Image courtesy of Dorrance Dance.
  • $50

Tickets range from $10-$105.


Following their smash-hit season at The Joyce in 2017, Dorrance Dance returns for a three-week engagement to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with a jazz-infused program of enchanting tap dance works. Acclaimed choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance foregoes the traditional seasonal tunes, opting for Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s inspired interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite to score the company’s world premiere reimagining of the enduring holiday favorite. With their hallmark imagination and innovation in tap dance, Dorrance Dance is poised to create a brand-new holiday tradition this season at The Joyce.

Rounding out the first week’s program, Dorrance and her collaborators—Hannah Heller, Melinda Sullivan, and Josette Wiggan-Freund—pay tribute to another jazz great with the New York premiere of “All Good Things Come to an End.” The iconic music catalogue of Fats Waller sets the mood for a journey through tableaux, from “Cane and Able” to “The Myth of the American Dream,” showcasing the rich, layered sound for which the quartet is known. Other highlights of this engagement include “Elastic Times,” an excerpt from the 2018 sensation “Elemental,” co-created by Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young, featuring original live music by Donovan Dorrance, Gregory Richardson, and Aaron Marcellus; “Harlequin & Pantalone” (2019), choreographed by guest artist Bill Irwin and danced by Irwin and Warren Craft; and “Basses Loaded,” a glorious piece for four dancers and four basses.