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Friday, April 12, 2024

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19apr8:00 pm9:00 pmSOUNDspace Event Organized ByDanceHouseEvent Type Dance8:00 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT-07:00) Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2P1, Canada


Event Details

DanceHouse, in partnership with Vancouver Tap Dance Society, presents the Canadian premiere of Dorrance Dance’s SOUNDspace.

Choreographed by Dorrance Dance Artistic Director Michelle Dorrance, the full-length performance is a high-spirited exploration of the relationship between sound and movement—from the hypnotic slide of socks and slap of bare feet to the percussive roar of fast-tapping heels—further enriched by a bass-forward original musical score by Musical Director Gregory Richardson and a body percussion score by Leonardo Sandoval.

“DanceHouse’s debut of Dorrance Dance in 2018 was met with uproarious applause from our audiences, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for this vivacious American dance company to return with the Canadian premiere of their unconventional and bracing work, SOUNDspace,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse. “Originally choreographed for New York City’s St. Mark’s Church – a historical space that does not allow the use of tap’s metal-tipped shoes on its gleaming wood floors – Dorrance capitalized on those limitations to create a wildly innovative new work, where percussive rhythms shine bright through the mesmerizing use of bare and socked feet, wooden platforms, and the slaps, snaps, and slides of hands on the body.”

SOUNDspace has since been adapted for numerous stages across the U.S., exploring the myriad sounds and textures of the feet through a fluid transition of rotating formations from solos up to full-company ensembles featuring all eight dancers.

Channelling great tap masters of the past, the members of the company pay homage to the rich lineage and history of the genre, which developed in the early 19th century by enslaved peoples as a way to express themselves and retain their cultural identities when the use of their traditional percussive instruments was banned. Dorrance’s choreography, with additional choreography by Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and Byron Tittle, includes solo improvisations by the dancers throughout the hour-long work.

The New York City-based Dorrance Dance was founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Michelle Dorrance and has performed commissioned works at the Guggenheim, New York City Center, Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow, among many others. Dorrance has performed in the iconic STOMP, Manhattan Tap, JazzTap Ensemble, and Rumba Tap. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and most recently made her Broadway choreographic debut with James Lapine’s Flying Over Sunset at Lincoln Center Theater in 2021.

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

april 20, 2024 8:00 pm