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Dorrance Dance

December 10 – 11, 2021
Zellerbach Theatre
PLA Presents

Tap superstar and MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance is “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today." (The New Yorker) In this Penn Live Arts debut, enjoy the Philadelphia premieres of the “edgy, seductive and smart” (The Chicago Tribune) Three to One and Basses Loaded, which sees bassists and dancers choreographed in tandem. The program also explores tap as both movement and music in an excerpt of SOUNDspace and offers a swingin’ Christmas finale in An Ella’quent Holiday Swing, a brand-new work celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s timeless songbook with live vocals by Aaron Marcellus. "Dorrance is a virtuoso, both as a dancer and choreographer," who “pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music." (The New York Times)

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Photo credits:
1-4, 6: Stephanie Berger
5: Dana Lynn Pleasant