PREVIEW: Exploring the Complexities of Jazz Funk

It’s that time of year again when thesis performances are in abundance. Tomorrow and Friday, Lenard J. Foust (Master of Fine Arts in Dance candidate), will present Exploring the Complexities of Jazz Funk.

What is Jazz Funk? It’s more than sharp movements and syncopated musicality. It blends traditional concepts of “masculine” and “feminine” movement. A jazz funk dancer isn’t just someone who embodies the movement, but also one who understands the historical and cultural contexts that led to the birth of jazz funk as a genre.

The thesis performance features twenty dancers, interactive projections, and choreography by Foust, Lando Coffy and Jose Tena (who are international jazz funk dance professionals). Audience members will experience behind-the-scenes production of a commercial dance video.

A panel discussion will follow each 8:30pm performance.


Price: Free

Show Times:

March 28th, 7pm and 8:30pm

March 29th, 7pm and 8:30pm

Location: Duderstadt Center Video Studio (Suite 3360), 2281 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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