ETM: Double Down

Choreography (2016): Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young, with Ephrat Asherie, and solo improvisation by the dancers
Original Music by: Gregory Richardson, Nicholas Van Young, Donovan Dorrance, Aaron Marcellus, Warren Craft, with Michelle Dorrance
Additional Music by: Adele Adkins, Karin Dreijer Andersson, Olof Dreijer, Justin Vernon, Patrick Watson
Length: 80 min plus a 15 min intermission
8 dancers, 6 musicians

Using original tap “instruments” designed by 2014 Bessie Award Winner Nicholas Van Young, the score is not simply danced to, but danced BY the company. With the right programming, the sound of a single footfall can range from a snare drum to a note on an arpeggio. 

“ETM: Double Down,” a collaboration between Ms. Dorrance and her longtime friend and company member Nicholas Van Young, incorporates his electronic tap boards, which he compares to electronic drum triggers; here, they work for the feet. “The entire stage is an instrument” is how Mr. Young described the effect. (“ETM” stands for “electronic tap music,” a nod toward electronic dance music.) “There are a million different elements, and then there are larger themes inside of it,” Ms. Dorrance said of the work, which explores acoustic and digitally produced sounds. “But at the same time, our taps will always be present.” – Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

ETM: The Initial Approach was co-commissioned and created, in part, during a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, with support from the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award Initiative.
ETM Double Down was created in part during a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and during a residency provided by The Joyce Theater Foundation with major funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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