#DanceForth is a National Arts Centre (NAC) Dance livestream series designed to support Canadian dance artists. Two new works by Toronto-based artists have been commissioned by dance Immersion and will be co-presented in partnership with The National Arts Centre, with the support of Harbourfront Centre. Free online access!
Beyond Showbiz: Tap Dance, the Embodied Spirit of Black Improvisational Music
A new work by the Jaqueline Lemieux Prize-winning TRAVIS KNIGHTS (tap), Juno Award-Winning DIVINE BROWN (vocals), MICHAEL SHAND (keyboards), AMHED MITCHEL (drums), and ROSS MACINTYRE (bass).
Beyond Showbiz is how we explore and push beyond our boundaries; it’s how we connect to one another and our ancestors. Join us as we celebrate the past in the present and forge ahead toward an intentionally expansive future.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Travis Knights was introduced to the rich oral tradition of Tap by his teacher Ethel Bruneau at age 10. He went on to travel the world spreading his love of rhythm across 4 continents, touring with Tap Dogs, Tapestry Dance Company, and the self-produced Tap Love Tour. In 2019 Travis finished a two year community development residency at the Tranzac Club in Toronto hosting the Jazz United Jam, a weekly jazz jam session aimed at reconnecting live musicians with dancers. He is the 2020 recipient of the Jaqueline Lemieux Prize for outstanding contribution to dance in Canada. In March 2021, Travis will debut his one man show called Ephemeral Artifacts with a 3 week residency at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario and hosts The Tap Love Tour Podcast, available on spotify, soundcloud and apple podcasts, (make sure to subscribe) featuring interviews of a myriad of inspiring tap dance artists.
You can access the event for free on June 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the NAC website at this link:
Photo of Travis Knights by Damian Siqueiros