Performance & Events

Firefly 2.0

Firefly 2.0

Events produced by the Engine Institute operate at the intersection of art, science and technology. To date we have produced and toured a number of works with the Providence Ballet Theatre. We have also commissioned original music and produced events by musicians including the award winning composer Lance Massey the creator of the T-Mobile ring tone.

The loss of fireflies in our communities is primarily based on the increased light pollution from urban environments.  Now-a-days, “Where have all of the fireflies gone” is a commonly heard despair here in RI. Through encouraging awareness of our fragile ecology the audiences’ knowledge of and appreciation for performance art, sculpture and science will be increased while having fun

The Engine Institute commissioned the music from the award winning composer Lance Massey and produced this wonderful performance with the Providence Ballet Theatre at the Pawtucket Arts Festival.

The Firefly Festival at AS220’s Foo Fest (2013)included a dance performance, 3D illustration and a hands-on workshop on how to build your own electronic firefly.

There neuroscientist, Dr. Seth Horowitz and the Rhode Island Space Grant, showed how a 3D printer works and how it is a great new tool for scientific research and visualization. People saw first hand how to print everything from asteroids to fireflies.

“The Dance of the Fireflies” performed at the John Brown House Museum by the Providence Ballet Theatre with the public art installation “The Firefly Grove” that featured LEDs blinking like fireflies.

The “Dance of the Fireflies” (2013) presented by The Engine Institute, was performed at Providence’s City Hall by the Providence Ballet Theatre and Youth Ballet Company. The “Firefly 2.0” and “Firefly Capes” were designed by China Blue.