When: Sun., Aug. 2 2009
The performance segment of Chicago Human Rhythm Project's two-week festival (residencies are already under way) opens with a free show at Millennium Park, and concludes, as usual, with Juba!--a series of concerts by CHRP faculty and their troupes. Outstanding national artists stud the lineup for the Millennium Park event. A veteran of theater and film (Bamboozled), New York rhythm tapper Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards is a delicate presence who catches fire fast. Relative newcomer Jason Janas has been compared to Savion Glover for his hip-hop style, but he's less aloof. In a YouTube video, Janas acknowledges applause, first with a wave that says, "Glad you liked it," then with another: "It was nothing." Jakari Sherman, artistic director of D.C.-based Step Afrika!, is a master of the pseudo martial art of stepping, which can include shouted commands, stomps, claps, and body slaps. Local stars on the 13-act program include Chicago Tap Theatre, the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, and BAM! See chicagotap.org for other free or low-cost events, as well as full lineups for Juba! (featuring Sumbry-Edwards and Janas on Thursday only).