“Nothing beats the grace and beauty of the human form. I want to see pointe shoes and bold moves! What are the best dance performances at Spoleto this year?”
We hear you and we agree! Dance—of all types—has always been a hugely important part of Spoleto. The following sample itinerary is perfect for dance enthusiasts and takes place across all three weekends of the Festival. If you can’t make this exact lineup work, that’s okay! Use it as a starting point and make adjustments to fit your schedule, interests, and budget.
SATURDAY, MAY 23
- 6:00pm: Scottish Ballet at the Gaillard Center
Scottish Ballet was a big hit at the 2015 Festival with their rendition of A Streetcar Named Desire, and this year they’re staging a powerful interpretation of The Crucible. Choreographed by Helen Pickett, this production is packed with drama, passion, and visual storytelling that will leave you riveted as seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, unravels into chaos and suspicion.
- 8:00pm: Opening-Weekend Fête at the Gibbes Museum of Art
Toast the 2020 Festival with the dancers from Scottish Ballet at this year’s Opening-Weekend Fête. Celebrate the 2020 Festival and mingle with artists and patrons while enjoying a sumptuous dinner, dancing, and the beautiful venue—the Gibbes Museum of Art.
SATURDAY, MAY 30
- 3:30pm: Trisha Brown Dance Company at the Sottile Theatre
Start your Festival day with a matinee performance of postmodern magnificence at the newly reopened Sottile Theatre! Trisha Brown Dance Company is celebrating their 50th anniversary with three distinct pieces from their repertoire. An influential vanguard of the form, this troupe is sure to leave a lasting impression.
- 7:00pm: Caleb Teicher & Company at the Emmett Robinson Theatre
After an early dinner and/or happy hour, stroll the short distance to Emmett Robinson Theatre for some lively tap dance courtesy of Caleb Teicher & Company. Presenting a fun, upbeat program set to music ranging from classical to beatboxing, this show incorporates jazz, tap, and Appalachian flatfooting.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7
- 2:00pm: Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras at the Gaillard Center
Renowned flamenco company Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras returns to Spoleto with Sombras, a new program that epitomizes the passion and beauty of traditional Spanish dance. This matinee performance at the Gaillard Center will feature Baras’s trademark style of la farruca—a dazzling, fast-stepping technique rarely performed by women.
- 8:30pm: The War and Treaty at the Cistern Yard
By now you’ve seen enough to pick up some new moves, right? That’s a good thing because it’s time for you to do the dancing. The War and Treaty headlines this year’s Wells Fargo Cistern Finale, and it’s going to be a feel-good celebration for all. The bass lines will keep your body moving, so plan to stay on your feet and boogie to their joyous, funky southern soul.
“I can feel the rhythm already—let’s dance!”
Tickets to these—and all—Festival performances are available online at spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100. Remember: this is just a suggested itinerary to show you what a dance-focused Festival experience could look like. We encourage you to browse all of the Festival’s offerings and make your own moves!
NOTE: The 2020 Festival has been cancelled. For more information, click here.