Cleveland Orchestra cellist films his 500-mile walk through Spain and France

Posted on: April 3, 2017

Dane Johansen, a cellist in the Cleveland Orchestra, has made a film, Strangers on the Earth, that is being shown this month at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival. The film—being shown on April 4, 5, and 9—chronicles Johansen’s journey in May 2014 on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient route to Santiago de Compostela and Fisterra, that took him 500 miles through the Pyrenées of France, then Spain, and to the Atlantic Ocean. Romans constructed roads, monasteries, and cathedrals along the route during the Christianization of Spain to assist pilgrims walking to Santiago de Compostela. At his website, Johansen noted, “I have decided to combine my musical pilgrimage with a physical one. In May I will walk nearly 600 miles on the Camino de Santiago.… I will carry my cello, performing and recording Bach’s Suites in ancient churches along the way.” In 2016, the film played at the Santa Fe Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival. Johansen joined the cello section of the Cleveland Orchestra in 2016.

Posted April 3, 2017