Posted by: trailerpilot | 05:21::2009

High arches.

St. Louis' Gateway Arch. Photo by Matt Kozlowski.

St. Louis' Gateway Arch. Photo by Matt Kozlowski.

Last year’s inaugural Spring to Dance Festival smacked of the kind of event that’s had years to mature: A top-shelf assortment of great companies, many new to me, packed bills over Memorial Day weekend. Also, the twin houses of Pei Cobb Freed & PartnersTouhill Performing Arts Center are ideally suited to presenting both intimate and large-scale work. Now that Dance St. Louis has one under its belt, it’s forging ahead for another great, why-did-it-take-this-long-to-get-this-kind-of-thing-together series.

Not to toot the hometown horn, but—as with last year—Chicago comes out most-represented among participating cities. In the big house (the 1,600-seat Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall) there will be performances by:

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

While the lovely Lee Theater welcomes:

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

I don’t think I need to tell you that’s one hell of a lineup. The atmosphere is great, tickets are an insanely cheap ten bucks per show, and with GPS and a radar detector you can sleep in, hit the road and make it down in time for curtain (I did). If you live nearby, well, I dare you to come up with an excuse. I can’t make it this year, sadly, so go and holler for me.

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