September 4th, 2016 – Full Lighting

September 4th, 2016 – Full Lighting

Sponsored by the Providence Tourism Council.

Providence Tourism Council

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

WEATHER UPDATE: Weather looks great, clear, no rain, perhaps some breeze.  Please come join us. All events are proceeding as planned.  Updates will be posted here if needed.  We look forward to seeing you tonight. Updated: 9/4/2016 4:45 a.m.

Sunset: 7:15 p.m.
Lighting time:  7:35 p.m.
The fires will remain lit until 12:30 a.m.
Music Program

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting begins shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.

Visiting from out of town? Check out our Plan Your Trip to Providence guide, it’s jam packed with info about parking, public transport, restaurants, hotels, and more.

Enjoy special accommodation packages from our hospitality partners

Providence area hotels will be presenting several special hospitality packages, so this is a great weekend to visit Providence and see all the great things the city has to offer – art, food, sights, shops, galleries, history, architecture, parks, the zoo, and much more. Enjoy the long holiday weekend and extend your stay with special offers from Providence Hotels.

Providence Downtown Marriott

Marriott Providence Downtown
WaterFire Providence Escape

Things to see:

Before the lighting: Roger Williams in Context at the Roger Williams National Memorial from 5:00 – 7:15 p.m.

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Come early to this coming Sunday’s September 4th WaterFire lighting to attend two theatrical performances as part of WaterFire’s Roger Williams in Context arts program.  The event is part of a series of performances at the Roger Williams National Memorial presented prior to WaterFire on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  The program reexamines Roger Williams’ promises and philosophy and asks how successfully his Lively Experiment fulfilled his vision for establishing a just society based on freedom, equality and liberty.

Roger Williams’ Vision of Justice and Equality
Sunday, September 4th – Roger Williams National Memorial
5:30pm to 7:15pm  –  Free admission

Argentine Tango returns to WaterFire Providence

Argentine Tango at WaterFire, photo by Elaine Frederick.

Argentine Tango at WaterFire, photo by Elaine Frederick.

Often seen as a staged performance, Argentine Tango is much more of an intimate improvisation involving a leader and a follower in a social atmosphere where dancers of all ages and abilities can enjoy the pleasures of this music and dance style. The performances at WaterFire Providence will be the much more accessible version, danced at social dances all over the world. Performers come from Providence Tango, Argentine Tango at the Towers, and other locations in New England will be welcoming you into their world.

Every dance is unique and unchoreographed– a fusion of the dancers, the music and the feelings in that moment. Beginning after the lighting ceremony and running throughout the evening, performances will happen spontaneously at six locations along the riverbanks at the Waterplace Stage, the Pershing Bridge, the Bridge of Stars, the Confluence (off Canal Street), and by the RISD flag poles.  The times can be found by consulting that evening’s music program listing on the WaterFire website.  Members of the public are encouraged to come meet the dancers and learn more and participate in an open milonga (dance) held on the Citizens Bank Plaza from 10:30 p.m. till midnight.

Charge up the night with National Grid!

Visitors make use of a National Grid Courtesy Phone Charging Station. Photo by John Nickerson.

Make sure you can capture the magic of WaterFire all evening long by visiting National Grid charging stations on Washington Street and College Street to recharge your smartphone and other mobile devices during the lighting.

The WaterFire Merchandise Store on Canal Street – Open 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.

WaterFire Providence volunteers at the The WaterFire Store on Canal Street, photo by Jennifer Gervais.

The WaterFire Store on Canal Street is open for business. Stop in and buy a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, magnet, pendants and much more to help support WaterFire and keep the fires burning. Also make sure to check out the Photos of WaterFire tent on Washington Street. This tent will have matted photo prints, featuring the work of our Volunteer Photographers; WaterFire Providence postcards; large format photo posters; and silkscreen prints by local artists.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza
Washington Street – 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and craftspeople. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails – Cocktail Garden Under the Willows
Waterplace Basin 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. Photography by Drew Christhilf.

Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. Photography by Drew Christhilf.

Featuring drinks from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails.   Located just upstream of  Waterplace Basin in the heart of the downtown river park, under the willow trees at the foot of the IGT building.  Forty five tables, specially made by WaterFire will mount on the river railing overlooking the double row of bonfires for your dining pleasure.

Catch your favorite WaterFire performers:

Andrew Lindsay lights the braziers on the Wall in Memorial Park. Photograph by Shaun Martins-Torres.

Andrew Lindsay lights the braziers on the Wall in Memorial Park. Photograph by Shaun Martins-Torres.

Cirque de Light fire dancers Andrew Lindsay and Ember Flame will dazzle the crowds during several performances throughout the evening at the confluence, on boats, and on the wall of braziers near Memorial Park.

