Tap dance, like jazz, is one of America’s homegrown art forms. Founded in 2011 by MacArthur Award recipient and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance honors and revitalizes tap through furious rhythms and adventurous, yet accessible, choreography. The company’s Mondavi Center debut features three pieces: Jungle Blues; Three to One; and Dorrance’s latest work, Myelination, which melds 12 dancers, singers and a full instrumental band together to create a rush that, as The New York Times puts it, “pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music.”
Sunday, Oct 29 - Jackson Hall – Post-Performance
Moderator: Ruth Rosenberg
The creation of Three to One was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2010-2011 Commissioning Initiative with support from the Jerome Foundation. Danspace’s Commissioning Initiative is a core component of the Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW²).
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.
Myelination (2017) has been commissioned, in part, by Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California. Myelination (2017 and 2015) has also been commissioned by New York City Center for the Fall for Dance Festival with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Music for Myelination (2015) commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
The 2017-2018 creation and presentation of an evening-length version of Myelination is also supported, in part, by a New Music USA Project Grant.