COPRESENTED WITH CHICAGO HUMAN RHYTHM PROJECT AND CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
Three musicians, one B-girl (Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie), and eight ace tap dancers of Dorrance Dance deliver an absorbing performance that twitches with invention on an electronic tap floor. Choreographer Michelle Dorrance’s let-it-all-hang-out style and locomotive foot speed have a contemporary physicality like nothing known before in tap and the polymath of sound from the electronic tap floor, created by collaborator Nicholas Young, transforms the whole stage into one instrument of immediate pleasure.
ETM (“electronic tap music”): Double Down, a nod to electronic dance music in its energy and melody, matches Dorrance's and Young's kindred idiosyncracies to that of six other Dorrance hoofers, plus B-girl “Bounce” Asherie performing original soft shoe in sneakers. The acoustic music trio includes vocalist Aaron Marcellus and bassist Greg Richardson. Donovan Dorrance, a sibling and ensemble member, contributes original music and plays piano.
Running time: 90 minutes, with one intermission