By Stacey Muncie
Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
Rhythmic Circus will blend percussive dance, comedy and original music into an evening of toe-tapping entertainment with their show “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Hatfield Hall.
“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” tells the story of a quirky private investigator’s mission to uncover the origins of the Rhythmic Circus, a group on a quest to change the world with song and dance. Along the way, he finds himself forming an unexpected bond with the group that soon propels him and the audience into an unforgettable dance adventure.
The troupe’s dance extravaganza is interwoven with the musical offerings of its instrumentalists and singers. In one of the most popular tap shows since “Tap Dogs,” “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” features rapid-fire tap, a one-man beatbox sensation, and a talented corps of horns, drums, keyboards, guitar and bass.
“It’s made up of so many components,” Rhythmic Circus’s Nick Bowman told the Springfield News-Sun. “It isn’t a dance group; it’s in your face and high energy. It’s live tap dancing and music, but here the musicians are as important as the dancers. It’s just an eclectic group of artists.”
Hailing from Minneapolis, the troupe of 11 includes dancers and musicians who have toured 90 cities worldwide since the group’s inception four years ago. Rhythmic Circus has grown from a little known percussive dance phenomenon into an international powerhouse, garnering rave reviews, sold-out engagements and a number of accolades.
They’ve earned two Sage Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, the Spirit of the Fringe Award (Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s top theatrical award), and two Upper Midwest Emmys. Following their performance at Hatfield Hall, their tour will take them to New York’s New Victory Theater.
In addition to their scheduled performance at Hatfield Hall, the dancers from Rhythmic Circus will also be hosting a tap master class for local dance students during their time in Terre Haute. Presented by the Hatfield Hall Performing Arts Series and hosted by The Academy of Dance, the 1-hour class is free to area dance students.
Participants should be proficient in all basic tap moves as well as the more advanced time steps, wings, pullbacks, pick-ups, paradiddles and riffs. Space is limited and dancers must pre-register by calling Hatfield Hall at (812) 877-8544. Participants will also receive a special $5 ticket rate to see Rhythmic Circus perform at Hatfield Hall.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Indiana Arts Commission and General Mills Foundation.
Tickets are $23-27 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased in person, by calling the Hatfield Hall ticket desk at 812-877-8544, or at hatfieldhall.com. Complete season information, including artist video clips, is available at hatfieldhall.com.