Chicago Tap Theatre will perform at Hope College on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.
Previously performing at Hope in 2011, Chicago Tap Theatre has been named the “Best of 2016” by Dance Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Windy City Times. The Chicago Tribune has also described the Chicago Tap Theatre as “inventive, family friendly and rhythmic.”
Chicago Tap Theatre was founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Mark Yonally, an internationally acclaimed dancer with experience with the Bill Evans Dance Company and Especially Tap Chicago. Yonally is also an educator who has taught at festivals and worked as a faculty member at Oklahoma City University and Hope College.
Chicago Tap Theatre performed as a guest in numerous Chicagoland productions while also self-producing five full-length shows during its first three years, and produced its first three-show season in 2004. Since then, CTT has toured cities in the south of France, worked with Bill Evans, told the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, performed numerous secular holiday shows and appeared at events including Lollapalooza, the Jazz Dance World Congress and the Ravinia Festival. The company’s works have included “Changes,” a science fiction tap dance opera set entirely to the music of David Bowie; “Mixology,” which incorporates a mixture of tap dance to live music; and a collaboration with comic book artist Andrew Pepoy (“Superman,” “X-Men,” “Fables”) for “The Hourglass in the Stop-Time Chronicles,” a tap opera with a comic book/superhero theme.
Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public, $7 for members of the college’s faculty and staff, $5 for children, and free for Hope students, and are available at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.