Showcasing a wide range of performers and repertoire, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) announces the programs for three of the performances during its 27th annual summer festival of American tap and percussive dance, Rhythm World.
Two audience favorites, the improv tournament, or “cutting contest,” and the student showcase take place Tuesday, July 18 with faculty judges choosing the winners who will vie for the honor of performing on one of the two weekend performances at the Studebaker Theater.
New this year, Rhythm World master teachers and students will perform FREE on Navy Pier’s brand-new Polk Bros. Performance Lawns Wednesday, July 19.
The JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance concerts, the crowning events of Rhythm World, feature a host of extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters July 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.in the Studebaker Theater at the Fine Arts Building. The programs are as follows:
- Friday, July 21-The evening includes a performance for the general public and also serves as CHRP’s annual fundraising gala, Jubalee. The concert features Chicago Human Rhythm Project performing a world premiere by Artist in Residence Dani Borak and three classics by African-American choreographers Buster Brown, Lon Chaney and Harold “Stumpy” Cromer; STOMP alumna and Broadway hoofer (Shuffle Along) Lisa LaTouche performing her masterpiece Love Me or Leave Me with Tre Dumas and Nico Rubio; STOMP cast members Ali Bradley and Jeremy Price; North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble; solo performances by Lee Howard and Jumaane Taylor; a trio performance by Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson and Imania Fatima Detry; scholarship students from Tokyo directed by Yukiko Misumi; and a recreation of one movement from William Orlowski’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G Major with dancers from Kim Chalovich’s Tap Dance Centre and CHRP. Tickets are $25-55 and available here.
- During the Jubalee festivities, CHRP honors The Chicago Community Trust and its President and CEO Terry Mazany with the JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Support for the Arts and Community in Chicago. CHRP is thrilled to have past JUBA! Award winner, the Honorable Mayor Rahm Emanuel, serve as Honorary Chair of the event, which includes pre- and post-show receptions. Tickets are $225-250 and available here.
- Saturday, July 22-The performance features CHRP performing several works, including MacArthur Fellowship (“Genius”) winner Michelle Dorrance’s Push Past Break, a work blending two iconic American art forms, the blues and tap dance, that she created for CHRP with support from the Princess Grace Foundation and the Auditorium Theatre’s Movement + Movement Festival; solos by Dani Borak, Star Dixon, Tristan Bruns and the godmother of the Japanese tap community, Yukiko Misumi; and performances by Jus’ LisTeN, Bril Barrett with M.A.D.D. Rhythms and more. Tickets are $25-55 and available here.
For complete Rhythm World information, visit chicagotap.org