Full-blown Pop-Up Show
Curbside Theater takes the 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 is “All Those Kinds of Love”, a stage show set to an international songbook from the 50s and 60s with live music by Raffi and Ischa.
Program B is “MicroDose”, a new piece with a completely different format, takes place in open areas and employs a large moving sculpture.
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.
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? Most organize some kind of social event and cap off the evening with a performance at dusk.
- 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, no obstructions like tree branches, and ideally pretty dark. Cul-de-sacs, green spaces, parks, paved areas like a parking lot are typical. In special cases where vehicle access isn’t possible, we set up a custom platform stage.
- What’s the best time? Around dusk so our stage lighting can elevate the experience.
- What time is dusk? In Salt Lake, it’s approximately 9:15pm on the summer solstice. By late September, it’s closer to 7:30pm. If the location is shaded by mountains, trees, or buildings, it will be dim sooner.
- Is it always the same show? Program A, “All Those Kinds of Love” is set on a small elevated stage with live music. It was extensively revised for 2022. Program B, “Untitled”, takes place in a large grassy area with pre-recorded music.
- How can I help get spread the word? Send folks the link to this site, get on Instagram and tag #curbsidetheater. We endeavor to reach vulnerable and under-served populations. Please reach out if you need suggestions or help with coordination.
Made possible by
Conceived and directed by Stephen Brown in collaboration with performers Annie Kent, Arielle Hassett, Jorji Diaz Fadel, and Bashaun Williams. 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.
Our loves goes out to the many minds, bodies, audiences, and supporters, over many years, that have made this work possible. We follow our dreams.
Site photography by Paul Christean