Dance St. Louis kicks off its 2017-18 season with “three of the world’s greatest tap dancers” (The New York Times) in TAP Dynamics. The evening consists of Jason Samuels Smith's Going The Miles and excerpts from Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ And Still You Must Swing, named “Best Dance of 2016” by The New York Times.
The works are performed by the three virtuoso award-winning tap dancers: Jason Samuels Smith (Emmy & American Choreography Awards), Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Bessie, Astaire & Princess Grace Statue Awards), and Derick K. Grant (Ovation & Helen Hayes Awards).
The trio, who are considered three of today’s most influential and celebrated tap dance luminaries in the world, take the stage to perform these works with live jazz music. Led by music director and drummer Allison Miller, named in “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in DownBeat Magazine, and featuring pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Noah Garabedian, the band performs original arrangements and favorite selections from Miles Davis.
A post-performance cocktail party, sponsored by Delux Magazine and Martell, takes place upstairs at The Grandel on Saturday, September 30 for an additional $20. Tickets WITH cocktail party admission available though the Dance St. Louis Box Office. (314.534.6622, [email protected]).
About the works:
Excerpts from Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ AND STILL YOU MUST SWING (2016)
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith — three of the world's most influential ambassadors of tap — come together in And Still You Must Swing, a show that captures the heart and legacy of tap dance and honors the overwhelming influence of jazz roots on this outstanding art form. Named “Best Dance Performance” in 2016 by The New York Times, it’s a rhythmic feast including live music, dynamic choreography and stunning improvisation.
(Originally premiered at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival on July 6, 2016. Made possible in part by Harlem Stage, So Danca, and a generous artist residency provided by Jete Dance Studio in Brooklyn.)
Jason Samuels Smith’s GOING THE MILES (2016)
Going The Miles takes a step further than simply tributing Mr. Davis, one of the world's greatest American jazz artists who was at the forefront of many of its most important movements. Jason Samuels Smith, in collaboration with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Ingmar Thomas, engage on this musical odyssey, celebrating the diversity of contributions that our respective culture and collective consciousness continues to make through two of the world’s most thriving American art forms. For the musicians in their own right, this work emphasizes interplay inspired by three of Miles' iconic tunes, highlighting just why "improvisation" is still the highest expression of these forms.
(Commissioned by Harlem Stage and received support from a late-stage production stipend from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Premiered at The Harlem Stage Gatehouse on April 8, 2016 as part of E Moves 17.)
TICKET PRICE SERVICE CHARGE TOTAL PER TICKET $20.00 - Reserved Seating $2.00 + $1 facility fee $23.00
This event includes two add-on options: a cocktail party to follow the performance on Saturday, September 30 for an additional $20 or a post-performance dinner with drinks in the Grand Hall on Sunday, October 1 for an additional $45. Contact the Dance St. Louis box office at 314-534-6622 or [email protected] to purchase the add-ons.
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