Festival Productions

Dances with Walls

Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater


World Premiere
Choreographed and directed by Jean Isaacs

135 Person Capacity Per Performance
Run time: 30 minutes

Dances with Walls

About the Production

Dances with (or against) walls is a strategy that San Diego Dance Theater Artistic Director Jean Isaacs has employed to address the overwhelming number of choices presented by site-specific choreography. By dancing against walls, Isaacs creates a two dimensional form out of a three dimensional genre. The human body viewed moving against an unyielding concrete or stone wall challenges the viewer’s emotional responses by eliciting both vulnerability and stoicism. Audiences will be encouraged to use their phones to capture photos and video of the live performance which San Diego Dance Theater will post on their website for a virtual experience of this stunning dance piece.

Patron Note

Limited seating provided. Patrons will walk and stand throughout performance. Audiences will be guided to three different dances by a tour guide.


Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater

has become synonymous with site-specific dance in San Diego since the creation of her inventive Trolley Dances in 1999. Since that time, the annual event has grown to include versions in Riverside and San Francisco. Ms. Isaacs has choreographed four productions at La Jolla Playhouse and taught dance in UC San Diego's Department of Theater and Dance for 25 years before retiring in 2008. Her choreography for Wintertime won the San Diego Craig Noel Award in 2000. More at sandiegodancetheater.org


All tickets


  • FRI: 12:00 pm, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:00 pm
  • SAT: 12:00 pm, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:30 pm
  • SUN: 12:00 pm, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:30 pm


Performance begins at Wagner Dance Building