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Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s unique and powerful history in a new and dynamic context by upholding its tradition while simultaneously pushing it rhythmically, technically and conceptually. Artistic Director and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Michelle Dorrance’s Myelination premiered at New York City Center’s 2015 Fall for Dance Festival. Gia Kourlas of The New York Times responded: “Ms Dorrance has choreographed a glittering closer that needs to have a second life… please, someone, make that happen.” Join Dorrance Dance for the new, fully extended version of Myelination with original live music. In addition to this new work, the rarely-seen, Bessie Award-winning Three to One, and revival of the whimsical Jungle Blues complete the program, illustrating the great range for which the company is known.
Rhythm keeps accumulating and multiplying in “Myelination,” the Dorrance premiere; 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 temperaments 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. Ms. Dorrance’s own persona, so happily tough, is part of the piece’s surprising theatricality. Without changing facial expression, she can seem confrontational, supportive, stern, jubilant." - The New York Times
Venue: BRAM GOLDSMITH THEATER
Running Time: 70 minutes no intermission
Read the program notes here.
The presentation of Myelination by Dorrance Dance was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Dance @ The Wallis is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.