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San Diego Dance Theater Presents Trolley Dances


  • WHEN Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. , 11:30 a.m. , 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. , 11:30 a.m. , 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE 70th Street Trolley Station, San Diego, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $25

Now in it’s 23rd year with long time partner, San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances™ travels the Green Line from 70th Street to Grantville and back. There is a smaller, yet prestigious line up of dancemakers, a 3-stop tour with 4 dances, and fewer and smaller tours per day for one weekend only, June 5-6, 2021.

2021 logistics and creative team
Founder and producer of 22 Trolley Dances, former artistic director of SDDT, and San Diego dance icon Jean Isaacs will join the creative team once again, along with the beloved Monica Bill Barnes, New York favorite Jody Oberfelder, and newcomer Mary Anne Fernandez-Herding with her company The Movement Source.

The 70th Street trolley stop hosts the first dance, where parking and tickets are available at 'Trolley Central.' Two dances will be performed at the San Diego State University trolley stop, with the final performance at Grantville trolley stop before you loop back to your car, satisfied with great dance and a lovely afternoon in San Diego.

Site-specific dances are created by dancemakers on site, taking inspiration from architectural elements of the space, the play of light and shadow throughout the day, the original intended use of the space, and ornamental or decorative elements where inspiration may be found. Often there is no one particularly favored point of view, so audiences may view these dances from any angle.

Details and more information
Tours begin at 'Trolley Central' - 70th Street Trolley Station in La Mesa. Tours travel the MTS Green Line to SDSU Trolley Station, Grantville Trolley Station, and back. Free parking is available.

Tours sizes are limited. Purchase your tickets in advance! Walkups may not be available.

SAFETY: All COVID-19 protocol will be enforced. You must wear a mask and practice social distancing both at the performance sites and in the trolley car. MTS COVID-19 Protocol

$25 General Admission
$20 Senior/Military/Working Artist
$15 Student/Youth
FREE Kids under 5

Trolley Dances history
Jean Isaacs started creating site-specific dances in 1999 when she began to tire of the artificial formality of conventional stages and the hierarchy of space imposed on dancers when viewed frontally. Also, according to Isaacs, "the budget was being eaten up by the high cost of theater rental and stage technicians, with nothing left for the dancers." Over the last 23 years, Trolley Dances has provided work for almost 100 choreographers and over 800 dancers, and been viewed by 45,000 people. In partnership with MTS, the purchase of a Trolley Dances ticket includes a free all-day trolley pass. This project has been funded by the City of San Diego, California Arts Council, Commission for Arts and Culture, The National Endowment for the Arts, Qualcomm Foundation, and the Zinser Family Foundation. Trolley DancesTM is a trademark of San Diego Dance Theater and is also performed in San Francisco and has been performed in Riverside and Stockton, CA.

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Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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