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Wed, Nov 16, 2016 7:30pm –


The Joyce Theater
175 8th Ave
New York  New York  10011
United States
The Joyce Theater

Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely

The Blues Project. Photo: Christopher Duggan

Since her Joyce debut in April 2015, Michelle Dorrance, founder and director of Dorrance Dance, has received a MacArthur Fellowship (“genius grant”) for her part in “reinvigorating a uniquely American dance form in works that combines the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance.” In 2015, The Blues Project, co-created and co-choreographed by Dorrance, Toshi Reagon, Derick Grant, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and set to music created and performed live by Reagon, sold out three performances quickly. This season, it will be brought back for two weeks, allowing even more audiences the chance to experience the brilliant combination of Reagon’s music and Dorrance Dance’s exceptional tap.

From the Gia Kourlas Review of The Blues Project in the New York Times: "As for Ms. Dorrance, gangly must be a word she’s sick of hearing, yet the long stretch of her legs or the heel that catches the floor when she’s slid past the point of comfort reveal that and more: fearlessness. Her lean body — sharp elbows, loose hips, an earthy plié — creates a spidery grace so compellingly unusual that you can’t help but pine when she’s been off the stage for too long. In “The Blues Project,” Ms. Dorrance plays the crowd as well as her feet: She leaves you wanting more."

Tickets are available to current Columbia students, faculty, and staff.