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  • Dates and times
  • About Trolley Dances
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A short documentary by San Diego State University professor Mark Freeman takes an inside look at the 2007 Trolley Dances. Its premiere on KPBS celebrates the tenth anniversary of this unique San Diego performance.

"These dances blur the lines between audience and artist," Freeman said. "It challenges viewers to see our city in a different way."

The result is a dynamic energy that Freeman eloquently captured on film.

The film

The 30-minute film shows viewers what it takes to move Trolley Dances from vision to reality.

Freeman followed choreographers through the site selection process, captured the nerves and excitement of auditions and portrayed the thrill of performance from both the audience and dancer’s perspective.

Dates and times

Trolley Dances, made possible with the support of SDSU and the Centre City Development Corporation, premieres at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30th on KPBS-TV. It coincides with the 2008 dances which take place throughout San Diego Sept. 27 and 28, and Oct. 4 and 5.

The brainchild of Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater, Trolley Dances takes audiences to different settings via the San Diego Trolley to view site-specific dance performances at stops along the trolley line.

About Trolley Dances

The popularity of San Diego’s Trolley Dances inspired San Francisco choreographer Kim Epifano to start the tradition in Northern California.

To help celebrate Epifano’s fifth anniversary, Freeman’s film will also air on local public television stations in San Francisco, San Jose and Sonoma.

For more information on Trolley Dances, visit www.markfreemanfilms.org.

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