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May 31 & June 1-3, 5-8, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Days & times vary. $25-$65
Forging a new path for tap, Dorrance Dance blurs the lines of tradition, creating a buzz as the company explores the limitless possibilities of rhythm, execution, and interpretation. Dorrance recently received a Bessie Award (the dance world’s version of the Grammy) for its inventive performances and unique styles. The Spoleto bill includes the premiere of Delta to Dusk, a musical journey through tap that moves from blues and bluegrass to pop and rock. Founder and director Michelle Dorrance says it will feature some of the company members doing double duty on the dance floor and as part of the band, singing or playing drums, banjo, or bass. On alternate days, SOUNDspace, inspired by “music embodied by movement,” will be performed. Don’t miss either dynamic performance.
Dubbed “the most promising choreographer in tap right now” by Brian Siebert in The New York Times, artistic director Michelle Dorrance uses her tall, slim frame in powerful ways with a fresh perspective on rhythm, aesthetics, and accompaniment for her fledgling New York-based company. Yet her creative approach is fueled by respect for the many who came before her. “I am truly blessed to have been influenced by incredible dancers in my life—my mentor Gene Medler; living masters Savion Glover, Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, Sam Weber, Ted Levy, and Mark Mendonca; our tap ancestors; and the many legends who have passed away,” she says. “As a tap dancer, you are simultaneously a musician and a dancer. In the end, music is at the root of everything, even when we are the only music that exists.”
Eat & Drink:
Lunch: Kitchen 208 (208 King St.), Leaf (15 Beaufain St.), Palmetto Café (205 Meeting St.)
Dinner/Drinks: Charleston Grill (224 King St.), Fulton Five (5 Fulton St.), Thoroughbred Club (205 Meeting St.)
Photo by Matthew Murphy