Tap dancer Jared Grimes performs live from our 2015-2016 season shoot.
This season, Grimes will take the stage with the Orchestra for the debut performances of Marsalis' "Spaces." Appropriate for all ages in spirit and years, this special concert is the debut performance of a previously unfinished work. Composed with the concept of an “animal ballet” in mind, Wynton Marsalis’ "Spaces" will attempt to recapture the natural fascination we have with the sounds and movements of animals. Movement is an essential aspect of both jazz music and natural life itself, and two extraordinary dance geniuses represent this connection in their work: Lil’ Buck, a groundbreaking young artist recently seen with Yo-Yo Ma, Madonna, and Cirque du Soleil; and Jared Grimes, a quadruple-threat tap dancer who in 2014 won the Astaire Award and choreographed on Broadway for After Midnight and Holler If Ya Hear Me. Damian Woetzel, choreographer and retired Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet, acts as choreographic consultant and will work with both dancers on the overall structure and choreography for "Spaces," seamlessly integrating it with Marsalis' musical composition. They join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in the world-premiere of this visually captivating performance.
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