Choreographers Corner- Trolley Dances 2015: Suzanne Forbes-Vierling

Suzanne FV

2015 is going to be an extra spectacular year for Trolley Dances! We’ve got new forms of public transportation in the mix, and dance in iconic spaces at Balboa Park! It is all happening September 26th-27th, and October 3rd-4th. Joining us for Trolley Dances 2015: Catch the Rapid is local West African/contemporary choreographer Dr. Suzanne Forbes-Vierling. Suzanne has been making high energy, physically dynamic dance since 1982. With live drumming to compliment her Trolley Dances piece, her work is sure to bring down the house and have you dancing along! She has taken the time to share a little bit about her first-time Trolley Dances experience with us.

What is your past experience with Trolley Dances?
None! I’ve known about this fabulous event and I always thought – how exciting, how interesting to be the audience member to move and travel to a setting that the dancers have adapted to.

What is it like to be a first-time choreographer for Trolley Dances?
It’s wonderful.  I am busy.  I love my dancers and I have a unique role in that I’m teaching West African movement and technique – while simultaneously choreographing.  My dancers must learn technique and communicate the story. Suzanne TD re.- Jon Young
Tell us a little bit about your site. How/why did you pick your Trolley Dances site?
Well Jean Isaacs thought it would be a great site for me and I just went for it.  I love it.  She was right! Every San Diegan has great childhood memories playing and running around freely where my piece will be performed!

Can you please include a little bit about the concept for the work. What would you like the audience to know about your Trolley Dance?
Roots, Soul and Love! My piece is about staying grounded, staying connected to who you are, holding on to the value of life, letting technology sit out for a hot minute. LOL. Connection! Feeling the Soul.

Suzanne FV- Jon YoungWhat music is on your Trolley Dances playlist right now?
West African Rhythm called Sinte.

What interests you about site-specific dance?
It’s unpredictable! You project your work onto an existing shape, form, stage.  You must adapt, meld, keep.  The transparency of the environment is fascinating and illustrates further that we really need to adapt to what we have and not only make it work, but embrace the space and thrive.

Thank you for sharing Suzanne!

Tickets and more information for Trolley Dances 2015: Catch the Rapid are available online at:

Photos by Jon Young

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