WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?
Based on the book by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom
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Produced by Inlet Dance Theatre
From Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioned and Co-Produced by Playhouse Square
About the Company
JURY-SELECTED FOR A FULL SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE AT IPAY 2019
One day, a child has an idea. At first, they don’t know what to do with it. It seems strange. They don’t know what other people will think of this idea and they attempt to hide it away. But the idea persists and gets stronger– along with the child’s confidence. And then, one day, something amazing happens…
Told through movement, music, and narration, an ensemble of dancers creates a magical world where ideas grow and take flight. Based on the New York Times best selling book, this is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, or too difficult.
This production is co-produced via the LAUNCH performance creation residency program of the Community Engagement & Education Department of Playhouse Square (Cleveland, OH) and premiered in March 2018.
Best for Grades: K + up, General Audiences
Audience Size: Medium to Large
Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording.
Inlet Dance Theatre is one of Northeast Ohio’s most exciting professional contemporary dance companies. Founded in 2001 by Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, Inlet embodies his longstanding belief that dance viewing, training and performing experiences serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development. Inlet’s collaborative artistic staff builds the company’s solid reputation for uplifting individuals and engaging new audiences via performances and education programming.
Inlet Dance Theatre’s impact has grown locally to internationally. The company’s concerts, event services, Inflow and Outflow education programs began as local initiatives and now reach regional, national and international markets. Inlet performs annually at Cleveland Public Theatre's DanceWorks Series, Playhouse Square, Cain Park Evans Amphitheater, among other local venues and conducts regional touring. Inlet has participated in numerous international artistic exchanges through The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program and a two week residency exchange to Easter Island (made possible by the Ohio Arts Council, The Ohio Arts Foundation, Playhouse Square’s Education Department, the State Department and the American Embassy in Santiago, Chile). Inlet’s education programming includes teaching dance classes for all ages at The Music Settlement, attracting students from all over the country to our Summer Dance Intensive and our year-long Trainee & Apprentice program, and conducting residencies throughout Ohio as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Residency Program.
In contrast to an industry where people are often used to further dance, Inlet Dance Theatre is committed to using dance to further people. Discover for yourself what makes Inlet unique.
For more information, please visit the company’s website.
Created and Choreographed by the company’s Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, in collaboration with the cast.
Original score by Jeremy Allen
Narrated by Dee Perry
Scenic design by Ian Petroni
Costuming by Kristin Wade
Set & Costume Painting by Nina Huryn
Animal Masks & Giant Wings by Robin Van Lear
Lighting Design by Trad Burns
The Child – Kevin Parker
The Idea – Katie McGaha
Corps – Joshua Brown, Nicole Kapantas, Dominic Moore-Dunson, Erin Pennebaker,
Elizabeth Pollert, Emily Stonecipher
January 15-19, 2019 - International Performing Arts For Youth (IPAY) Showcase in Philadelphia, PA.
Details on date/time to come soon!
Fine Arts: Dance and Movement,
Language Arts: Reading, Creative Writing, Symbolism, Philosophical & Abstract Concepts
Science: Invention; How scientists and engineers explore a new idea through hypothesis, experiments, scientific method, and trial/error;
Emotional/Social Development: Confidence, Growth Mindset, Creativity
Minimum Technical Requirements
Load In Time: 8-12 hours ideal, but 3 hours possible with simplified tech (all scenarios require lights pre-hung)
Crew Needs: 9 crew members, depending on technical set up and venue regulations.
Proscenium Stage Size: 40’ Wide x 30’ Deep x 17’ ht (Ideal), 30’ Wide x 24’ Deep x 17’ ht (Min.) 6-8 ft wings needed on each side. Additional 3’ of space is required upstage of the cyclorama for crossover and must be clear of all equipment and debris.
Floor Needs: The floor of the stage must be wood, laid over wood sleepers. A floor covering of black Marley or equivalent is necessary.
Load Out Time: 2 hours
Outreach and Workshops
Master Classes and Workshops
The company can offer master classes, taught by members of the company and/or company Founder and Executive/Artistic Director, Bill Wade. Inlet’s varied curriculum is scaled to be developmentally appropriate, age ranges K – adult. Master classes can include: Foundations of Non-Traditional Partnering, Hawkins-based Release Technique, and Improvisation Structures.
The company can also offer in-class workshops for elementary students and teachers that can be tailored for each age/grade level. Past workshop experiences have included participants reading the book, discussing themes, and watching a short performance excerpt. Following the performance excerpt, Inlet Company Members will lead the children in an interactive movement experience to demonstrate the foundational exercises and improvisation games that Inlet uses to create and explore movement.
“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances
This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.