Final 2017 Spoleto Festival USA Preview

The program for the this year's Spoleto Festival USA, taking place May 26th through June 11th, features more than 160 ticketed events spanning numerous categories.

Over the past two monthsHoly City Sinner has provided a look into each of these disciplines, and today, we take a look at the last few categories.  Here's how the festival describes each:


After a triumphant Festival debut in 2013 (performing Le Grand C), Compagnie XY will bring a new piece of French circus—this time a metaphor for the ways in which humanity faces instability and imbalance—to Charleston’s Memminger Auditorium for six performances beginning June 6. In Il n’est pas encore minuit, performers will evoke aspects of the human experience: the inevitable fall, the state of weightlessness, the euphoria of uplift. The troupe’s feats—stacking bodies four-people high, for instance—and continuous surprise create an edge-of-your-seat experience for audiences of all ages.


For a fifth year, Spoleto Festival USA will again collaborate with the Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy to present Behind the Garden Gate—self-guided tours on May 27 and June 3 through 16 of Charleston’s most charming private gardens that are often hidden behind gates and ivy-covered walls.


The Festival continues its Conversations With discussion series—interviews with Festival artists conducted by Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner. This season, the four sessions will feature: Quartett director John Fulljames and conductor John Kennedy, Waiting for Godot and Farnace director Garry Hynes, tap dancer Ayodele Casel, and pianist/composer Stephen Prutsman. Ayodele Casel’s conversation will take place at the Woolfe Street Playhouse; all others will be held at the Charleston Library Society.

The full 2017 program and an event calendar can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 843.579.3100 and online at spoletousa.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person through the Spoleto Festival USA Box Office at the Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun Street) beginning on Monday, May 1.

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