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Moving Violation: Southern California Director Yuval Sharon Announces 'Hopscotch: A Mobile Opera for 18 Cars' for the Highway

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Sep 30, 2014 03:04 PM EDT

Subway jazz musicians and "Showtime!" dance stoppers take note: A Southern California director is planning an opera, Hopscotch: A Mobile Opera for 18 Cars, that takes place inside 18 cars on the streets and highways of Los Angeles.

Yuval Sharon, artistic director of the Los Angeles-based opera company The Industry, plans to debut the latest production in fall 2015. Sharon plans to feature a different 10-minute scene per car, tracing the lives and personalities of several different characters.

According to WQXR, there will be a space for an audience, and members may buy tickets for individual cars of their choosing. But here's the kicker: The destination is unknown and your fellow passengers are, also, anonymous.

And as if that was not enough, a live stream of the performance from a central hub will be offered for anyone in the parking lot at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Sharon spoke with the L.A. Times, saying, "L.A. is often blasted as a city that has no center. And in many ways what is going to feel good is actually building a central hub that ties all of the car journeys together."

Yuval continued: "I think that's going to have enormous significance to the people that are there."

While it may not be the Guggenheim for East Coasters, the highway could prove to be a perfect stage for a new avant-garde art installation.

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