Dorrance Dance Matthew Murphy


Dorrance Dance

Oct. 19
7:30 p.m.

Critical and popular kudos, not to mention a 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant and significant other awards, have followed choreographer Michelle Dorrance since she began imploding and expanding notions of tap dance with the always-game performers of Dorrance Dance. This return engagement (the New York company made its Twin Cities debut in 2015) includes three imaginative works performed to live music. The nine-minute “Jungle Blues,” set to the Branford Marsalis Quartet’s recording of the 1927 Jelly Roll Morton song, conjures a smoky nightclub where musicality meets sensual movement. “Three to One” is another shorty (seven minutes), a trio to the electronic sounds of Aphex Twin and Thom Yorke, juxtaposing rat-a-tat taps with supple hip-hop moves. “Myelination,” for the full company, is a series of vignettes that plumb an array of emotions through tap, postmodern movements, breaking, and improv. The rollicking work closes out the Twin Cities Tap Festival with a boom.