Welcome to the Spoleto Festival USA journal.

Delve deeper into the stories that make up the fabric of the Festival.

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Unfolding obscure histories of Black Shaker communities, the celebrated choreographer draws from extensive research and his signature “post-African/neo-HooDoo modern dance” lens to bring new perspective to the spectrum of American Christian religion.

Ballet Encore

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Top New York City Ballet dancers illuminate dynamic choreography by George Balanchine, Lar Lubovitch, and Justin Peck in a romantic, expanded program.

Malpaso Dance Company

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Cuba’s brightest contemporary dancers showcase the breadth of their excellence in three disparate yet vibrant selections spanning exuberance, loss, and apocalyptic fears.


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Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’s world premiere opera recounts the life and autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, an African scholar enslaved in the Carolinas who refused to be defined or erased by his captors.

Presented by Wells Fargo