Kuku on Taps
Over the course of the year, I have continued to invest time and energy into this work. I've teamed up with the brillaince of Quynn Johnson and music powerhouse Tamar Greene. It's important to me that my work continues to mature in a way that crosses boarders, ethnic backrgound and bring joy to all who experience it. Quynn Johnson has the ablity to shift movement and rhythms that created a new dynamic to the exsisting work. Tamar Greene helped me flush out the vocal concept and as a team continue the forward progress of creating a "percussical". A percussive dance musical.
KuKu is a circle dance and drum rhythm with origins of West Africa, as a way to celebrate harvest and other celebratory events. Traditionally performed by women and only on two djembes, I wanted to recreate this powerful dance using men and women percussive dancers. In KuKu on taps we mash up tap dance, stepping, body percussion and vocal percussion. The three women represent mothers, wives and sisters while the men represent the two djembes. This cast of five perform a highly energetic percussive interpretation of the famed West African song while fussing other global rhythms.
As a percussive dancer, I’ve always been inspired by the musical likes of Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, and traditional music from countries such as Brazil, South Africa and Montreal. The relationship between music and dance allows for much creativity and Kuku on taps is a perfect example of that relationship. For me the performing arts allow people to express themselves and allow audience member to disconnect from their realities one performance at at time.