This Pick of the Week is dedicated to International Dance Day. In this edition, we feature the recent performance of Caleb Teicher, tap dance, and pianist Conrad Tao in a unique collaboration as part of the virtual series of Concerts from the Library of Congress. Enjoy their electrifying approach to Gershwin's famous "Rhapsody in Blue." Also, we feature an interesting blog post on Erick Hawkins and Lucia Dlugoszewski by Dance Curator Libby Smigel and a digital dance guided tour available at the Library. We hope this edition of the Pick of the Week makes you want to move around and feel the joy of movement. Happy International Dance Day!
Pianist and composer Conrad Tao joins forces with tap dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher in a brilliant recital of music and dance, both composed and improvised. Each artist earns raves for electric performances. In this program, their debut as a duo, their collaboration is astonishing, with an intriguing music mix and an impressive range of style and mood. Teicher's comment captures the essence of their collaboration: "It's hard to sense where the music starts and the dancing ends, or where the dancing starts and the music ends. They're just one." Excerpted here is their brilliant rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.