West Coast Premiere of Joyce Theater’s SW!NG OUT Dances Into The Music Center for A Jumpin’ and Jivin’ Good Time

The Music Center hosts the West Coast premiere of Joyce Theatre’s SW!NG OUT, directed by tap phenom Caleb Techer (June 24-26, 2022).

With new choreography and compositions by Teicher and a brain trust of collaborators including Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Macy Sullivan and Eyal Vilner, SW!NG OUT brings the best of the swing dance world to Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center with a dance residency that will light up the stage at the Ahmanson Theater and take over Jerry Moss Plaza during every performance. “A journey through contemporary swing dance led by Caleb Teicher” (The New York Times), Teicher mixes “overcharged energy with mad charm” (The New Yorker), highlighting musical dance traditions and improvisation amazing swing dance champions.

Celebrating the nation’s social dance traditions with aerial moves, unexpected improvisations, lightning-fast footwork, and new arrangements of jazz and swing tunes from the Big Band era, SW!NG OUT features 12 champions of Lindy Hop and the 10 musicians Eyal Vilner Big Band. Each performance begins on the Ahmanson Theater stage with the second half of the program moving outside, where audience members and the public are invited to join the Lindy Hop champions on the dance floor at Jerry Moss Plaza to show their own moves as part of a dance party. In addition to the dance jam, the community is invited to engage with the company in multiple ways, including the SW!NG OUT one-on-one mentorship program, which offers budding dancers and artists the opportunity to work and learn. members of the SW!NG OUT cast and creative team; a high school Swing group clinic with the James A. Foshay Learning Center; and a free roundtable on cultural appropriation, particularly as it relates to black vernacular dance forms, featuring acclaimed artists and dance educators E. Moncell Durden and LaTasha Barnes.

“Caleb Teicher’s passion and enthusiasm for swing dancing is infectious, and their choreography in SW!NG OUT creates an energy that flows from the dancers on stage to the audience, making the performance an energizing and uplifting experience that we are thrilled to share with Angelenos,” said Rachel S. Moore, President and CEO of The Music Center.

“The performances of SW!NG OUT inspire the audience to get up and dance. We want to share this excitement and enthusiasm with the audience and invite everyone to have fun and join in an outdoor dance party free every night of this very special residence,” added Josephine Ramirez, Executive Vice President, TMC Arts. “As part of our celebration of swing, the Music Center has created opportunities to learn about the origins and evolution of this highly versatile social dance and the music that keeps it relevant and alive today.”

Teicher began his career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s critically acclaimed tap dance company, Dorrance Dance, while working freelance in contemporary dance, Lindy Hop and musical theatre. As a solo performer and collaborator, Teicher is known for his choreographic collaborations with various musical talents, including world beatbox champion Chris Celiz; composer/pianist Conrad Tao; the National Symphony Orchestra; and indie rock legends Ben Folds and Regina Spektor.

As part of this commitment, the Music Center has partnered with SW! NG OUT and the Joyce Theater to invite swing dance and music artists, from high school and up, to apply for a free, tailored artist education program with cast and creative team professionals. of SW!NG OUT. The program aims to help artists hone their skills in areas such as musicality, choreography, and improvisation, among others. Fifteen contestants have been selected to participate and have been paired with a member of the SW!NG OUT Cast and Creative Team to work individually in their individual category during five virtual sessions that will conclude with a sharing workshop. ‘experiences.

While COVID-19 is a fluid situation, The Music Center has extensive protocols in place, adopting the highest standards of safety, cleanliness and safety to minimize risk to its guests and employees. Please visit musiccenter.org/safety for more information on the Music Center’s safety and security measures.

Currently, the Music Center requires all audience members attending performances and events at all four Music Center theaters to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test. An antigen test must be carried out within 24 hours before the start of the event and a PCR test must be carried out within 48 hours before the start time; this includes children over the age of two. Home COVID tests will not be accepted for entry. All current visitors to the Music Center’s indoor venues must wear a face covering, whether or not they are fully vaccinated. Respirator masks (N95, KN95 and KF94) or tight fitting medical/surgical masks are recommended. These policies may change and will be adapted to current conditions.

In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Music Center has been working behind the scenes during the pandemic to prepare for the return of live performances to its venues, indoors and outdoors. outside, by implementing new measures. and procedures. The Music Center became the first performing arts organization in the nation to earn the UL Verified Healthy Buildings mark for indoor air and water quality. The Music Center underwent an extensive assessment process to obtain verification, demonstrating that each of its four sites, the Grand Park Administrative Office and the Music Center Annex, has excellent indoor air quality and water. Additionally, The Music Center has improved all cleaning procedures, installed hand sanitizer dispensers in all public areas, and created a touchless experience in its public restrooms as well as electronic ticketing and a digital program, among other things. measures. For more information on the Music Center’s commitment to safety, visit musiccenter.org/safety.

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is generously supported by the Glorya Kaufman Foundation, Center Dance Arts, Dorothy B. Chandler Program Fund, Elisabeth Katte Harris and the Tina and Jerry Moss/Moss Foundation. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*Programs and artists subject to change.

Comments are closed.