Donovan Dorrance & Gregory Richardson
“Music for Dorrance Dance”
After composing a 16 minute piece for tap dancer Michelle Dorrance and her company, Dorrance Dance, in 2015, Greg and Donovan have been asked to expand that initial composition into a full evening-length work of choreography and improvisation which will premiere this Fall in New York City followed by a tour. “Music for Dorrance Dance” is a collection of compositions created with the intention of inspiring the choreographer, driving the dancers, and showcasing an emotional narrative. The process of creating music for tap dance is a constant exchange – tap dance is percussive music in itself – so the choreography by nature changes and augments the composition. Add to this the fact that through Michelle’s choreographical process, she will make many edits, requests, and structural changes to the compositions. These pieces stand firmly alone, but they are quite different from what they will become by the time the show premieres, making the National Sawdust showcase a unique, singular moment in the compositional process.
“The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle” is a multimedia song cycle memoir based a true and personal journey — one woman’s solo concert tour via bicycle 1,154 miles from Portland, OR, to Los Angeles, CA.
Pushing through challenge and triumph while traversing the coast with only her body and two thin wheels propelling her forward, what transpired was a tour full of music made richer by the beautiful struggle Joanna intentionally created. Combining contemporary art song with post-folk and singer-songwriter inflections, woven together with spoken word, hypnotic projected images, vocal looping and other electronic techniques, “The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle” is a piece which astounds and inspires with true stories imbued with humor, beauty and honesty. Through this musical and physical embodiment of a once in a life-time experience, Joanna will share her story, transporting the audiences to a world of human endeavor, meditative solitude, and a true sense of adventure.