Exciting performances at Waterfire

Bronwyn Dannenfesler, Director of Resource Development, Tyler Dobrowsky, Associate Director of Trinity Repertory Company and Orlando Hernandez, play “Romeo” stopped by the Rhode Show to talk about the upcoming performance.

 WaterFire Providence has announced the exciting new details for the full lighting on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016. The full lighting is sponsored by Cox Business. Sunset is at 8:12 p.m. The fires will be lit shortly thereafter and burn until midnight.

WaterFire Providence welcomes back long time sponsor and community partner Cox Business. “For 15 years, Cox Business has been a proud co-sponsor of WaterFire, and it just gets bigger and better every year,” said Ross L. Nelson, vice president of Cox Business. “Supporting the local economy is an important issue for us, and WaterFire is the perfect example of how an idea can become a significant catalyst for economic growth in our state. And it’s a great night out in Providence.”

Approximately one hour prior to sunset, in front of the WWII Memorial, “The Ladies of the Rolling Pin Morris Dancing Group” will perform “Border (of England and Wales) Morris” dance routines which date back hundreds of years. LORP was founded by Marjie Stevens and Susan Olson in Wakefield, RI in 1998. Dancers wear black dresses, chef hats and aprons and use rolling pins in their movement as well as percussive instruments.

At 6:30 p.m., Trinity Repertory Company, in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts, will present  the final performance of their Shakespeare en el Verano (Shakespeare in the Summer) tour. Their bilingual English-Spanish adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be presented on the Waterplace Basin Stage. Adapted by Arte Latino of New England (ALNE) director Saúl Ramos and directed by Trinity Rep’s associate artistic director Tyler Dobrowsky, the production has been touring throughout Providence since July 9, 2016. The performance is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. No reservation is required.

Festival Ballet Providence will be performing on the Basin Stage at 8:20 p.m. Advanced students from Festival Ballet Providence’s Summer Dance Intensive will be performing a program that features a range of styles from classical to contemporary. The program concludes with a scene from Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and will lead into the lighting ceremony. The collaborative performance piece will feature Puck and the four companions of the moon circling the basin and lighting the WaterFire braziers as they travel down the river to the bay.

Visit the National Grid charging stations on College Street (at the intersection of College and Main Streets) and Canal Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza, in partnership with Bryce Studio, is happening again on both Washington Street and Steeple Street from 6:00 – 11:30 p.m., this outdoor artisan fair will showcase some of the great artwork created in Rhode Island in mediums such as glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will offer visitors the opportunity to purchase artwork by Rhode Island-based artists. Visit iHeartMedia’s pop-up tent on Steeple Street, featuring Coast 93.3, for some pre-fire entertainment from 6-8 p.m.

The Starry, Starry Night Installation will shine brightly in Memorial Park. Join thousands of WaterFire visitors in Memorial Park where the public is encouraged to add their own light to the night. For a small donation to WaterFire, make a wish upon a star or place your very own message and luminaria candle lantern in the park. The park will be aglow with hanging blue stars and a constellation of twinkling luminaria candle lanterns below.

WaterFire’s favorite characters are back!

  • At the World War I monument in Memorial Park, Ten31 Productions will return with their interactive living statues and gargoyles in Memorial Park shortly after lighting.
  • Fire dancers Spogga Hash, Benjamin Reynolds and Julia Jerome will dazzle the crowds during several performances throughout the evening at the confluence and on the wall of braziers in Memorial Park.
  • Mime artist Michael Grando will perform in costume as the Commedia dell’arte character Pierrot, as he cruises the river tossing carnations to visitors along the shore.

There are 6 full fire dates remaining for the 2016 season: July 23rd, August 6th, August 20th, September 24th, October 1st, and November 5th. We are hoping to add more! WaterFire is still looking for additional community support to add more dates to the 2016 season to continue making Providence a better place to live, work and visit. For information about sponsoring or supporting WaterFire Providence, please contact Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development at 401-273-1155 or bronwyn@waterfire.org.

WaterFire is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement, and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. The powerful work of art is installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence as a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. To learn more about WaterFire or make a donation visit http://watefire.org or https://www.facebook.com/waterfireprovidence.

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