The world is a stage.
The stage is a world of entertainment.
Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz, "That's Entertainment"
|Tony Waag, mayor of Tap City|
at last year's Tap It Out event at Battery Park City
(photo by Eva Yaa Asantewaa)
Last evening's show at Symphony Space has come and gone, taking with it these most engaging experiences:
Tembang Alit: a gem of a solo for Claudia Rahardjanoto (Chinese-Indonesian native of Germany), who played clear, discrete steps like tinkling bells against Cicilia Yudha's equally spare and delicate piano work
(photo by Leslie Kee)
Confirmation: another solo, this time splashed across space by Corey Hutchins (from Connecticut), a bold, original stylist with variegated musicality
Tap en Clave: crackling rumba riding atop taps by wiry live-wire Jaime Moran of Cuba
Not to forget El Guararey de Pastora, a handsome arrangement of song, body percussion and tap created by Max Pollak for his Rumba Tap ensemble, looking and sounding better than ever
Carson Murphy aglow, a model of confident ease and flow in the cast of Nicholas Young's Environments
(photo by Lois Greenfield)
Brenda Bufalino, master performer/educator at her best here, laying out fluttery, skimming tuneful steps and showing the kids how it's done
Speaking of kids, Susan Hebach and Tamii Sakurai have done a magnificent job of staging Molutsi Mogami's Izzici (Stomping Feet) for seventeen teen dancers from Tap City Youth Ensemble. The youngsters demonstrated high discipline and coordination--as individuals and as a group--in this demanding South African boot dance.
Which brings me to Tap Future. There is one. Watch American Tap Dance Foundation's students do their thing tonight at 8pm. Check in here, and hurry! Tickets go quickly.
But if you don't make it tonight, you don't even need tickets for tomorrow afternoon's Tap It Out extravaganza. Just head to Father Duffy Square in Times Square (map/directions) tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon to see a huge ensemble--160 dancers in all, at last count--performing 20-minute shows at noon, 1pm and 2pm.
For more about the American Tap Dance Foundation, click here.