Full-blown Pop-Up Show
Curbside Theater takes professional theater to you, wherever that is: your street, park, plaza, or block. Experience live performing art under the stars on a warm night with your community and friends. Presented by nonprofit art-maker SB Dance.
Program A “All Those Kinds of Love” is a stage show set to an international songbook from the 50s and 60s with live music by Raffi and Ischa.
Program B “A Big Adios” is based on motifs from film noir. In creation now, it should be ready for our 2023 season.
Performances are presented by arts councils, neighborhood groups, learning institutions, and others. Funding from the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, and others enable us to reach under-served populations and locations. Contact us if you’re interested in organizing a show. Definitely join the email list for news.
Our 2023 season runs from August through mid-October. The schedule will be posted here.
With the ability to travel to audiences and adaptable to many spaces, Curbside Theater is perfect for viewers who are isolated, restricted, or with accessibility challenges. Please contact us to work something out. It’s part of our mission.
Donating to Curbside Theater
Curbside requires the support of cultural enthusiasts. Contributions underwrite most of our performances. Please consider donating so we can continue to make this program as available as possible. SB Dance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation is tax-deductible as allowable by law.
- Is it low risk for cornonavirus transmission? It’s an outdoor performance with ample space for social distancing. All SB Dance personnel are fully vaccinated.
- How does presenting work? Curbside shows are usually “hosted” by an organization like an arts council, municipal event, school, neighborhood, business, or individual. Most put on a social event followed by a performance at dusk. The fee depends on factors like location, anticipated attendance, and availability of grants for underwriting.
- Is this okay for kids? Sure. You might think of it like going to a nice restaurant: some youths enjoy it; others just want a kids menu. Please don’t make a reservation for a children’s party.
- What’s a good location? Reasonably level ground, fairly quiet, access for a truck and small trailer, room for the audience to spread out, and relatively dark. Parks, green spaces, scenic backgrounds, and paved areas all work. In special cases where vehicle access isn’t possible, it is possible to set up a custom stage.
- What’s the best time? Dusk allows stage lighting to elevate the experience.
- What time is dusk? At Salt Lake’s latitude, about 9:15pm on the summer solstice. By late September, it’s about 7:30pm. Shaded locations dim sooner.
- Is it always the same show? There should be two different evenings for the 2023 season.
- Do I have to buy tickets? Most hosts offer performance free-of-charge. Occasionally, SB Dance hosts performance that are ticketed. Sometimes, shows are free but a ticket is required so we can control attendance.
- Will you do a show for free? We endeavor to reach vulnerable and under-served populations and offer 1-2 pro bono shows each season. Please reach out if you are involved with an organization that could benefit.
- Are you on social media? Most activity takes place on Instagram or search tag #curbsidetheater.
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Program: All Those Kinds of Love
“All Those Kinds of Love” originated during the 2020 shutdown. We started with a solo, and slowly added more solos, duets, and, as vaccines became available and the pandemic waned, group pieces. Eventually, the concept grew to a 50 min performance.
Conceived and directed by Stephen Brown in collaboration with performers Annie Kent, Arielle Hassett, Jorji Diaz Fadel, and Bashaun Williams. Additional performers on past stagings include Christine Hasegawa, Natosha Washington, Josh Shutkind, and Lucas Horns. Show co-directed by Nathan Shaw. For All Those Kinds of Love, music performed and rendered by Raffi and Ischa. Additional choreography by Satu Hummasti.
Program: A Big Adios
In creation as of winter 2023-24. Stay tuned!
Site photography by Paul Christean