The Spoleto Festival USA 2017 Promises More Dance and Theatre Performances Than Ever Before

The most exciting time of year for Charleston’s arts world is quickly approaching. The 41st annual Spoleto Festival USA will take place May 26 through June 11, 2017, in Charleston, South Carolina.

“On the heels of a hugely exciting 40th season, this year’s Festival promises to build on that momentum, with even more dance and theatre performances than in previous years,” says Festival General Director Nigel Redden. “Charleston’s rich history in the arts comes alive during each Festival, and we will explore that history and add to it again.

The 2017 Festival features more than 160 ticketed events, held in 12 venues around Charleston that reflect the city’s past and present, including Woolfe Street Playhouse, Dock Street Theatre, Memminger Auditorium and the recently renovated Charleston Gaillard Center.

The American Express Woolfe Street Series will send audiences to the Upper King-area industrial building-turned-playhouse for a wide array of events, including a world premiere from tap choreographer and performer Ayodele Casel, three programs of Spoleto Festival USA Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy’s contemporary Music in Time series, and the world premiere of Cinema and Sound, featuring Festival-favorite pianist Stephen Prutsman.

In addition, for the third year in a row, the festival will present Spoleto Salon, a series of four free talks that aim to illuminate the 2017 festival from a behind-the-scenes perspective.

The festival will culminate with the spectacular Wells Fargo Festival Finale, which will take place across the Ashley River at historic Middleton Place, giving ticket holders access to not only a full lineup of local and regional bands headlined by The Revivalists, but also the opportunity to explore the estate’s lush grounds and scenic gardens.

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Go Beyond Skin Deep at The Spa at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Upon leaving a spa, guests don’t want to just feel good — they want to look good as well. The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has teamed up with the developer of the NuFACE Trinity device to deliver FDA-approved, multi-solution anti-aging therapies that produce almost instant, visible results.

“Our new 90-minute Micro-Current Face Lifting Facial and 60-minute Wrinkle Repair Treatment provide nearly instant results that appear more natural than a facelift or Botox treatment,” says spa manager Paul Fleming.

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With the NuFACE Trinity facial, treatments go beyond skin deep. The device stimulates the facial muscles, in essence giving them a workout — even around the eyes — to leave them more toned and strengthened. This “workout” leads to tighter and lifted skin, a more defined jawline and smoothed-out wrinkles. Unlike some medical devices, which “shock” to stimulate the muscle (which can cause atrophy), NuFACE is safe and gentle, and offers settings to adjust to each guest’s individual comfort level. The Spa offers the treatment at a cost of $275 for a 90-minute session.
The NuFACE Trinity Wrinkle Repair treatment minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. To combat the breakdown of collagen and elastin due to aging, the NuFACE Trinity LED red light attachment is used to increase the production of collagen and elastin in the treated area. A 60-minute treatment is $205 at The Spa.
“To help our guests appreciate their results, we treat one half of the face and then allow them to see the difference,” says Fleming. “We then complete the treatment on the other half of the face.”
Just like a workout for any other body part, results are temporary, with the first treatment peaking at about eight hours. “The more guests repeat these treatments at home, the more lasting they become,” explains Fleming. “To facilitate home care, we offer the NuFACE Trinity for sale in The Spa.”

Read more about Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Connoisseur: The Magazine of Kiawah Island Golf Resort.