band of musicians and dancers La Parranda El Clavo take the stage for their FirstWorks Frontier Series Providence debut. Hailing from the tiny Venezuelan village El Clavo—where their music has been igniting parties in the town square for over 30 years—these masterful performers invite audiences to discover, indulge, and celebrate the contagious beats of tambor, a genre of Venezuelan Afro-Soul said to make dancers float. Listen to an interview on MergingArts.
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Presented in partnership with RISD Liberal Arts
COMING UP IN APRIL
MANUAL CINEMA – LULA DEL RAY

APRIL 7, 8:00 PM AT MOSES BROWN WOODMAN CENTER
“Theatrical magic…astounding” – The New York Times
MANUAL CINEMA - LULA DEL RAY
Manual Cinema transforms our experience of attending the cinema, masterfully weaving together shadow puppetry, theatre, cinematic techniques, multi-channel sound design and live music to create haunting, immersive stories that have taken the performance world by storm.

Inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story set in the mid-century American Southwest. A lonely girl living on the outskirts of a vast satellite array, Lula runs away from her desert home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment.

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Presented in partnership with Moses Brown School
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Experience all three cutting-edge performances for the price of two!
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