A Presentation of "Trois Venues"
Have you ever traveled to Europe and explored the city squares of Italy or France? Dotted along St. Mark’s Square, around the Trevi Fountain in Rome, and in small groups peering up at the grandiose Eiffel Tower in Paris, you’ll find a communal gathering of people leisurely strolling for a daytime or evening promenade. Whether you stroll along the banks of the waterfront in Europe or in downtown Providence’s Waterplace Park with new acquaintances, close friends, or visitors to the Renaissance City in search of a way to slow down, to saunter or to take pleasure in the streets lined with people, a feeling of tranquility surrounds you.
With each step, your senses capture the invigorating and matchless display of nature’s elements. Watch the sleek Gondolas slide past you in a river glowing with fire while the black-clad fire tenders stoke each brazier. Inhale the perfumed scented air of incense, pine, and cedar, as the flame from the wood in the metal basins anchored atop the rivers sparkle through the air as dancing embers,
As you step back into an arena of ancient times, the pure pleasure of understanding the one of a kind rebirth of downtown Providence and Evans’ masterpiece, allows you to survey your senses.
Not only is WaterFire a multi-sensory event, it mirrors its founding European counterparts. According to Tim Ray, Director of Public Affairs at WaterFire, “Waterfire is to Providence what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.”
Today, in the Renaissance City a new transformation of the artistic talent and understanding so noted by Evans emerges as a trio of innovative venues and at the same time showcasing Evans popular WaterFire.
Walk further along the banks of the river to an amazing event about to take place. Enter the trio of scarlet curtains draped behind the keystones on the Turks Head Building located in the financial district; include a raised dance floor donned with colorful lights, and an elevated stage for performers and musicians. Add the audience waiting in anticipation of an event about to take place at the Sovereign Plaza Ballroom.
The Cape Verde music of Maria de Barros, Danca Ma Mi, Dance with Me touches you as you sense togetherness from the crowd According to Maria, when asked what she liked the most about performing, she stated, “the most exciting thing is when people respond to my music even though a lot don’t understand the words.” And to explore the third venue, stroll along the banks to the Dyer Street dock.
WaterFire continues along the famed riverfront of downtown Providence until late October. Log on to www.waterfire.org for a complete schedule and join in the sharing of heightened emotions, feelings, and thoughts.