Dance Like Animals In Wynton Marsalis’ ‘Spaces’

Tap dancer Jared Grimes and street dancer Lil Buck embody animals in Marsalis' new jazz suite.
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Written by from WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

In Spaces, Wynton Marsalis’ new dance suite for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, each movement corresponds to a different animal — a chicken, a lion, a frog and more.

He enlisted tap dancer Jared Grimes and “jooker” (street dancer) Lil Buck to embody the animals in their performances. In this piece, Marsalis also describes his fascination with the animal kingdom, his process of writing, and the way he attempts to draw on the spaces that all creatures inhabit.

 

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