PVDFest, Part 2: Performance Art

From the facade of a downtown building to the city streets below, performance art is the star of PVDFest.

Yesterday we named the top foodie attractions at this week’s PVDFest, June 1 to 4. Today, we’re tackling performance art — and that’s no small feat. Dancers, poets, acrobats and thespians will roam the city, high and low, for four straight days. Here are six can’t-miss performances to catch:

BANDALOOP WITH CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON

Via BANDALOOP.

  • When: Preview on 6/1 at 1:30 p.m.; shows on 6/2 at 8 p.m., 6/3 at 8 and 10 p.m.
  • Where: Spectacle Stage, 10 Dorrance St.
  • The Details: BANDALOOP stunned us all back in 2012, and they’re returning to debut a brand-new, site-specific work inspired by our little city. The dancers/acrobats perform routines dangling from the facade of a building as spectators crane their necks and hold their breath. This year, spoken word poet Christopher Johnson joins the troupe — from the ground, we hope, for his sake — in a collaborative effort that elevates the voices of local performers in a very grand way.

FRINGEPVD

  • When: 6/3, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Adrian Hall Way
  • The Details: If uncensored theater is your jam, head to the FRINGEPVD stage for selections from the Providence Fringe Festival, which runs in July. It’s tough to predict what you’ll see, but FRINGEPVD revels in the beauty of surprise.

BIG NAZO INTERGALACTIC CREATURE DANCE PARTY

  • When: 6/3 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: FirstWorks Plaza Stage, 27 Exchange St.
  • The Details: These creatures know how to get down. The Rhode Island-crafted alien puppets turn an everyday dance party into a true work of art. Bonus: You won’t be the weirdest looking dancer on the floor.

THE DARK LADY PRESENTS: TRANSFORMATIONS

  • When: 6/3 at 5, 9 and 11 p.m.
  • Where: 63 Snow St.
  • The Details: The first two drag shows are hosted by Yolandi Fizzure and the last show of the night is hosted by the beloved Jacqueline DiMera with the Speak Sleasy Girls. Trinity Rep’s Joe Wilson Jr. serves as a guest speaker.

POETRY SLAM

  • When: 6/3 at 5 p.m.
  • Where: Grant’s Block, Westminster Street
  • The Details: See the state’s best spoken word poets battle it out on the PVDFest stage.

PROJECT 401

  • When: 6/3 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Grant’s Block, Westminster Street
  • The Details: The dance group, which uses “use hip hop culture to engage with communities and relay positive social messages to youth,” performs.

Visit RIMonthly.com this week for guides to PVDFest’s music and visual arts attractions.

 

 

 

 

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