Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Chicago Tap Theatre's LIASION
Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) present Liaison, an international exploration of tap dance featuring three of the most critically acclaimed companies from Europe and the United States for one performance only, Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the show below!
In Liaison, Tapage, from Toulouse, France, Tap Olé from Barcelona, Spain and Chicago's Chicago Tap Theatre come together for the third installation of this international partnership established in 2004. The 2016 production includes new work, the return of fan favorites and live music. The companies perform together and in individual pieces highlighting the breadth and depth of tap performance including an updated version of the theme from Time Steps, by composer Kurt Schweitz and the first act closes with all three companies performing in "Somebody to Love," from Chicago Tap Theatre's hit 2016 production We Will Tap You! Each company has been given the music and instructions on which sections to choreograph, some of which will be together, some alone. The first time the three sections will be performed together will be here in Chicago. After the Chicago engagement, Liaison will be travelling to the south of France and the north of Spain for an extended tour in fall 2017.
The first time Tapage performed in Chicago was in April 2004, Lucia Mauro of the Chicago Tribune said, "to get a clearer sense of Tapage, try to envision the well-crafted fusion that would result if Martha Graham and Marcel Marceau created a tap company." Chicago Tap Theatre and Tapage went on to tour the south of France and performed together in Chicago three additional times to critical and commercial successes. In 2013, the two companies added Tap Olé to Liaison's roster of performers
"Tapage director Valérie Lussac is at the forefront of where tap dance is going. For the past 15 years, she has been applying her uniquely French aesthetic to the American art of tap dance and creating pieces that are completely different from anything you'll see here in the States," says Chicago Tap Theatre Artistic Director Mark Yonally. "Tap Olé is bridging the gap between Spanish guitar and dancing with tap dance. They are an amazing mix of precise technique, hot rhythms and a genuine sense of humor. Chicago Tap Theatre is excited to continue to develop these relationships and show Chicago and the world what is happening in Tap today and the possibilities of what the future holds."
Tickets are $37 for adults, $30 for seniors and $23 for students and dancers. For tickets or more information visit chicagotaptheatre.com or call 773.935.6875. Group discounts are also available. A preview rehearsal is open to the press by request at the Joel Hall Dance Center, 5965 N Clark Street.
Photo Credit: Josh Hawkins
Members of each of the three companies perform together 'Somebody to Love,' choreography by Chicago Tap Theatre's Mark Yonally from We Will Tap You!
Tap Ole's 'Sand Dance' with (L to R) Dani Figueras and Guillem Alonso, choreography by Guillem Alonso
Chicago Tap Theatre's Jennifer Yonally, Kirsten Uttich and Aimee Chase in 'Moonlight,' choreography by Mark Yonally
Members of each of the three companies perform together: Chicago Tap Theatre, Tapage and Tap Ole in 'Vin Blanc, Vin Rouge,' choreography by Tapage's Valerie Lussac
Tapage's Rafy Oved, Zabou Celhay and David Duchein in 'Spiders,' choreography by Tapage's Valerie Lussac