BAYarts welcomes Groundworks Dance Theatre

Groundworks Contemporary Dance will be on the BAYarts summer stage in July. 

BAYarts loves nothing more than introducing new and innovative work to our Westshore campus, so when Groundworks Dance Theater, the groundbreaking contemporary dance company, was sidelined by the pandemic shutdown and needed open and outdoor venues to perform, the two organizations connected. Having never visited the campus before, Groundworks Executive Director David Shimotakahara was immediately taken by the beauty of the venue and possibility of creating something "out of the box" to fit the space. For BAYarts, it's a perfect fit for the return of the summer events season.

GroundWorks Dance Theater is a nationally recognized troupe headquartered in Shaker Heights with a mission to engage, educate and enliven communities, right in line with BAYarts' mission. This is the organization's first westside appearance for a night of vibrant and engaging modern dance.

A diverse group of choreographers are lined up for this intimate performance including new work by Adam Barruch, originally created for film and re-imagined for the stage. Also enjoy the stage version of “INSIDE,” by Cleveland-native Antonio Brown, and Doug Elkins’ hilarious and moving “My Hummingbird at the High Line,” originally created for GroundWorks in 2012.

This is one of BAYarts' rare ticketed summer events due to the many facets of bringing this type of performance to the campus. The first evening will be July 15, 7-9 p.m., following BAYarts Thursday Market and then again on July 16, 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10; $5 for children under 12. Purchase tickets at or call 440-871-6543 for more information.

Nancy Heaton

Nancy Heaton is Executive Director at BAYarts

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