Dreamer’s Bal is May 4th! Complete Lineup Announced!

The Dreamer’s Bal 
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
IngenuityLabs at The Hamilton Collaborative
5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114

Ingenuity’s annual fundraiser is an off-kilter gala unlike anything else in town! Once known as the Bal Ingenieux, the yearly spring event now boasts a different theme with each incarnation, featuring the region’s artists, makers, and creatives while paying homage to Cleveland’s exclusive arts club that dominated modernist arts in the city from the 1910s until the 1940s. The Kokoon Club’s annual “Bal Masque” challenged artistic norms with the most unconventional parties around. 

Today, Ingenuity’s Bal supports our year-round programming in an exciting and creative way. Secure your tickets now to experience one-of-a-kind immersive artwork, live music and performance, local food and drink, all while contributing to the creation of a year-round center for innovation that supports creative entrepreneurs and welcomes the entire community with open doors.

Join us to support free weekly programming for the neighborhood and creatives alike, the new Ignite! sessions for entrepreneurs, IngenuityLabs Incubator, as well as our annual collaborations with the partners of the Hamilton Collaborative, . . .  become part of Cleveland’s home for creativity!

What will I belhold in my Wildest Dreams?
Visitors will enter unique second-floor space of our hundred-year-old factory to find a dreamscape filled with larger-than-life artwork, including a bedroom that shrinks guests to ankle level and floating dreamboats that explore the idea of “what your bed becomes while you sleep” . . . climb aboard pirate ships, snuggle in a giant birds nest, let your dreams roar to life in a racecar, or float amid the crowd in a hot air balloon.   

Musical guests range from the intimate – Taylor Lamborn and Uno Lady perform solo – to the extravagant funk-focused New Orleans Style Jazz of Revolution Brass Band.    We’ll also feature Gypsy-Jazz project Moustache Yourself, neo-soul groove project Nah Nah (think: Postmodern Jukebox) and, to make sure no one leaves before dancing the night away, the irresistable jams of  DJ Byron SquareBiz Lee.  

Performance will include dance offerings from Get Hep! Swing and Viva Dance Studio, plus the quirky roaming characters of Nerdy Dancers of the CLEFire and Light Performing Art, and Sam Novak, performance artist. Enjoy dazzling Aerial and Pole performance from the strong and sultry students of Be Studios/Be Fitness. Plus immersive meditation from Selfspace.

Libations, Little Bites, and Other Partnerships We’re thrilled to present a range of custom cocktails from our friends at Watershed Distillery, plus new flavors and classic favorites from Platform Beer

And we couldn’t be happier to announce a new partnership with Ohio City Galley, the foodhall-meets-incubator bringing offerings from all four kitchens: Poca, Sauce the City, Tinman, and The Rice Shop! Enjoy sweets from Pierre’s and Sweet Costo, and commemorate the evening with a special snapshot from the themed photobooth built by Liza Sue Productions.

Multimedia Installations include projections by Kevin Jackson and Ross Bochnek, the Artwork of Amanda Nyx, Michael McFarland, John Kasunich, Tom Stoll, Paige Knoefel, Ian Keating-Mullaney, Adam Patterson, Ryan Kinney, and many more talented artists who work every week with The Ingeneers.

Attendees should plan to wear “the costume of their dreams” . . . whether dreamwear means the fantastical trappings of knights and princesses and fairies, the Sandman’s ensemble or garb of a monster under the bed, or even cozy PJ’s! We’d love you to consider the environment in creating your costume – visit our friends from Upcycle Parts Shop and mention “Ingenuity Dreamer’s Bal” for a special discount!All ticket sales support Ingenuity Cleveland’s low-cost, accessible year-round community programming! Purchase now!  Questions? 216-589-944

Event is 21+.

Ticket information:
General Admission Presale: $27.00 ($25 + $2 Eventbrite fee)
VIP Experience Presale: $68.00 ($65 + $3 Eventbrite fee. Includes This ticket includes entry, food, two (2) drink tickets, and other special extras!)
Corporate Groups: $1500.00 (Includes entry for 8-10 representatives, two (2) drink tickets plus champagne for each representative, listing in our Bal program, signage at the event, and other special benefits! Purchase online or call us to finalize your package.)

Purchase tickets here! 

Apply to vend, perform, or exhibit HERE!

Zany Umbrella Circus Plans an Evening of Bohemian Folk Artistry for Bal Ingenieux

Vintage street theatre and whimsical circus kitsch will fuse with technology when the national touring Zany Umbrella Circus collaborates with legendary Cleveland DJ Rob Sherwood. “With Rob contributing sound,” Sota says, “I think we can provide really strong visuals.”

Ben Sota talks spiritedly in a rapid fire of ideas about Hawaiian culture and couture, “I’ve been thinking of a scene working with Hawaiian recordings, Hawaiian muumuus.” As the artistic director of Zany Umbrella Circus, Sota is plotting out loud for the night his troupe of bohemian acrobats invoke the underground arts culture of the early 1900s Kokoon Arts Club  for Ingenuity Cleveland’s Bal Ingenieux masquerade fundraiser.

His costume embellishment brainstorming may owe a small credit to his residence on the island where he studies for his doctorate in between coordinating performances for Zany Umbrella. “The history of Kokoon is really cool and I feel like there’s a big part that’s exotic,” Sota explains. “When I think about what is most modern and most exotic, I think Hawaiian. Most people have no idea how much of an arts and culture scene there is here.”

At Bal Ingenieux, vintage will fuse with technology when the national touring group, versed in the folk artistry of street theatre and whimsical circus kitsch, collaborates with legendary Cleveland DJ Rob Sherwood. While Sota explains these days the group usually performs shows based around a storyline, “eye candy” is how he describes what to expect from Zany Umbrella on May 4. “With Rob contributing sound,” he says, “I think we can provide really strong visuals.”

Although Sota says Zany Umbrella now normally bring their spectacle to stages with little chance for audience interaction, Bal Ingenieux will relive their early years touring across America and performing on the city streets. “A lot will be improv,” Sota says of the “ground-based circus” being created for the evening. “Circus acts will happen in the grand ballroom, but we’re bringing some masks to move through the space as well. If we see people open and generous with their energy we’ll take them into a private area.”

After Bal Ingenieux, Zany Umbrella has shows planned throughout the year at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, a tour of New York City boroughs in partnership with the City Parks Foundation and overseas at the Childrens’ Museum of Jordan.

About Zany Umbrella Circus
Zany Umbrella Circus exists to build and strengthen communities through education and folk artistry– particularly puppetry, circus, music, storytelling, street theatre and visual arts.

More information at ZanyUmbrellaCircus.com.

About Ingenuity
Ingenuity’s mission is to ignite the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect.  By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform to explore the boundaries of art and technology.

To purchase tickets to Bal Ingenieux, IngenuityFest’s fundraiser on May 4, please visit ingenuitycleveland.com/maskedball/.