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Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon: The Blues Project

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in The Blues Project

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - Thursday, October 6, 2016

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Contemporary Dance

MacArthur "Genius Grant"-winning tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance's company is joined by renowned musician Toshi Reagon for an exciting Kennedy Center premiere. The Blues Project promises to be both a musical and visual treat.

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Michelle Dorrance, Artistic Director
with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
Choreography by Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
Music composed and directed by Toshi Reagon
Dorrance "pays homage to tradition yet does things differently, and she does everything very, very well."
--The Washington Post

"Reagon's music envelops the dancing… through to the last chord and sometimes even beyond it."
--The New York Times

Acclaimed dancer/choreographer Michelle Dorrance, along with dancer/choreographers Derick Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and versatile singer/songwriter/guitarist Toshi Reagon bring together their energetic ensembles for The Blues Project, a transfixing program that brilliantly expands and shatters notions about their respective art forms. The Boston Globe raves that "an exciting aspect of this pleasure-filled work is the group choreography [and] the simple but effective use of patterning." The percussive power of Dorrance and her captivating dancers is complemented by the husky-edged vocals of Reagon and her supercharged band BIGLovely.
Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2012's JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance, 2015 MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner Michelle Dorrance (Stomp) aims to honor tap's uniquely beautiful history and breathe new life into it with contemporary flair. A standout at the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in 2014, Toshi Reagon--the daughter of Sweet Honey In The Rock's Bernice Johnson Reagon--has likewise become a D.C. favorite. 

Performance Timing: Approximately 65 minutes, with no intermission.
Oct. 5: Free Post-Performance Discussion

Watch and Listen

Michelle Dorrance Performs Tap With Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Michelle Dorrance tap lesson with Stephen Colbert, 2015