PROVIDENCE, RI (November 16, 2021) – The Wilbury Theater Group presents a new virtual iteration of Shey rivera RiosFire flowers and a time machine (Flores de Fuego y una Máquina del Tiempo) streaming from December 16 to January 1. Highlighting 34 artists, the experience reinvents the original production in a virtual space, with artists embodying ancestors or descendants who share their stories of ancestral heritage, connection to the land, migration, healing, and more. Tickets are chargeable and are available at thewilburygroup.org/fire-flowers-online.

The online performance will begin with an in-person event in the Wilbury space of the WaterFire Arts Center on December 17 at 7:30 p.m. This community event will feature artists from Fire flowers and a time machine, as well as discussions on virtual theater and community development. To confirm your attendance, visit thewilburygroup.org/fire-flowers-online.

A journey through time and space, Fire flowers and a time machine (Flores de Fuego y una Máquina del Tiempo) puts the public in contact with the ancestors of the past and our future descendants. In a time of the COVID-19 pandemic and significant political changes, these guides bring knowledge and magic through a community healing story that weaves monologues, poetry, dance and ritual. The production features works developed and performed by Sussy Santana, Saúl Ramos Espola, Maritza Martell, Becci Davis, April Brown, Lilly E. Manycolors, Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie, Matt Garza, Gina Rodríguez-Drix, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Eli Nixon, Janaya Kizzie, Rachel Hughes and many more in all regions.

“I’m still unboxing the power and impact that Fire flowers and a time machine had last year, ”said director Shey Rivera Ríos. “It was more than performance art or theater. It was an act of community healing, bringing people together to reflect, travel, imagine and center ritual and healing during a very difficult time. It is an essential part of activism. Art and culture can give people hope and energy to move forward. And today it seems important to me to share this work in a new format so that it can reach the people who missed it, could not attend in person, who live out of town, and for them. people who participated who wish to relive it. I hope the virtual journey can at least provide some insight into the ritual-centric creative practice that many artists here – and across the world – have, a practice that is so important to our collective well-being as ‘humans.

“These (almost) past two years have given us a unique opportunity to reinvent what theater can be,” said Josh Short, Artistic Director of the Wilbury Theater Group. “Fire flowers created such a powerful community bonding experience last August that we’re excited to support Shey’s work to expand it even further. We’re excited to see this work continue to grow, and hope this new virtual iteration continues the conversations that production started in person last year.

The new work of Shey Rivera Ríos, Antigonx, a Latinx reinterpretation of Sophocles Antigone, will debut at the Wilbury Theater Group next spring (March 24 – April 10).

About Shey Rivera Rios

Shey rivera rios (pronouns: they / them) is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist and arts administrator. Their artistic creations explore various themes: from the house to capitalism, through queerness, magic and our relationship to technology. Rivera has over 10 years of experience in the arts sector. Their trajectory includes 8 years of leadership at AS220, a non-profit arts organization and arts incubator in Providence, RI, and part of the Community Innovation Lab (MIT CoLab) team of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. from MIT. Rivera majored in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR-Rio Piedras) and did postgraduate studies in Contemporary Culture and Media at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rivera has lived in Providence, RI, for 10 years and loves their creative community. They support the work, creative paths and projects of other local artists and engage in collaborations that stimulate the imagination and expand horizons on how art can help us envision a better future. Rivera sits on the Board of Directors of the Artists Communities Alliance and is currently Artist in Residence at the Wilbury Theater Group. Artistic projects include the LUNA LOBA performance series, the transmedia project FANTASY ISLAND, and most recently the abolitionist film MORALDOCS co-created with artist Vatic Kuumba. Rivera’s work has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic and Art Scope New England.