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Doxy

Maison de la danse 2004 - Director : Picq, Charles

Choreographer(s) : Weber, Sam (United States) Brown, Eddie (United States)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la danse , Saisons 2000 > 2009

Video producer : Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Integral video available at Maison de la danse de Lyon

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Doxy

Maison de la danse 2004 - Director : Picq, Charles

Choreographer(s) : Weber, Sam (United States) Brown, Eddie (United States)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la danse , Saisons 2000 > 2009

Video producer : Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Integral video available at Maison de la danse de Lyon

en fr

Doxy

Rhythm tap legend Eddie Brown created this piece specifically fort the  JTE. It became a company favorite and was performed around the world for  nearly twenty years. 


Source: Jazz Tap Ensemble (JTE)

More information: jazztapensemblelegacy.org

Weber, Sam

SAM WEBER joined JTE in 1986 and performed with the Ensemble  through 1998, with several return engagements all the way through 2008.  He first created ‘Daahoud’ (excerpt Disc 1)in collaboration with Lynn  Dally, and then proceeded to create over a dozen dazzling solos, each  carefully crafted with the band, (including Bach Italian Concerto (disc  3) and in 1995, he continued his long collaboration with Musical  Director Jerry Kalaf to create “Hands On.” (disc 2).

Sam Weber was a protege of tap master Stan Kahn in San Francisco, and  studied in NY at the Juilliard School. He came to the Ensemble with a  long history of performance in ballet, theater, and television.

During his tenure, he developed a new technique for tap dancing and  grew to immense popularity as a teacher and performer throughout Europe  and the U.S. Sam performed with the luminaries including Honi Coles,  Gregory Hines, Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde, Bunny Briggs, and the Nicholas  Brothers.

Sam was the first tap dancer to receive the coveted NY Performance  Award, the “Bessie” in 1994 for excellence in performance during one of  his many seasons with JTE at the Joyce.


Source: Jazz Tap Ensemble (JTE)

More information: jazztapensemblelegacy.org

Brown, Eddie

EDDIE BROWN (1917-1992) from Omaha, Nebraska,  appeared as a young artist in the Bill Robinson Revue in Harlem and with  jazz greats Billie Holiday and Joe Turner. He performed with Dizzy  Gillespie, Cal Tjader, and George Shearing, and at jazz clubs and tap  festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, France, and Africa. For five  years, he had a featured role in the San Francisco production of Jon  Hendricks’ “Evolution of the Blues.” Renowned for his ‘ad lib’  style, he became a primary influence on the resurgence of rhythm tap on  the West Coast in his teaching and mentoring in San Francisco and later  Los Angeles. His inspiration continued in his Guest Artist appearances  with Rhapsody in Taps, Jazz Tap Ensemble, and in his celebrated  “Saturday classes” at the Embassy Theater in downtown L.A. ‘Scientific Rhythms’ the documentary created by Sharon Arslanian, is an up close look at Eddie’s methods and his gift for improvisation.

Eddie Brown’s “B.S. Chorus” is included in its entirety on  disc 3. He created this choreography with the intention that it be  passed down from dancer to dancer. Also on disc 3 are excerpts of “DOXY” which Eddie created exclusively for the Jazz Tap Ensemble. “Doxy” was  so enjoyable to perform that it became a repertory favorite and was  performed by almost every dancer in the company for over twenty years.


Source: Jazz Tap Ensemble (JTE)

More information: jazztapensemblelegacy.org

Picq, Charles

Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
   On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.

His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
       - He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
       - He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
       - He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
       - He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.

       - He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.


His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.

He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).


Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon

Jazz Tap Ensemble

Artistic direction: Lynn Dally Fred Strickler and Camden Richman

Creation: 1979

The Jazz Tap Ensemble, America’s first touring tap dance company, was founded in 1979 by three dancers and three musicians who brought original tap choreography with live jazz to the concert stage.   Initially inspired by the great rhythm masters John Bubbles, “Baby” Laurence, “Honi” Coles as well as Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly, the varied modern dance backgrounds of the dancers and the diverse interests of the musicians, JTE’s vision of excellence, innovation, and collaboration, with a deep respect for the living masters, brought forth a repertory of virtuosity, wit, and deep musicality.

JAZZ TAP ENSEMBLE has been honored to present and share the stage with a pantheon of tap legends including Jimmy Slyde, Steve Condos, LaVaughn Robinson, Fayard Nicholas, Harold Nicholas, Charles “Honi” Coles, Eddie Brown, Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Savion Glover, and our beloved Gregory Hines. Based in Los Angeles, JTE has appeared in major concert halls in the U.S. and abroad including the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, London’s Riverside Theatre, Paris’ Theatre de la Ville, Lyon’s Maison de la Danse, as well as NY’s Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Spoleto USA, major first generation tap festivals across the U.S., and State Dept sponsored USIA tours of Southeast Asia and Latin America. Most recently, via DanceMotion USA, a US Department of State program, we embarked on a life changing one month tour of central and South Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Bulawayo and Harare, Zimbabwe) where real cultural exchange was able to happen daily with local artists, dancers and musicians, as well as disadvantaged youth in workshops, master classes, and concerts.

Performance highlights include Gregory Hines’ “Evening of Tap at Carnegie Hall,” “Dancing in the Streets” at the Apollo, Hollywood’s Playboy Jazz Festival, Salzburg’s 10th Annual JazzFest, Madrid’s Festival en Danza, and Lyon’s 4th Biennale, “An American Story.” TV and film credits include JTE Live in Concert (London), JTE with Honi Coles (San Francisco), and Christian Blackwood’s award winning documentary, “Tapdancin.” Recognized as leaders in the renaissance of tap dance in America, Artistic Director Lynn Dally and Jazz Tap Ensemble are well represented in Constance Valis Hill’s new history book, “Tap Dancing America.”


Source: Jazz Tap Ensemble 's website

More information: jazztapensemble.org

Doxy

Choreography : Eddie Brown, Sam Weber

Interpretation : Channing Cook Holmes, Lynn Dally, Derick K. Grant

Additionnal music : Sonny Rollins

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon - Charles Picq, 2004

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