The performance will be held at the Jasper Arts Center on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
Home-grown hoofers from the Minneapolis arts scene, Rhythmic Circus comes to the Jasper Arts Center with FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW!, a dynamic tap and music performance that mixes hard-hitting percussive dance and a live rock band and guarantees to enthrall audiences of all ages with its medley of positivity and infectious rhythm.
Three guys and a gal combine rapid-fire tap talent with the funky styling and original lyrics of a seven piece band with a big, brass sound. Add vocal percussionist Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, the human beatbox, and it’s easy to see why this show earned a 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Spirit of the Fringe Award.
From an acapella singing and tap number to a percussive chair routine (think STOMP) to the stripped down “Dream Song,” an acoustic number inspired by a front porch jam session back home in Minneapolis, FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! is a genre-hopping hour-and-a-half of rock, blues and soul.
Brilliant staging and integrated choreography is most evident in “Circus,” a crowd-pleaser in which the dancers, decked out in colorful marching band attire, join the musicians in an intense, fast-paced number that features a tuba solo, original vocal lines and tap breakdowns.
“We created FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! out of the desire to get people back in touch with the spirit of celebration. The show helps remind our audiences that there is always a reason to get up, let go and dance,” said co-creator Nick Bowman. “The name of our show comes from an old New Orleans chant dating back to the early 1900’s – a time when the city was rich with culture and spirit, they literally had parades every Sunday just to celebrate their lives and community. Rhythmic Circus has adopted the chant as more of a rallying cry. We have been ecstatic to see it strike a chord with people everywhere from our home town to Off-Broadway and all the way across the globe.”
FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and went on to tour both nationally and internationally, including a recent six-week tour throughout China and 25 show run in New York City at the New Victory Theatre.
The ensemble was awarded in two categories of the Minnesota SAGE Awards for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Ensemble and was also named the “Best Dance Performance” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages.
Critics and audiences have raved:
“They bring the furious funk…and tap their way into everyone’s hearts!” – Star Tribune
“Fast, furious footwork!” – New York Times
“Spectacular, joyous and inspirational, Feet Don’t fail Me Now! will have you dancing all the way home!” – The Big Issue
“Funky, edgy and explosive!” – Pioneer Press
“A storm of feverish excitement!” – Three Weeks
“An exuberant, toe-tapping, hand-clapping hour-and-a-half of music and dance!” – Theatermania
“A family-friendly tap extravaganza!” – New York Post
“Wildly multi-tasking show!” – Show Business Weekly
As FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! continues to spread their positivity with audiences everywhere, it remains true to its mission to provide inspirational experiences for all age groups and cultural backgrounds through a sensational blend of theatre, music and dance. Learn more at www.rhythmiccircus.com.
Tickets for this performance are still available. Those interested in attending should call the Jasper Arts Center right away at 812-482-3070. Tickets are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors, and $30 for students and children. Group rates are available.
Jasper Community Arts is a department of the City of Jasper. Additional support is provided by Friends of the Arts, Inc., Dubois County Tourism, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts with special thanks to the Vanderburgh County Community Foundation.