Dance, Music & Visuals Combine for Outdoor Performance in Forest Hills Park


Sun 7/7 @ 1PM

You can never be quite sure what you’ll see when The Pith and Root of Sleep, directed by Matt Kiroff, performs. But you know it will be interesting — and different from any previous performance you may have seen because no two are alike. These performances feature elements of performance art, modern dance, improvised acoustic music and visual art installation.

Its upcoming event at Cleveland Heights’ Forest Hill Park will include dance contributions from The Movement Project’s Irene Honora and Sara Lawrence-Sucato of Dancing Wheels, and a musical ensemble with Evan Schlutz on bassoon, Katie O’Neal on violin, Michael Billings on flute, Jack Smile on sax, Tyler Spuzzillo on guitar, Kyle Farrel on percussion and Kiroff on harmonium. A backdrop for the performance will be created by a 30-foot burlap-woods installation.

“This piece is not political as such, but more about the covert nature of the site selected,” says Kiroff. “The Tao speaks of the intrinsic goodness of water, of its power, and of its elusiveness — “water seeks the lowly places that learned men shun” — and following, you could ask yourself, what is it initially about contemporary life that would create a need for one to seek refuge, to regroup…..”

The performance takes place right behind the skating pavilion and it’s free and open to all, including, we presume, the local animals. It will be about 45 minutes long.

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