FirstWorks Arts & Mark Morris Dance Group to Present Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community

FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group, have formed a partnership to present Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community. The series kicks off today and includes master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars that provide unique opportunities for investigation.

Widening the Circle is anchored by American Dance Legacy Initiative's Mini-Fest on February 26 - March 2 at Brown University, and FirstWorks' presentation of an exhilarating evening of live music and dance with the Mark Morris Dance Group, one of the world's leading dance companies, at The Vets on March 8.

Today, Widening the Circle kicks off with a Salon presented by the Providence Athenaeum. Join Peter Bramante, managing director of FirstWorks; Julie Strandberg, co-founder/artistic director of American Dance Legacy Initiative and co-founder/co-director of Artists and Scientists as Partners, and founding director of dance at Brown University; and Rachel Balaban, co-director of Artists and Scientists as Partners and Dance for PD (Parkinson's disease) instructor. Free and open to the public. Friday, February 21, 5-7pm, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence.

Next, FirstWorks presents a conversation with Mark Morris Dance Group founder and artistic director Mark Morris on his body of work and thoughts on building community through the arts. The conversation will be moderated by Debra Cash, senior critic for ArtsFuse.org, scholar-in-residence at the Bates Dance Festival and former scholar at Jacob's Pillow. Free and open to the public, pre-registration is recommended. Wednesday, February 26, 5-6pm at Brown University's Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street, Providence.

FirstWorks invites you to participate in this bold collaboration between organizations. Catch an Artist-Up-Close conversation, take a master class, explore the Mini-Fest and Symposium events; and join FirstWorks for Mark Morris Dance Group's landmark performance at The Vets on March 8. Visit the Widening the Circle portal site for the full series schedule at wideningthecircle.weebly.com.




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