One of Ten31 Production's gargoyle characters at WaterFire Providence. Photo by John Nickerson.

Visit the living statues in Memorial Park at the World War I monument. Ten31 Productions returns with their interactive living statues and gargoyles in Memorial Park shortly after lighting.

Andrew Anselmo

Origami Master Andrew Anselmo – 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. in Market Square. A delight for young and old alike. See Andrew make paper come alive in Market Square, outside of the RISD auditorium.

The Nursing Placement First Aid Station on Washington Street – 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Providing a safe environment for our visitors while they are enjoying WaterFire Providence is a top priority for us. Should you need assistance a first aid station is available at the top of Washington Street behind the Arts Festival Plaza.

The Nursing Placement Mobile First Aid Station

Nursing Placement the official first aid provider at WaterFire events will offer first aid care to the public at any time during the event. Additionally, the venue will serve as a meeting place for missing children and parents to reunite. The First Aid RV will be located on Washington Street and can be found on all WaterFire event maps. Nursing Placement will also be taking applications for new team members to help serve the RI population.

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Tim Blankenship

Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence
I've worked at WaterFire since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career here I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. I have recently transitioned to role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I find it very rewarding working to increase engagement with our supporters both locally and globally.

21 Comments

  1. Jaime Alvarez V.
    August 21, 2016

    I would appreciate,very much, information on how to obtain access to viewing and copies of the images taken at these tango presentation both for 2015 and 2016.

    Last year I was a presentór and my dance partner has been trying unsuccessfully to obtain information.

    Kindly, Send information to oped@prodigy.net or call 860 922 1420

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS REQUEST

    Reply
  2. pat
    August 22, 2016

    We would like all upcoming dates for fire and water.

    Thanking you in advance,

    Pat

    Reply
  3. Kim Clark
    August 24, 2016

    Dear Tim,
    Alas, the Stephen Hopkins House will NOT be open for tours for the September 4th WaterFire, because this full lighting falls on a SUNDAY. Sorry!
    The museum is open only on Saturdays, or by appointment.
    All the full lightings this season, except this one, have been on Saturdays, and we’ve been open, as we will be again for WaterFire on September 24th, and October 1st, and November 5th.
    Hope to see everyone then!
    Thanks,

    Kim Clark, Chair
    The Stephen Hopkins House

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      August 25, 2016

      Thanks Kim, we’ll update the page.

      Reply
  4. Patty
    August 31, 2016

    Will there be gondola rides this Sunday?

    Reply
  5. Roger Williams In Context Arts Program - Ignite Providence
    August 31, 2016

    […] early to this coming Sunday’s September 4th WaterFire lighting to attend two theatrical performances as part of WaterFire’s Roger Williams in […]

    Reply
  6. Leo
    September 1, 2016

    Hello WaterFire Staff,
    I looked desperately for a WaterFire FAQ and could not locate one.
    What happens in the event of rain? I was planning on attending the event scheduled for September 4th, 2016 – Full Lighting, and the weather forecast looks iffy at best. 😉
    Thanks in advance for your response,
    ~Leo

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      September 1, 2016

      Hi Leo,
      Generally speaking WaterFire lightings are only cancelled for heavy, sustained rain storms (downpours, cats & dogs, etc). Threat of rain, light rain, passing showers do not deter us. The show must go on! As of now (9/1) the 9/4 lighting will proceed as planned. Updates will be posted on this page in case this changes.

      Also: http://waterfire.org/about/frequently-asked-questions/

      Reply
  7. Your RI Labor Day Weekend Guide from RI Blogger! – Rhode Island Blog
    September 1, 2016

    […] Council.  Sunset is at 7:15pm and this evening will feature the beautiful Argentine Tango!  Click here for more details.  In addition, the hotels in the area will be offering special packages, so you can make a […]

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  8. Alpesh
    September 4, 2016

    What time is the performance on the water tonight? The fire dancers and the possible play?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      September 7, 2016

      Hi Alpesh, sorry we missed your message. The performance schedule is on this very page. Hope you found everything you were looking for.

      Reply
  9. Jaime Alvarez
    September 6, 2016

    1. Could you please give us the link to the pics of Guerrilla Tango 2016?

    2. Any video taking and way to access it.?

    3. Any articles and/or media about Guerrilla Tango in Fire Water Fest. ?

    Thank you, Jaime

    Reply
  10. Jaime Alvarez V.
    September 6, 2016

    We will very much appreciate if you kindly give is a link or links to both pictures and video of the dancing and dancers at the Guerrilla Tango program on Saturday, September 4th 2016.

