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Island City Waterways

  • Crown Memorial State Beach 1451 8th Street Alameda, CA, 94501 United States (map)
 Photo by Maurice Ramirez

Photo by Maurice Ramirez

Four performances each day at 10am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, and 3:15pm

Rhythmix Cultural Works presents Island City Waterways, a site-specific public art event that animates Alameda’s past and present through music, dance, theater, storytelling, and more. A cast of forty actors, dancers, and musicians leads audiences on an easy stroll around Crab Cove, Crown Memorial State Beach for a 75-minute performance that brings to vibrant life the Cove’s rich history and celebrates the sea.

Carnies and bathing beauties start the show off with a walk down Memory Lane, back to the Roaring Twenties when the area was the home of Neptune Beach, an amusement park with extravagant public baths. Then, following a drum corps, audiences visit “Glory of the Seas,” a WWII-era maritime officer training station, where they will join the trainees for drills. Ryujin the Dragon Queen spins a tale of ecological warning on the shores of the first estuary marine reserve in California, established in 1980. And finally, Japanese taiko drummers, Balinese gamelan performers, musicians, and contemporary dancers take to the beach for a dazzling ‘Island to Island’ finale that pays tribute to our shared waters and the global community’s efforts to protect them.

Island City Waterways features actors Ed Holmes and Bob Ernst, Epiphany Productions, Maze Daiko, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, the Prescott School Stilt Walkers, and guest artists Mark Izu and Brenda Wong Aoki. Created by Janet Koike, directed by Jeff Raz, written by Ed Holmes, and choreographed by Kim Epifano, Island City Waterways is presented in association with East Bay Regional Parks District.

Earlier Event: May 20
Bay to Breakers