Trolley Dances return in October

Evonne Ermey

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Most people don’t think of dancing when they think of public transportation, but for the past ten years that is exactly what Jean Isaacs Dance Theatre and the Metropolitan Transit System have been bringing to San Diego commuters in the form of Trolley Dances.

The event, which kicks off its silver anniversary Sept 27 at the Hazard Center trolley stop, gives passengers the chance to experience dance at different venues along San Diego Trolley’s rail system. This year’s route will travel the blue and green lines along the San Diego River and into Old Town, culminating in a final performance at Downtown’s Santa Fe Depot. The two hour tours will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sep 27 and 28 and Oct 4 and 5.

Trolley Dance patrons can expect a total of six site specific performances on their journey from Mission Valley to Downtown. The dances promise to be anything but routine as performers present their viewers with unique choreography inspired by their surroundings.

“We take the neighborhood, and we see what can happen,” says Jean Isaacs, artistic director and founder of Trolley Dances. “Dancers hang from trees and staircases. They’re not dances that can be performed anywhere but that site. They’re not repeatable and hopefully, when people go back to that site again, they’ll remember that experience.”

Past performances have been set against the backdrop of places like Food 4 Less where dancers juggled fruit while executing complicated dance moves in the store’s produce section. This year’s venues will include the Mission Valley Preserve and lesser known areas of Old Town.

Trolley Dance’s 2008 tour will showcase the talents of five choreographers, Jean Isaacs, Monica Bill Barnes, Anthony Rodriguez, Katie Stevinson-Nollet and City College’s dance instructor Terry Wilson, along with a cast of 56 dancers.

Call (619) 225-1803 or visit www.sandiegodanetheater.org

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