Dance makes me happier than almost anything else. Ballet, modern, tap, ballroom… when music plays, it’s hard to keep still. I love how it feels to move, to let my body respond to a melody.
Watching a dance performance gives me another kind of thrill. No matter how many classes I’ve taken or how many concerts I’ve seen, I’m always amazed at the things a dancer’s body can do. Choreographers tell stories using the infinite possibilities of movement in the same way that authors build worlds with words.
One of my favorite San Diego dance performances is the annual Trolley Dances, a site-specific concert that takes place the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October every year. This year is San Diego Dance Theater’s 13th Annual Trolley Dances.
In site-specific dance, the location is as much a part of the choreography as the movement in the same way that setting can become a character in certain novels and stories. The dance might be adapted for another place, but it could never be the same when performed somewhere other than its original site.
The audience of Trolley Dances rides the trolley along the line where they find dancers waiting to perform for them at locations near certain stops. I’m very excited to be a tour guide this year. My job will be to show audience members when to get on and off the trolley and to lead the audience to each performance site.
Yesterday, I went on a dry run with other tour guides to see the places that have been chosen for this year’s dances and we even got to watch a few rehearsals. Now I can hardly wait to watch the performance when it’s my turn to guide a tour.
This year, Trolley Dances begins at Grantville Station and the audience will ride the Green Line out to Santee with dances performed at several stops along the way. Choreographers include Jean Isaacs, Minerva Tapia, John Diaz, Allyson Green and Paz Tanjuaquio.
If you’re interested in watching a unique dance performance and love an adventure, give Trolley Dances a try. Just don’t forget to wear walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen.
Performances are scheduled for Saturdays, September 24 and October 1 (Saturday tours leave on the hour at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3) and Sundays, September 25 and October 2 (Sunday tours leave every half hour at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30). Each tour lasts about 3 hours.
Tickets are $30 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and they are available online and on the ground level at Grantville Station on performance days. An all-day trolley pass is included with price of admission.