Harkness Dance Festival: "Good Rhythm Wonderful Life" by Kazu Kumagai
Kazu Kumagai - Harkness Dance Festival
Bessie Award-winner Kazu Kumagai performs a program of his distinctive, dynamic, improvisational tap, full of light and airy movement with a percussive pulse and drive. Kumagai “… channels dissonance and passion, taking tap to a stormy place beyond the familiar sunshine.” (Eva Yaa Asantewaa)
Kazu is taking Maya Angelou’s poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”—read by his daughter Niki—as inspiration for this program, which features three special guests: jazz bassist Alex Blake, electroacoustic music composer and performance artist Akio Mokuno on keyboards, and Shuffle Along tap dancer Lisa La Touche.
92Y’s pioneering history in dance has made the Harkness Dance Center an epicenter for the art form throughout the world. And this season the world comes to the Harkness Dance Festival, in five weekends welcoming and showcasing five of the most influential dancers and choreographers from Korea, Canada, Northern Ireland, Japan, and Spain—each one is shaping the future of dance in their native country and beyond, and each brings a work never before seen in America.
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