Joyce Theater

“One of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker), Michelle Dorrance and her tap dream team arrive just in time for the holidays with a three-week run of a world premiere by Michelle Dorrance, Hannah Heller, and Josette Wiggan-Freund, set to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's sublime interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

Rounding out the program, the first week features the New York premiere of All Good Things Come to an End, a wild, satirical ride through tableaux ranging from “Cane and Able” to “The Myth of the American Dream.” Set to the iconic music of Fats Waller, Dorrance is joined onstage with her collaborators Heller, Wiggan-Freund, and Melinda Sullivan. The second week celebrates an expanded version of Nicholas Van Young’s  Elastic Time, an excerpt from Dorrance and Young’s experimental, site-specific work Elemental. The company’s final week showcases three revived works: Harlequin & Pantalone, choreographed and performed by guest artist Bill Irwin featuring the captivating Warren Craft; as well as Dorrance and Irwin’s playful Lessons in Tradition featuring musician Kate Davis; and Dorrance’s Basses Loaded, which deftly weaves a quartet of tap dancers amidst a quartet of bass players across the stage.

Curtain Chat: Wed, Dec 18

Family Matinee: Sat, Dec 28 at 2pm

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Program A (December 17-22)

All Good Things Must Come to an End (2018)
Co-created, choreographed, and performed by Michelle Dorrance, Hannah Heller, Melinda Sullivan, Josette Wiggan-Freund
Music by Fats Waller

The Nutcracker Suite (World Premiere)
Co-created by Michelle Dorrance, Hannah Heller, and Josette Wiggan-Freund
Choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Josette Wiggan-Freund
Music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

 

Program B (December 24-29)

Elastic Time (2019)
Excerpt from 2018's Elemental co-created by Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young
Choreographed by Nicholas Van Young
Original live music by Donovan Dorrance, Gregory Richardson, and Aaron Marcellus

The Nutcracker Suite (World Premiere)
Co-created by Michelle Dorrance, Hannah Heller, and Josette Wiggan-Freund
Choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Josette Wiggan-Freund
Music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

 

Program C (December 31-January 5)

Lessons in Tradition (2016)
Choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Bill Irwin
Music by Vincent Youmans
Performed by Michelle Dorrance, Bill Irwin, and Kate Davis

Harlequin & Pantalone (2019) with guest artist Bill Irwin
Choreographed by Bill Irwin
Performed by Warren Craft (2019 Bessie-nominated performance) and Bill Irwin
Original live music by Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson

Basses Loaded (2019)
Choreographed by Michelle Dorrance
Original Live Music by Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson with Kate Davis and Michelle Dorrance

The Nutcracker Suite (World Premiere)
Co-created by Michelle Dorrance, Hannah Heller, and Josette Wiggan-Freund
Choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Josette Wiggan-Freund
Music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
 

Get behind the scenes with Michelle Dorrance & her collaborators

Enjoy this sneak peek of Dorrance Dance's tap take on the Nutcracker

Our subway ads are up! See guest artist and co-collaborator Josette Wiggan-Freund find herself in one for the first time!

Photos of Dorrance Dance Guest Artist Josette Wiggan-Freund by Matthew Murphy
Music credit for subway video: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Funding Credits

The Joyce’s presentation of Dorrance Dance is sponsored by First Republic Bank. Underwriting support provided by Nancy and Michael Feller; and Monica B. Voldstad. Additional support provided by Madelyn and Steven Wils. The new world premiere by Michelle Dorrance was commissioned and created, in part, with the support of The Joyce’s Artist Residency Center, made possible by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Ticket Prices

Tickets start at $10!

Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with one intermission. Late seating will be at the discretion of house management and latecomers are not guaranteed they will be seated in their purchased seats.

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