Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic
Trailblazer Ayodele Casel captures the spark of connection and creation in her latest work, Chasing Magic. Directed by Torya Beard, a long-time collaborator and Creative Director for Casel’s 2019 unanimously-praised Joyce debut, this world premiere explores the magic of both tap dance and everyday life. Welcoming old and new musical collaborators into the mix, Chasing Magic features performances by acclaimed jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill, singer/songwriter Crystal Monee Hall, music director and composer Annastasia Victory, and percussionist Senfu Stoney.
Alongside an impressive crew of dancers, Casel leans into this moment of reconnecting. In a long-awaited collaboration with EVIDENCE Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown, Casel’s own archival tap dances serve as the soundtrack to which she and Brown respond. The lineup also features the New York premiere of “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Cheek to Cheek,” performed and co-choreographed by Casel and fellow tap dancer Anthony Morigerato. Joined by tap artists Naomi Funaki, Amanda Castro, and John Manzari, and filmed on The Joyce stage by tap dancer and filmmaker Kurt Csolak, Casel continues to tap into moments of collaboration that feel like magic.
Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic is a NYT Critics' Pick. Click here to read the review by Gia Kourlas.
Streaming On-Demand Thursday, April 8 at 8pm ET through Thursday, April 29 at 11:59pm ET
Extension made possible through the generous support of Earthjustice.
Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.
Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Leadership support for The Joyce's annual programming is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation.
The Joyce’s Open Channels Project promoting diverse voices is generously supported by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Joyce presentations are supported by a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts; made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson.
Special support for The Joyce's presentation of Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic provided by Toni Hoover.
Major support For The Joyce has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.
Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, GKV Charitable Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, and Jerome Robbins Foundation.
Tickets are $25 per household. This performance will be available for on-demand streaming Thursday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 21.
All tickets can be purchased online. For questions, please call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. JoyceCharge is open noon-4pm Monday-Friday.