Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT), one of the most critically well-regarded dance companies in Chicago, announced the company will return to live, in-person performances in early 2022. CTT will present For the Love of Tap at the Athenaeum Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. This will serve as the company’s first live-audience repertory show since March 2020, though they presented the story show Tap Secret last July. For the Love of Tap tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at chicagotaptheatre.com/events. For the Love of Tap will also be released as a streaming show on Vimeo on Friday, March 4. Tickets for the livestream will be available at chicagotaptheatre.com/events.
For the Love of Tap will feature a variety of audience favorites including, Moonlight and Alfonso Muskedunder, along with the premiere of several new works. Additionally, CTT will re-introduce audiences to the well-known feature, Flying Turtles. Flying Turtles was last seen on the Chicago stage in 2013. It is considered by many as one of the most important pieces of concert tap dance choreography. Flying Turtles is a masterpiece of polyrhythm by one of the pioneers of concert tap dance, Brenda Bufalino. CTT is the only company with the rights to perform this piece in Illinois. Ms. Bufalino joined CTT in November for a special week-long residency, working directly with the performers to ensure the piece will be properly executed to her specifications.