The Blues Project
Created by Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Toshi Reagon, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, The Blues Project (2013) brings together today’s best tap artists, musicians, choreographers in an innovative evening of rhythm, original live music, explosive energy, and raw emotion. Featuring Dorrance Dance and acclaimed composer/musician Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely, The Blues Project is a creative collaboration that explores the relationship between music, sound, and movement.
The Blues Project ... was entirely glorious. The geometries of stage space, again and again, became a delight, with left and right, front and back, wittily opposed… Better yet was the collaboration of dance with Ms. Reagon and other musicians. Music and dance were often plainly pursuing separate lines; the amalgam of the two therefore felt all the more wonderful." - Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
Their show - which really should be called The Bliss Project - landed Wednesday at the Kennedy Center. It’s difficult to recall when the Eisenhower Theater has ever felt so funky - and so central to human existence. This intimate and rowdy merging of dance and music, with one disappearing into the other, hits you like a sonic distillation of a blistering American past and its perilous present, with a transcendent strength of spirit woven through.” - Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post