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Take a surprise trip with North Shore Trolley Dances
Trolley Dances is kicking off its first season on the North Shore, highlighting four top-secret cultural and historical spots through music and dance.
Modeled after a popular San Diego art adventure, ticket holders won’t know which dancers are performing until right before the trollies roll out Sept. 30.
“Most times performance art is in buildings so people have to pay, making it exclusive,” says Linda Feil, executive director of the North Vancouver Community Arts Council.
Although people have to pay to get on the trollies, she says, the dances are all done outside so anyone who stumbles across a performance can pop in for free.
“This non-traditional way of performing interjects into their day something they will never foresee happening.”
And this sense of surprise is what drew Feil to Trolley Dances in the first place.
She was immediately interested in the movement when she heard about it at a conference in San Diego. For 14 years, a dance company there has taken riders to different locations throughout the city, surprising them with different forms of contemporary performance.
Trolley Dances on the North Shore, however, will be a bit different. Because the historical red buses, which are being provided by the Vancouver Trolley Company, aren’t on tracks like in San Diego, the performances can take place anywhere.
Instead of taking place inside buildings, every show will be at outdoor spots that specifically relate to the dance groups.
And since the event is put on by the North Van Arts Council, the performances could be done by any group, not just ones from a specific company.
So what can Feil reveal about the secret dancers? Each group will be culturally diverse, she says, adding that audience members will likely be visiting some locations for the first time.
Two out of four trollies have already sold out for the one-day event on Sept. 30. The trollies are leaving Lonsdale Avenue at noon and will return at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit nvartscouncil.ca.