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Salon Series: Beats + Rhymes + Tap Shoes Maurice Chestnut & Friends

04/21/17 | 7:30pm

Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St. Map

800-745-3000

$15 and up

Official Web Site


Add to Calendar 21-04-2017 21-04-2017 EST Salon Series: Beats + Rhymes + Tap Shoes Maurice Chestnut & Friends | 7:30pm The Apollo Theater's Salon Series is an exploration of the institution's commitment to developing new works. Through the Salon Series participating artists workshop their pieces during a one-week residency at the theater followed by two live performances. Beats, Rhymes and Tap Shoes, created by tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, is a journey through tap dance, paying tribute to the music of popular hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. With an ensemble of five dancers and a live band, Chestnut's new work-in-progress is an expression of tap dance through the generation of hip hop. Maurice Chestnut is one of tap's brightest young stars. He is an original member of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble and has an extensive list of credits including his appearances throughout Europe with the Geri Allen jazz trio as a featured soloist, and his performance in productions with Savion Glover such as Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk, Improvography, Classical Savion and Tappin' Into Monk. As a featured soloist and choreographer, Maurice skillfully develops his signature style of "playing tap" as a "live instrument." He seamlessly weaves complex dance steps to interplay with musical notes, creating a powerful and distinctive energy. Inspired by such hoofing greats as the Nicholas Brothers and Jimmy Slyde, yet equally influenced by and connected to urban culture, Maurice Chestnut dances with truth, soul and power -- watching him dance is like walking through Harlem in the 1940's…while bumping a hip-hop beat. The Apollo Salon Series is an artist residency program that features works in develop. An artist Q&A will follow each performance. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=219497 Apollo Theater< Apollo Theater< false DD-MM-YYYY aPCgobqrazCObPvIAmjO26779

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The Apollo Theater's Salon Series is an exploration of the institution's commitment to developing new works. Through the Salon Series participating artists workshop their pieces during a one-week residency at the theater followed by two live performances.

Beats, Rhymes and Tap Shoes, created by tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, is a journey through tap dance, paying tribute to the music of popular hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. With an ensemble of five dancers and a live band, Chestnut's new work-in-progress is an expression of tap dance through the generation of hip hop.

Maurice Chestnut is one of tap's brightest young stars. He is an original member of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble and has an extensive list of credits including his appearances throughout Europe with the Geri Allen jazz trio as a featured soloist, and his performance in productions with Savion Glover such as Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk, Improvography, Classical Savion and Tappin' Into Monk.

As a featured soloist and choreographer, Maurice skillfully develops his signature style of "playing tap" as a "live instrument." He seamlessly weaves complex dance steps to interplay with musical notes, creating a powerful and distinctive energy. Inspired by such hoofing greats as the Nicholas Brothers and Jimmy Slyde, yet equally influenced by and connected to urban culture, Maurice Chestnut dances with truth, soul and power -- watching him dance is like walking through Harlem in the 1940's…while bumping a hip-hop beat.

The Apollo Salon Series is an artist residency program that features works in develop. An artist Q&A will follow each performance.

Venue Description: Apollo Amateur Night continues to demand and reward greatness, spurring performers to put every fiber of their being, every ounce of their emotion into pleasing the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend.

The world famous Apollo Theater is so much more than a historic landmark - it is a source of pride and a symbol of the brilliance of American artistic accomplishment. With its rich history and continued significance, the Apollo Theater, considered the bastion of African-American culture and achievement, is one of the most fascinating chronicles in American history.

It all started in 1914 when the theater was constructed on 125th Street, the heart of Harlem. Originally, it was named Hurtig and Seamon's New Burlesque Theatre and African-Americans were not allowed in the audience. In 1934: Ralph Cooper, Sr. decided to do a live version of his already popular radio show, Amateur Nite Hour at the Apollo, at the Apollo Theater, then owned by the Schiffman family. Ella Fitzgerald was one of the first Amateur Night winners. That same year, Cooper, Benny Carter and 16 Gorgeous Hot Steppers dazzled the crowds with the theater's first 'Colored Revue.' Then in 1935, Bessie Smith made her Apollo debut followed by an unknown vocalist by the name of Billie Holiday who graced the Apollo stage and mesmerized the audience with her undeniable style and talent. Soon thereafter, the Apollo Theater quickly became known the place 'Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made' and 'home' to thousands of major performance artists, fans, and patrons of the arts from around the world. The legendary venue has launched the careers of icons such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Lauryn Hill and continues to maintain its position as the nation's most popular arena for emerging and established African-American and Latino performers.

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