“With each performance of Dorrance Dance, tap expands.”
– The New York Times
In their only Festival appearance, Dorrance Dance presents Myelination, an exhilarating full-company work featuring original, live music. Each extraordinary artist functions as both an ensemble member and improvisational soloist, who are challenged to take risks and achieve new heights of technical and musical execution inside the form of tap dance. Completing this special program are the Bessie-award winning Three to One, and the whimsical Jungle Blues.
Dorrance Dance: Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Christopher Broughton, Elizabeth Burke, Warren Craft, Donovan Dorrance, Michelle Dorrance, Aaron Marcellus, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Gregory Richardson, Leonardo Sandoval, Byron Tittle, and Matthew “Megawatt” West
Choreographed by Michelle Dorrance, Myelination is a full-company work featuring original, live music by Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson with vocalist Aaron Marcellus.
“Rhythm keeps accumulating and multiplying in Myelination… it’s an exhilarating ensemble piece, including solos and duets, that switches gears from section to section. Most lovable is its inclusiveness: dancers of different races, of widely unalike temperments and couture, coexist calmly here, often in exactly the same intricate meter but sometimes in overlapping sequences and facing separate directions. The live music – with vocals, piano, guitar, percussion and other instruments – is in a range of appealingly melodic jazz styles; its harmony with the dancing is never simple.” – Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
Choreography: Michelle Dorrance in collaboration with and featuring improvisation by the dancers
Music: Prawn til Dante with vocals by Aaron Marcellus
“The world premiere of Jungle Blues unleashed undulating torsos, rolling hips, and shimmying shoulders. Knees and feet swiveled side to side like well-oiled levers, and dancers slid across the floor and balanced on toes. Chris Broughton showed off acrobatic splits and flips.” – Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe
Choreography: Michelle Dorrance with solo improvisation by Christopher Broughton
Music: Branford Marsalis Quartet
Three to One
“An odd, seemingly impossible marriage of tap & modern dance that came off edgy, seductive, and smart.” – Sid Smith, The Chicago Tribune
Choreography: Michelle Dorrance
Music: Aphex Twin, Thom York
Photo by Matthew Murphy
Casting and repertory subject to change
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