The City is Our Stage
Concept by and Organized by Trad A Burns, Sarah Morrison, and Chuck Karnak
Saturday, August 15th, 2020
Take an adventure through Cleveland's neighborhoods and discover LIVE sight-specific artistic performances from the comfort of your own car!
During this unusual time, we are all craving live performance! Now, you can get in your car with your loved ones, and soak in multiple performances at locations throughout the greater Cleveland area! Join us for this unique traveling show - where YOU are the one that travels!
As travelers, you will be able to purchase a ticket by choosing a performing arts route from an East Side, West Side, Mid-town, or "Surprise me" starting location. Then you will have the opportunity to see different performances of varying styles. As an artistic traveler, you will have no idea what performance style you will get to see next, truly making this an adventure.
Each artistic journey will take approximately 2 hours, including travel time. Starting times vary by location and artist line-up.
Take a trip on the Eastside and enjoy performances by local artists, including: The Welcome Table, a music and spoken word celebration of hope, resilience, and humor. Join Russian Duo and enjoy music from different places and different times. Listen to the solo piano performance and poetry of Mike Bruckman and experience the myth of Persephone with MorrisonDance. Witness short vignettes sharing the mystery of ritual with Robin Vanlear and take in a performance of Verb Ballets “Bolero”. Be wowed by the operatic talents of Lara Troyer and soothe your spirit with a collection of movements prepared by KenyaWoods. Listen to an alien invasion from War of the Worlds performed by Radio on the Lake Theatre, see a short play written by Christopher Johnston, and enjoy the original jazz compositions of Alba Trio.
Adventure downtown and checkout the diverse group of artists including: Russian Duo, with music ranging from classical to world favorites, they are sure to delight. Join Mike Bruckman and enjoy his solo piano performance and poetry and then head over to MorrisonDance to explore the myth of Persephone through dance. Learn to dance in your car with Dancing Wheels and get empowered with a hip hop performance by Blakk Jakk. See an exotic belly dance performance featuring Aminah Louise and rock out with indie rock group The Scenic Route as they play acoustic covers of their original songs. Take in a contemporary ballet performance with Cleveland newcomers, Ballet Legato and get energized with a performance of African music and dance featuring Talise Campbell and Djapo Cultural Art Institute. Dive deep with Inlet Dance Theatre as they explore emotions surrounding the pandemic and enjoy the original soundscapes unbound by genre created by Opus 216.
Explore the westside of Cleveland and discover artists and performers including: Shanty Circus, come and explore the multiverse with acrobatics and circus acts. See Marquez Dance Project perform a mother-daughter duet that explores the importance of family and community. Check out mother and son aerial silks and hoop performance of Sky Aerial works and jam with Zydeco band, Cats on Holiday. Take in a “non-music” performance by Fellahean with Slowburn that utilizes industrial sounds and equipment accompanied by surreal images and film. Explore the impact of creating and collaborating with a performance by Laura D’Alessandro, Tou Cha, June Hund, and Norbert Zieblod featuring the magic of puppetry. Enjoy the vocals of Nadia Tarnawsky and the improvisational sword, skirt, and zill belly dance performances of Tribe Ostara. Head to Near West Theatre to see youth artists performing excerpts from upcoming performance of Rise -- The Isolation Project and join Inlet Dance Theatre as they explore with dance the emotions that come with the pandemic.
Staff and Cast
Featuring Performances by:
Cats on Holiday
Christopher Johnston &
Courtney Nicole Auman
Djapo Cultural Arts Institute
Fellahean with Slowburn
Inlet Dance Theatre
Laura D'Alessandro/Tou Cha/June Hund/Norbert
Marquez Dance Project
Near West Theatre
Radio on the Lake Theatre
Robin VanLear Art Acts Ltd.
Shanty Circus Option with Chris Seibert
Sky Aerial Works
The Scenic Route
The Welcome Table
Tribe Ostara Tribal Belly Dance
The Fine Print
**Due to the nature of this exciting and complex event, we reserve the right to change Performers and locations within any route, due to unforeseen circumstances. We will inform you in advance of any changes.
** We are sorry that we cannot offer refunds at this time, but please know that 100% of your ticket cost will go to the artists. Eventbrite will allow you to transfer your ticket to anyone before the event.
** We all hate ticket fees, but we feel in these unusual times that it is essential that we are giving as much money as possible to the companies and artists who are participating in this event. We have asked you to help us cover the additional ticketing costs by paying for them with the purchase of your ticket or donation. We greatly appreciate your generous spirit in supporting these artists during these challenging financial times.
** If you are sick with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others.
** The nature of this event will allow you to remain in your car for each performance, if you wish to leave your vehicle we require that you wear a cloth mask and maintain at least 6' between your group and other audience members.
As travelers, you will be able to purchase a ticket by choosing from an East Side, West Side, Mid-town, or "Surprise me" starting location. Then you will have the opportunity to see different performances of varying styles. As an artistic traveler, you will have no idea what performance style you will get to see next, truly making this an adventure.
Each artistic journey will take around 2 hours, including travel time. Starting times vary by location.