Shock dance at Bucket fest

Metamorphosis danced in St. Paul's parish hall. (All photos and videos by David Brussat)

Metamorphosis danced in St. Paul’s parish hall. (Photos and videos by David Brussat)

On Saturday afternoon, Billy, Victoria and I attended a dance performance, part of the ongoing annual Pawtucket Arts Festival. The event was held at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul, which we toured, noting that next year will be its 200th anniversary. We saw a troupe called Metamorphosis perform an extended work for six dancers in the church’s parish hall, pictured above at the beginning of the dance. The troupe is associated with Ten31 Productions, whose WaterFire gargoyles (stationary performers) are among its specialties.  The dancers filled the stage with a fluid and evocative performance, very not scary, not the sort of angular sudden thrombosis of modern dance that we’ve come to expect and, too often, regret. In fact, quite beautiful. Shockingly so. Metamorphosis and its moves were indeed a delightful surprise!

Afterward, the dancers actually took questions from the audience. Then we crossed Park Place to see an art exhibition of artfully drawn butterflies in the Forget-Me-Not Gallery, sponsored by the Samaritans of Rhode Island, whose director, Denise Panichas, a friend of very long standing, seemed to be in charge of the afternoon’s events, including a seminar that we unfortunately missed on gargoylism – the ins and outs of the gargoyles’ constumes and their style of animation – in the grassy meridian along Park Place.



About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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