Right to left: Janet Koike, Megan Lowe and Tina Blaine on the Park Street Bridge in Alameda. Photo by Andy Mogg.
Rhythmix Cultural Works, in association with Epiphany Productions, presents “Island City Waterways,” a fun and unusual free public art event happening on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 in Alameda.
Via music, theater, dance, storytelling and the visual arts, the event takes participants on a 90-minute walking tour that introduces them to island city’s maritime heritage and its rich cultural diversity.
Dreamed up and directed by Janet Koike, Rhythmix’s founder and artistic director, “Island City Waterways,” is interactive. Tour goers can weave grasses into abstract forms in the same fashion that Ohlone Indians once did, add to a large chalk mural illustrating the waterways of the estuary and join performers in songs in the traditions of immigrants who once worked in the maritime trades.
The event includes original choreography by Kim Epifano and actor and director Ed Holmes as the lead storyteller. Other collaborators include video installation artist Alessandro Moruzzi, members of Maze Daiko ensemble and environmental artist Ginny Parsons. East Bay historians Dennis Evanosky and Eric Kos served as consultants.
Encompassing a half-mile path along the Waterfront trail and led by volunteer guides, the walking tours begin at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 near the foot of Fruitvale Bridge at Blanding Avenue in Alameda.
Arrive at least 30 minutes in advance for parking and registration. Tours allow approximately 100 people per tour and individual, advance reservations for 50 available spaces per tour are available at www.islandcitywaterways.org. Check the website for other related events