Dorrance Dance

Dorrance Dance

Co-presented with YBCA

The Blues Project with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely featuring Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

Thursday–Saturday, March 16–18, 2017 | 7:30pm

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The Blues Project

About This Performance

Tap dance, America’s most long-standing indigenous jazz vernacular, is here to receive its due. Winner of the 2015 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production, The Blues Project is the apotheosis of MacArthur “genius” Michelle Dorrance’s vision of honoring and pushing the boundaries of tap tradition, bringing it into a sharp, contemporary focus. Nine dancers and five musicians celebrate the confluence of quintessential American dance and music in astonishing tap solos and dazzlingly complex ensembles.

“Ms. Dorrance, a brilliant conductor, pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music. ”

—The New York Times

Performer Biography

Dorrance Dance/New York aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. Street, club and experimental dance forms—all of which are American dreams—awake to the sound of furious rhythms, and find their boundaries missing. Tap dance, America’s most long-standing indigenous jazz vernacular, is here to receive its due.

Dorrance Dance’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap.” The company has performed at Danspace Project, The Kennedy Center, The Yard, Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow’s Ruth St. Denis Stage, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (CHRP), The Barcelona Tap Festival, The DC Tap Festival, The North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, The Soul to Sole Festival and Beantown Tap Festival’s “On Tap!,” all to rave reviews.

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Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely: The Blues Project (excerpts)