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Tapman Productions to Present LA RAISON D'ETRE at the Athenaeum Theatre, 5/28 - 6/7

Tapman Productions, a newly formed Chicago-based tap company, and Artistic Director Tristan Bruns are proud to announce the second production in their 2015 season, La Raison d'Être, May 28 - June 7, at the Athenaeum Theatre, Studio 3, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Press night is Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets to La Raison d'Être are on sale now and can be purchased at the theatre box office, at or by calling 773.935.6875. For more information on Tapman Productions visit

La Raison d'Être showcases Tapman Productions talent mixing two distinct dance styles, both tap and modern dance, with music and live singing from the past and the present including Jitterbug Waltz, Between the Bars, The Way You Look Tonight, Come Fly With Me, When Your Mind's Made Up and more. The performance's choreography, containing several individual pieces, is by Bruns, Mike Ford, Kate O'Hanlon and Javier Villamil.

This unique presentation's cast includes Tristan Bruns, Megan Davis, Star Dixon, Mike Ford, Cindy Hsu, Gloria Mwez, Kate O'Hanlon, Carmen Paquette, Kelsey Schlabaugh, Tyler Sheets, Javier Villamil and Jessica Williams.

The final performance of Tapman Productions' 2015 season showcases the work of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, a tap dance collective whose 'sole' purpose is to spread the love and joy of tap worldwide. Supreme Love, choreographed by Jumaane Taylor, "One of the Top 20 Hoofers under 20," Dance Sprit Magazine, and "One of the Top Five Dancers in Chicago," Chicago Tribune, expresses true life through the art of tap dance, recreating the chants of John Coltrane's manifestations through the album "A Love Supreme" and discovering truth from the sounds of the Universal Zulu Nation. Featuring saxophonist Rajiv Halim and other musicians, who reinvent the classic quartet and narrate the transitions between pieces. The tap company and musicians exchange expressive musical opinions, discovering truth within themselves and their art.

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