Performance Stage

IngenuityFest 2013 will have dance, theater, and performances that defy explanation happening all weekend in rotation on one stage.  An interior warehouse will be transformed for a weekend into a blackbox theater space where artists explore how humanity is navigating the 21st century.

Red Rovers, an interactive dance/theater experience from Headlong Dance in Philadelphia, will be one of the top performances of the weekend. Audience members will put on JPL Rover Driver conference name tags, get divided up into affinity groups and participate in break-out sessions. Meanwhile, conference hosts Jeff Merbold from the Spirit team and Clementine Nardello from the Opportunity team will reveal the stories of their relationships to each other, the rovers they love, and space itself.  Please note, we are recommending reserving tickets for Red Rovers.  They are free and can be reserved here: Free Reserved Seats for Red Rovers

The LUCIDITY SUITCASE Intercontinental is a theater creation team that uses ‘rough’ media, documentary footage, transformational scenography, improvisation and research to create theatrical epics that peer into not-often seen worlds. In 17 BORDER CROSSINGS, theater director Thaddeus Phillips will step onstage to create a deceptively simple voyage that takes audiences to the frontiers of Tunisia, Bosnia, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Bali, Czech Republic, Israel, Jordan, Serbia, Slovenia and Mexico.  Please note, we are recommending reserving tickets for performances of 17 Border Crossings.  They are free and can be reserved here:  Free Reserved Seats for 17 Border Crossings.

In reference to the Festival’s theme of “Clouds,” the Dancing Wheels Company will perform “Walking on Clouds.” The piece was originally choreographed by David Rousseve to celebrate the Company’s 25th anniversary. The essence of the piece is a re-creation of real life stories that demonstrate the parallels between the African American and disabled rights communities in their quest for equality.

Verb Ballets will perform “Borrowing Winds,” created by their Taiwanese guest artist, Chung-Fu Chang. The piece uses blue costumes to reflect the color of the sky and white 10-foot long sleeves that depict the clouds as they react to the wind.

Test Market Theater will also make an appearance this year. TSTMRKT’s latest creation is a broken soundscape that devolves into a stage performance that melds man, machine, time and space.

Dixon’s Violin will return to Ingenuity! This digital violinist from Michigan has inspired people across North America with his captivating shows at events such as Burning Man and TedTalks. As a mesmerizing one man-show, no one will want to miss his enchanting performance.

See and hear a dazzling display of light and sound from the Tesla Orchestra when Cleveland’s own virtuosos of voltage return to Ingenuity. Two giant Tesla coils will light up the lakefront for an unforgettable display through Friday and Saturday night.

The piece “A World without Windows: Heaven’s Overrated” will feature a working guillotine and present an intriguing perspective on death and the afterlife, utilizing historical and biblical references. With mentions of purgatory, the place between heaven and hell, come watch the final judgment of Marie Antoinette.

“THE DISMANTLING OF THE MEN IN ME, A Choreopoem in Three Vignettes” by RA Washington is a series of three vignettes that deal with the concept of defining one’s manhood, using found footage/staged video, dance, and music. Through collaborations with some of the regions most accomplished dance/movement artists, and using images and music composed by The New SuRah Orchestar, Washington’s new multi-media piece asks us how we as a culture define manhood, personal history, and how these definitions fall away in our darkest moments.