Today, April 29, 2015, is International Dance Day! To celebrate, we’ve highlighted the amazing dance programs/companies coming to the 2015 season of Spoleto Festival USA.


Trisha Brown Dance Company has been at the forefront of postmodern dance for the past 45 years. This year the company brings 4 influential works from their repertoire.

Set and Reset

if you couldn’t see me

Rogues (2011)

(c) Stuart Shugg 2012


TBDC_PRESENT TENSE_hi res“I’m trying to make the perfect dance, that’s what drives me” – Trisha Brown

You can see Trisha Brown Dance Company in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre on:

Friday, May 29 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 30 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 31 at 3:30pm


Photos: © Stuart Shugg 2012; © Nan Melville 2005


Shen Wei Dance Arts returns to Spoleto Festival USA for the fourth time. This year they bring two pieces. The first, titled Map, was hailed as “. . . a brilliant, mesmerizing flow of invention” by The Boston Globe and called “. . . 40 minutes of sheer gorgeousness” by The Washington Post. The vigorous and whimsical choreography is set to music from Steve Reich’s The Desert Music. The second piece, which premiered at this year’s Art Basel Miami, features a dance created for the proscenium stage and includes Shen Wei’s recent series of large-scale abstract paintings.

Map excerpt

Short video by BBC on Shen Wei’s Art Basel exhibition

“I want to capture and focus on moments of transference…to reveal the journey of dance-making and art-making, live in each performance.” – Shen Wei

Photo by Briana Blasko

Photo by Briana Blasko

Shen Wei Dance Arts will perform three times in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre on:

Friday, June 5 at 8:00pm
Saturday, June 6 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 7 at 1:00pm


Conversations With Shen Wei | Saturday, June 6 at 3:30pm

Read more about Shen Wei Dance arts in our Quick Facts blog series.


Scottish Ballet is a company with a strong reputation for embracing classic stories and creating groundbreaking works performed around the world. Their take on Tennessee Williams classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, lives up to this expectation.

A Streetcar Named Desire Trailer

Making of A Streetcar Named Desire

“The result is everything you could want of Tennessee Williams—florid, poetic, and poisonously beautiful – with just the right amount of New Orleans seasoning to the action.” – London Evening Standard


Scottish Ballet performs 4 times in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre on:

Friday, May 22 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 23 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, May 24 at 3:00pm


Read more about A Streetcar Named Desire in our Quick Facts blog series.

Photo: © Scottish Ballet


Charles “Lil Buck” Riley has brought international attention to jookin’, a street dance originating in Memphis, after a video of his improvised performance with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma went viral in 2011. Lil Buck, who is trained in both ballet and hip-hop, has performed with Madonna, New York City Ballet, and Cirque du Soleil, and in 2014 The Wall Street Journal Magazine named him Performing Arts Innovator of the Year. Cellist Ashley Bathgate is a member of the adventurous and dynamic group Bang on a Can All-Stars. Together this duo champions artistic versatility with equal comfort in the concert hall and rock club.

Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma perform The Swan

Lil Buck and Mikhail Baryshnikov for rag & bone Men’s Fall/Winter 2015

“I jump inside of the music. I mess with the tempo. You know how with an equalizer, you can see the music go up and down? That’s what I do. Being a vessel for sound. You see it in my body.” – Lil Buck in the Wall Street Journal 

What Moves You is part of the new American Express Woolfe Street Series. It will be performed 4 times at the Woolfe Street Playhouse on:

Friday, May 29 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 30 at 2:00pm & 9:00pm
Sunday, May 31 at 1:00pm & 6:00pm

(Tickets to this show are currently unavailable. To add your name to the waitlist, please call our box office at (843) 579-3100.) 


Tickets to Trisha Brown Dance Company, A Streetcar Named Desire, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and all other Festival performances are available online at, over the phone at (843) 579-3100, and in person at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting Street).

The 2015 dance series is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.


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