Myelination (2017)

Choreography by Michelle Dorrance, in collaboration with and featuring improvisation by the dancers
Additional Choreography by Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and Matthew “Megawatt” West
Original Music by Prawn til Dante (Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson) with Aaron Marcellus
Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann
Costume Design by Amy Page
Dance Captains: Elizabeth Burke and Byron Tittle
Length: 45 minutes
10 dancers, 3 musicians

An expansion of a piece with the same name that originally premiered at New York City Center’s 2015 Fall for Dance Festival, Myelination (2017) has been extended into a new, full-length work featuring original, live music. 

“Rhythm keeps accumulating and multiplying in ‘Myelination’… it’s an exhilarating ensemble piece, including solos and duets, that switches gears from section to section. The live music — with vocals, piano, guitar, percussion and other instruments — is in a range of appealingly melodic jazz styles; its harmony with the dancing is never simple.” - Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

“[An] effervescent, twitchy piece… [Myelination] showcases a bit of everything: from graceful, gliding swoops to one-armed balances that pull hip-hop back to tap… Throughout, Ms. Dorrance, a brilliant conductor, pushes the boundaries of tap while exposing its true nature: that it is music.” - Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

Myelination (2017) has been commissioned, in part, by Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Berkeley,California. Myelination (2017 and 2015) has also been commissioned by New York City Center for theFall for Dance Festival with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Music for Myelination (2015) commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation. Myelination (2017) was also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The 2017-2018 creation and presentation of an evening-length version of Myelination is also supported, in part, by a New Music USA Project Grant.