THE SOUL OF JAZZ

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble presents
www.sokolowtheatredance.org

THE SOUL OF JAZZ
A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rooms
Works of Anna Sokolow with Jazz Music

Choreography by ANNA SOKOLOW
Artistic Director: JIM MAY
Lighting Design: PHILIPPE ANDRIEUX
Music: KENYON HOPKINS, JELLY ROLL MORTON, WILLIAM CATANZARO

Performers
DAVEY BELLEROSE
ELEANOR BUNKER
BENJAMIN CORTES
ALAN FORBES
SAMANTHA GERACHT
LAUREN NASLUND
FRANCESCA TODESCO
LUIS GABRIEL ZARAGOZA

Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
www.danspaceproject.org
10th Street & Second Avenue
(212) 674-8194
Thursday-Sunday, October 28-31 @ 8:30 PM



World-renown choreographer Anna Sokolow felt that combining the arts
to express the complexity of humanity was a natural process. In THE
SOUL OF JAZZ, A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Anna Sokolow’s
Rooms
, the dancers seem driven, obsessed and rejuvenated by complexity.
From the awe-inspiring slow-motion cartwheels of Benjamin Cortes to
the stone-faced ragtime patter of Davey Bellerose, the emotions defy
the actions. Both are executed perfectly with only occasional glimpses
of the joy that usually incites and accompanies the activity. Nowhere
is this more evident than in Sokolow’s masterpiece Rooms. Dancers
express what we do within the confines of our rooms, real or imagined,
against the backdrop of soulful music by Kenyon Hopkins. A few notes
take you from despair to hope while managing to remind us of the
universality of the human condition. William Catanzaro’s diverse
music allows the dancers to loosen up as they eventually become “cool
cats” in Session for Six. In melodrama and exaggerated moves, the
words and music of Jelly Roll Morton depict how the waltz evolved into
ragtime in A Short Lecture and Demonstration on the Evolution of
Ragtime
.

In THE SOUL OF JAZZ multi-faceted emotions, high-spirited and focused
dancers, passionate music, and impressive costumes reach far beyond
the conventional borders of dance, making this a fitting tribute to
Anna Sokolow and an evening of powerful entertainment.

- Laurie Lawson -

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