Trolley Dances 2015: Catch the Rapids
September 26 - 27 & October 3 - 4
San Diego Dance Theater and the Metropolitan Transit System present
17th Annual Trolley Dances
Over the past 17 years of presenting TROLLEY DANCES Artistic Director Jean Isaacs has choreographed work in a fountain, a board room, a supermarket, a library and in a children’s museum but never in Balboa Park! For this year’s Annual TROLLEY DANCES, tours will travel from downtown to Balboa Park in celebration of Centennial with lots of surprises in between. A stellar team of choreographers are on board to create new work that is sure to delight and engage.
Isaacs, Trolley Dances founder, is thrilled to welcome award winning director/choreographer/media artist Stephan Koplowitz as a first- time Trolley Dance choreographer. Internationally known for his work on the concert stage and for creating original site-specific multi-media works for architecturally significant sites, Koplowitz is a Dean of the Dance Program at the California Institute for the Arts in Los Angeles. “I’ve been wanted to bring Stephan to San Diego for some time and I’m excited to see what he brings to the project,” said Isaacs, who will also be creating a new dance for this year’s event.
Rounding out the team of choreographers are Seattle’s Mark Haim (recently in San Diego for the critically-acclaimed This Land is Your Land,) and San Diegans Liv Isaacs Nollet, Anne Gehman, and Suzanne Forbes Vierling.
Last year’s event attracted over 3,000 patrons with many more enjoying the dance by simply walking by! Patrons are encouraged to wear good walking shoes, and to bring some water and a sense of adventure.
See dance set in unexpected places!
Bring good walking shoes, some water, and a sense of adventure.
Trolley Dances Start Point
Tours will begin at the new County of San Diego Waterfront Park at the San Diego County Building on N. Harbor Drive and continue on trolley and MTS’s new Rapids buses across town to Balboa Park.
Tickets include a FREE all day Trolley Pass and admission to Mingei International Museum with advance purchase.
Tour Times: 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1:00, 1:45.
Tickets: $35 General Admission; $25 Seniors; $15 Students/Active Military
Children under 6 and patrons in wheelchairs are FREE.
Group Rates Available for 10 or more.
TROLLEY DANCES 2015 is funded in part by grants from MTS, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, City of San Diego, Qualcomm Foundation, California Arts Council, Parker Foundation, Weiss Charitable Trust, the County of San Diego, and the National Endowment of the Arts, its only funded dance activity in the region.
TROLLEY CENTRAL: County Administration Building @ County Center/Little Italy Trolley Stop on the Green Line.
Parking Information: sandiegocounty.gov
Trolley Maps and Schedules: sdmts.com
Kids-On-Board: September 25
To see how your school can be involved, contact Trolley Dance Outreach Director, Jessica Curiel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer as a Trolley Dances Tour Guide. Lead the way as our 3,000 audience members explore site-specific dance in San Diego.
Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Hancock: email@example.com
Meet the Choreographers
Jean Isaacs Artistic/Executive Director San Diego Dance Theater (Founder and Artistic Director of "Trolley Dances" and Choreographer) is a critically acclaimed, award-winning choreographer whose work has been presented in Switzerland, Germany, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, and Poland, as well as on both coast of America. Isaacss is the co-founder of the San Diego Dance Alliance, Three's COmpany and Dancers, and Isaacs/McCaleb & Dancers.
Stephan Koplowitz is an award-winning director and choreographer specializing in site-specific multimedia performances. Currently the Dean of the Dept. of Dance at the California Institute for the Arts, Koplowitz has created the largest MOOCS Course on campus with 8,000 students taking his Site Dances course on-line. He has received the Alpert Award, a Dance Theater Workshop Fellowship, and "Bessie" Award, and distinguished alumnus awards from Wesleyan U and from the U of Utah.
Mark Haim has choreographed professionally since 1984, with commissions by the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballett Frankfurt, the Joffrey Ballt, the Limon Dance Company, the American Dance Festival, the Danspace Project, On The Boards and other companies, theaters and schools. He has received awards from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts and more. He resently set his critically acclaimed "This Land is Your Land" on a group of San Diego dancers for youTurn Live Arts.
Dr. Suzanne Forbes-Vierling has been making her hybrid brand of African Dance with contemporary streams since 1982. She utilizes traditional drumming with cutting-edge wind instruments for a rare and unique accompaniment to her wildly-physical movement vocabulary. Highly visible in the San Diego region, her troupe performs annually at the Nations of San Diego Festival and at the World Beat Cultural Center.
Anne Gehman earned a degree in Dance from Jacksonville University and moved to San Diego with her Naval Officer husband the following year. She co-founded youTurn Contemporary Arts which is a platform for her own dances as well as those of other equally experimental choreographers. Straddling the world of modern and postmodern dance, Anne performs and creates movement for theater and for dances in nontraditional spaces. Her work was selected for the Young Choreographer Showcase in 2013.
Liv Isaacs-Nollet graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase and returned to San Diego in 2002 to join her mother, Jean Isaacs', San Diego Dance Theater, where she is a featured principal dancer. Her 2012 site-specific choreographer for our Hacienda Project in Carlsbad's Magee Park featured a turn-of-the-century couple entering an arranged marriage beneath of the park's 1890s-built wedding canopies, and was the hit of the event.