Juba! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Theater Critic's Choice

Juba! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

Talk about masters! Each evening in the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's final weekend features a different tapper with decades of dancing under his belt. Harold Cromer, who performs Friday, was born in the early 20s. He started dancing when he was nine, winning contests at clubs where the prizes were bags of groceries, and went on to sing and dance on Broadway and on TV. Skip Cunningham, who performs Saturday, is another old-time hoofer and singer. But Jimmy Slyde, who's on the bill Sunday, is a different breed: a rhythm tapper. "You have to count; you have to know meters and bars. It's something you figure out--mathematics, calculations," he told one interviewer, adding "It doesn't always add up, and I like that." His tapping is very cool, very subtle, often in counterpoint with the music and filled with restless, intelligent variation. Others on these programs include Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, and Dianne Walker. a Fri-Sat 8/3-8/4, 8 PM, Sun 8/5, 3 PM, Northwestern University, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, 847-491-7282, $25-$30, $20 kids under 12. --Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Jimmy Slyde.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment