Take It Away Dance – The Destination is the Downbeat
September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
One event on September 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
One event on September 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm
One event on September 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm
This new tap dance and jazz music work by Pamela Hetherington considers how to “keep time” in jazz music. For tap dancers, how they keep time in jazz music has everything to do with who they are as human beings. Time is a feeling; it is swing, groove, and rhythm—the essence of tap dancing itself. Rhythm is personal and music is the original DM (direct message).
Artistic direction and choreography by Pamela Hetherington
Pamela Hetherington brings her company Take It Away Dance to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for four presentations of The Destination is the Downbeat, a new work that considers the notion of ‘keeping time’ in jazz music. Distinctly Philadelphian in its sound, approach and vibe, Take It Away Dance creates a thrilling combination of movement and music, improvised solos and group choreography. The show explores the theme of keeping time across different types of jazz music and leaps into compositions by Bobby Timmons, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis and Mel Lewis, along with original compositions by the band. The musical accompaniment is provided by Erica Corbo, (who is also the music director), trumpeter, Paul Giess; and bassist, Nicholas Krolak. Along with the musicians, there are four tap dancers working in concert: Lauren Belasco, Alec Chupik, Morgan O’Shea and Kristin Potocki.
This is the company’s fifth anniversary year. Music Director, Erica Corbo and Pamela Hetherington started working together in 2018, and their musical relationship has extended into other projects that claim a space for women in jazz. The jazz future is female.
Drummers is a former warehouse space renovated into a sophisticated jazz venue by internationally-renowned drummer, Sherrie Maricle. Doors will open at 7 pm, and the music will start at 7:30 each evening. The set will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.