ETM: Double Down
Sadler’s Wells, London, Great Britain
12th July 2017
Groundbreaking tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, winner of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker), brings her company Dorrance Dance to Sadler’s Wells this summer with the UK Premiere of ETM: Double Down opening on Wednesday 12 July.
Dorrance brings tap into the age of electronic music with collaborator Nicholas Van Young whose electronic tap boards make the stage talk back, as every step, swipe and scrape sets off an element of sound, building musical loops, turning the stage into a musical instrument in its own right. With Afro-Brazilian, indie-pop, and music from Adele triggered by the eight dancers’ footwork, ETM: Double Down takes the first American dance form to a new level and reminds the audience that tap dancing is something to both watch and listen to.
Performing on percussive electronic tap boards designed and made by Young, the company creates a thrilling combination of movement and music, producing what Dorrance calls ETM (electronic tap music). Young built the ETM: Double Down equipment by hand over two years, connecting them to a MIDI controller, popular in electronic music since the 1980s. ETM: Double Down also features live music by an acoustic trio including vocalist Aaron Marcellus, bassist Gregory Richardson and pianist Donovan Dorrance. Along with the musicians there are seven tap dancers and Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie a b-girl (2016 Bessie Award nominee), whose movement also activates the music.
Photograph by Elliott Franks
Image licensed to Elliott Franks Photography Services