Dance in Transit – What a Trip!
Dance in Transit is an outdoor dance festival conceived by two San Jose State graduates Natalie Quilici and Claire Alexander, and performed at 5 downtown, outdoor venues by emerging dancers from dance companies from all over the bay area. The event begins at the Convention Center light rail station with a performance on the steps of the San Jose Civic Center. After the performance everyone got on light rail headed over to the St. James station where we watched a wonderful performance entitled “Call to Arms.”
The audience sat on the steps of the courthouse while the dancers danced on the sidewalk. The dancers seemed unruffled by occasional cyclists and pedestrians who passed through their dance. One spectator even tried to join the dance. From the courthouse we walked to the playground at St. James park where we were treated to a graceful performance by four dancers who used the swing set as park of the dance. I noticed that seconds after the dance was over, the swings were back in use by the children in the park.
We piled back onto light rail and headed over to San Jose Rep where some really upbeat dancers danced hip-hop and jazz. I couldn’t stop smiling.
For the last performance we walked to Caesar Chavez Park where the Necrocosm dancers performed a spectacular dance right in the fountain.
When it was all over, it seemed most of us in the audience felt like we had just been treated to something really special. The dance tours repeat tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 19) with tours at 11, 1, 2, 3 and 4 starting at the Convention Center light rail station. All you need to purchase for the 1 1/2 hour tour is a $2 light rail ticket (available at the station kiosk).