FIRSTWORKS FRONTIER SERIES KICK OFF TOMORROW
GROUNDBREAKING PERFORMANCES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
From the wind-swept steppes of Central Asia… to the snow-covered streets of Providence comes QYRQ QYZ / Forty Girls – an epic story of the Central Asian Amazons told through live music, poetry and film. Join us tomorrow night at RISD for this can’t-miss event!
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.
* A handicapped-accessible entrance with a wheelchair lift is located at the RISD Auditorium’s north entrance
Residency made possible, in part, with support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
COMING UP NEXT!
BETSAYDA: THE VOICE OF VENEZUELA
THIS SUNDAY MARCH 18, 7:00 PM AT RISD AUDITORIUM A spirit-shaking percussion and voice fiesta!
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.
MANUAL CINEMA – LULA DEL RAY
APRIL 7, 8:00 PM AT MOSES BROWN WOODMAN CENTER “Theatrical magic…astounding” – The New York Times
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.