Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic
“A tap dancer and choreographer of extraordinary depth” (The New York Times), Ayodele Casel captures the spark of connection and creation in her critically acclaimed work, Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic. Directed by Torya Beard, a long-time collaborator and Creative Director for Casel’s 2019 unanimously-praised Joyce debut, the work was awarded “Outstanding Production” for the 2021 Bessie Awards and The New York Times "Best of Dance 2021."
Welcoming old and new musical collaborators into the mix, Chasing Magic features performances by Grammy Award-winning composer and pianist 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 “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 and what DANCETABS has called "a bit of dance heaven."
"Tap is magic...and so is Casel...She doesn't need to chase the magic. It chases her." Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic is a NYT Critics' Pick. Click here to read the review by Gia Kourlas.
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.
Underwriting support for The Joyce's presentation of Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic provided by Deborah and Charles Adelman.
Live Music for Dance Sponsor: Jody and John Arnhold.
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 the Office of the Governor 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 Council Member Erik Bottcher.
Tickets are $25 per household. This performance will be available for on-demand streaming Friday, January 7 at 6pm ET through Sunday, January 23 at 11:59pm.
All tickets can be purchased online. For questions, please call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800.