    Thank you, very much. Jaime Alvarez V.
    opeddanceworld@gmail.com 860 922 1420

    Reply
  11. Jaime Alvarez V.
    September 6, 2016

    PIRAMID SUGGESTION & MEMORIES OF WATER FIRE FEST 2016

    SUGGESTING THE TANGO DANCING PIRAMID
    Jaime Alvarez.white suite & Kathryn Curtis blackdress@ basin stage WaterFireParkFest Tango . Providence RI September 4, 2016

    Well, what we can see. of Muna Swahiro’s picture, is the tango footing of JaimeAlvarez&KathrynCurtis dancing tango in a closed close embrace. THIS IS “DOWNSTAIRS” not betraying the “upstairs”…

    Down here, at the feet level, is the base of the couple’s “dance.piramid”…. the image shows an elongated lady’s leg moving in a backward direction with the intensity and skill of a panther and a man’s firm forward footing in a big cat “lyon like fashion” securily advancing yet in a sensual motion sensitive to her backward steping, moving both dancers in an artful playful dual and separate action yet superbly synchronized motion, in harmony with the structure as well as the feeling of the soulful music that pierces the heart.

    MEMORIES OF WATER FIRE FEST 2016

    WATER FIRE PARK, PRVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND 4th SEPTEMBER 2016 where in 6 stages  TANGO GUERRILLAS are waiging a war of love expressed on motions rendering the “intoxicating to the heart” sounds of unforgetable music :

    On both sides of the river. the water way is flanked by couble stones side walks, meandering along the water way; image ¡n your mind the middle of the water that surrounds and caresses a cup like structures placed at discreet distant from each other in the middle of the river, 89 giant “braziers”, containing huge piles of wood kept burning from sundown to past midnight by devoted volunteers in multiple boats navegating in the half darkness of night keeping the flames up… the flames shimmering,  gleaning light and producing smells of wood burning, flashing flares up into the hearts of thousands and thousands of souls milling around or couples corousing inside of the gondolas cruising up and down the river, totally kidnapped, absolutly taken in their hearts by the beauty of the burning wood fires, the light, shimmering on the water and… and … some, some couples dancing pasionately the romance of the ever present and incredibly beautiful soulful music that penetrates the heart and the surrounds; sounds, smells and visuals that take over all of our senses transporting us to an everland in our souls, in our hearts in our minds. TO CREATE INSIDE OF EACH OF US AND UNFORGETTABLE IMAGES AND FEELINGS THAT WILL DEFY TIME AND MAKE SOLID MEMORIES OF THIS DAY

    Reply
  12. Jaime Alvarez V.
    September 8, 2016

    Dear Barnaby:

    Since your staff did like my comment I have began translation of the text. Here is the first draft translation of my comment into Spanish

    along with my AUTHORIZATION to use it for the description of the WFF AND TANGO PROGRAM

    Jaime Alvarez V., Ed.D., OPED’s President

    Organization Pro Education & Development Inc.
    A Massahusetts not for profit corporation
    (413)585-9695 (860)922-1420 (617)308-7370
    oped@prodigy.net opeddanceworld @gmail.com
    facebook/tango.mundooped facebook/Jaime Alvarez
    translated.text MEMORIAS DEL FESTIVAL DE AGUA&FUEGO & TANGO DÉ ABRAZO PIRAMIDAL 2016

    Translation into Spanish by Jaime Alvarez V., EdD. of comments entitled:

    MEMORIES OF WATER FIRE FEST 2016 &
    SUGGESTING THE TANGO DANCING PIRAMID

    text MEMORIAS DEL FESTIVAL DE AGUA&FUEGO 2016 & TANGO DE ABRAZO PIRAMIDAL 2016

    start with a pic… comienza con foto:
    TANGO FEET – PIES TANGUEROS
    Jaime Alvarez.white suite & Kathryn Curtis blackdress@ basin stage WaterFireParkFest Tango . Providence RI September 4, 2016

    Well, what we can see. in Muna Swahiro’s picture, is the tango footing of JaimeAlvarez&KathrynCurtis dancing tango in a closed close embrace. THIS IS “DOWNSTAIRS” that becase corporal disasociation is not betraying the “upstairs”… TOTAL CONTACT OF THE CLOSE EMBRACE.

    Down here, at the feet level, is the base of the couple’s “corporal.piramid”…. the image shows an elongated lady’s leg moving in a backward direction with the intensity and skill of a mystical black cougar and a man’s firm forward footing in a big cat “lyon like fashion” securily powerful advancing, yet in sensual motion sensitive to her backward steping, moving both dancers in an artful playful dual and separate action yet superbly synchronized motion, in harmony with the structure as well as the feeling of the soulful music that pierces the human heart.

