You go to dance performances to delight your sense of sight, right? Well, yes, but Spoleto Festival USA dance programs are also a treat for your ears. Two phenomenal dance companies debut this weekend, both with enticing soundtracks coupled with scintillating choreography, sure to please multiple senses.

If you want to get a head start on your listening, check out the playlists below to see what music the dancers and choreographers found inspirational, and be sure to check them out in person in the TD Arena and Memminger Auditorium!


TD Arena

Remaining shows:
Saturday, May 31 at 2:00pm
Sunday, June 1 at 1:00pm

  • “Canvas,” Adam Crystal
  • “No Opera” by Manyfingers
  • Sextet and Six Marimbas by Steve Reich
  • “World Town” by MIA | LISTEN
  • “XR2” by MIA | LISTEN
  • “Blue Bayou” by Roy Orbison
  • “Crying” by Roy Orbison | LISTEN
  • “Baby, I Love You” by Aretha Franklin | LISTEN
  • “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” by Aretha Franklin | LISTEN
  • “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Nina Simone | LISTEN
  • “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone | LISTEN
  • Thirteen by Jonathan Melville Pratt


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Memminger Auditorium

Sunday, June 1 at 8:00pm
Monday, June 2 at 8:00pm
Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00pm
Thursday, June 5 at 8:00pm
Friday, June 6 at 8:00pm

  • “Everything In Its Right Place” by Radiohead | LISTEN
  • “Extraordinary Machine” by Fiona Apple | LISTEN
  • “St. Louis Cemetary Blues” by Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • “St. Louis Blues” by Etta James | LISTEN
  • “Baobabs (demo)” by Regina Spektor | LISTEN

**Dorrance Dance will also perform SOUNDspace on May 31 and June 7 at 8:00pm; and June 7 and 8 at 2:30pm. This program features a unique aural experience all its own, including an original body percussion score. “This isn’t tap to music, it’s tap as music” (The New York Times).