The San Diego Dance Theater's Trolley Dances return in early June at several Green Line stops.
The San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances return in early June at several Green Line stops. Image via SDDT

San Diego Dance Theater’s outdoor favorite — Trolley Dances — returns in June with four performances on each of two days.

The tour travels the MTS Green Line to SDSU Trolley Station, Grantville Trolley Station and back, it was announced Thursday, with performances at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. June 5 and 6.

“Trolley Dances are like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get!” said Pam Jong, a frequent performer.

In 2020, fall Trolley Dances were online with in-person performances shifted to June 2021.

The 70th Street trolley stop in La Mesa 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.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for Seniors/Military/Working Artist, $15 for students and youth. Kids under 5 get in free.

Site-specific dances are created by dance-makers 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, organizers said.

“Often there is no one particularly favored point of view, so audiences may view these dances from any angle,” said organizers.

Jean Isaacs — founder and producer of 22 Trolley Dances — will join the creative team again, along with Monica Bill Barnes, New York favorite Jody Oberfelder and newcomer Mary Anne Fernandez-Herding with her company The Movement Source.

Over the past 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.

The project is 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.

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