    TRANSLATION OF ABOVE TEXT INTO SPANISH:

    Bien, lo que podemos ver en la foto de Muna Swahiro son los pies de la pareja de bailarines JaimeAlvarez&KathrynCurtis bailando tango en abrazo cerrado. ESTE ES EL PISO DE “ABAJO”, que por disasociacion corporal es diferente al PISO DE “ARRIBA”: CONTACTO TOTAL DE ABRAZO CERRADO

    Aqui abajo, al nivel de los pies, es la base de la “piramide corporal”… la imagen muestra la bella pierna de una mujer moviendose en direccion hacia atras con la intensidad y destreza del mistico felino cougar mientras que el pie del hombre moviendose firmemente con el poder y seguridad que muestra un leon avanzando, pero al mismo tiempo con un poder de movimiento sensual y sensitivo a los movimientos de ella, convirtiendose en una dinamica en un juego de arte duodinamico con acciones separadas pero maravillosamente sincronizadas en movimientos en perfecta armonia con la estructura y el sentimiento de la musica y la espiritualidad que atravieza e invade el corazon humano.

    ——

    WATER FIRE PARK, MEMORIES OF WATER FIRE FEST 2016, PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND 4th SEPTEMBER 2016 where in 6 stages along the river TANGO GUERRILLAS are waging a war of love expressed In motions rendering the “intoxicating to the heart” sounds of unforgettable music :

    On both sides of the river. the water way is flanked by couble stones side walks, meandering along the water way: Let’s imagen in your mind the middle of the water that surrounds and caresses a cup like structures placed at discreet distant from each other in the middle of the river, 98 giant “braziers”, containing huge piles of wood kept burning from sundown to past midnight by devoted volunteers in multiple boats navegating in the half darkness of night keeping the flames up… the flames shimmering, gleaning light and producing smells of wood burning, flashing flares up into the hearts of thousands of souls wishing to scape the bodies in order to play with the light and thousands of people milling around or couples corousing in a comunion like embrace inside of the gondolas cruising up and down the river, totally kidnapped, absolutly taken in their hearts by the beauty of the burning wood fires, the light, shimmering on the water and… and … some, some couples along the river way dancing pasionately the romance of the ever present and incredibly beautiful soulful music that penetrates the heart and the surrounds; sounds, smells and visuals that take over all of our senses transporting us to an everland in our souls, in our hearts in our minds in our universe.. TO CREATE INSIDE OF EACH OF US AND UNFORGETTABLE IMAGES AND FEELINGS THAT WILL DEFY TIME AND MAKE SOLID MEMORIES OF THIS DAY

    TRANSLATION OF ABOVE TEXT INTO SPANISH:

    PARQUE DE AGUA&FUEGO-MEMORIAS DEL FESTIVAL DE AGUA&FUEGO 2016 PROVIDENCIA RHODE ISLAND, SEPTIEMBRE 4, 2016 en donde en 6 areas a lo lago del rio GUERILLEROS DEL TANGO avanzan una guerra de amor expresada en mociones que interpretan los sonidos que”entoican el corazon” de una musica inolvidable.

    En ambos lados de las riveras, el rio,esta adornado por caminos de piedra, siguiendo los contornos de esta via aquatica: Imaginese en su mente unas 98 ( “braziers”) copas de gran tamano en medio del agua rodeadas, copas acariciadas por el agua, colocadas a cierta distancia a lo largo y a mitad del rio, conteniendo una grandes pilas de madera en fuego, que devotos voluntarios mantienen ardiendo desde que se pone el sol hasta pasada la media noche, quienes navegan botes en la media obscuridad de la noche iluminada por las llamas…llamas y chispas que saltan enviando luz y fosforecencia, produciendo olor a madera quemada y luz que penetra en los corazones de miles de espiritus queriendo jugar con esa luz y miles de personas paseando a lo largo o abrazandos en comunion dentro de embarcaciones o botes (gondolas) que navegan el rio de arriba para abajo, con pasajeros en un estado, como totalmente secuetrados, con sus corazones absolutamente enhebriados por la belleza del fuego de la madera ardiente, la brillantez de la luz reflejandose y jugando en el agua, y…y.. y.. algunas parejas a lo largo del rio bailando apasionadamente el romance de los sonidos que parecen estar en el aire por todas partes, de una musica de belleza inimitable e inolvidable que penetra el espacio y los pechos; los sonidos, las imagenes, los visuales se apoderan de todos los sentidos transportando el espiritu a un espacio en el universo..PARA CREAR DENTRO DE CADA UNO DE NOSOTROS IMAGENES Y UNOS SENTIMIENTOS QUE A TRAVEZ DEL TIEMPO MANTENDRAN SOLIDAS MEMORIAS DE ESTE DIA.

    —————————————–


    Jaime Alvarez V., Ed.D., OPED’s President
    Organization Pro Education & Development Inc.
    A Massahusetts not for profit corporation
    (413)585-9695 (860)922-1420 (617)308-7370
    oped@prodigy.net opeddanceworld @gmail.com
    facebook/tango.mundooped facebook/Jaime Alvarez

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