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JUMP RHYTHM JAZZ PROJECT, 11/3

October 29, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES
BILLY SIEGENFELD’S
JUMP RHYTHM JAZZ PROJECT
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 8:00 P.M.


Fairfax, Virginia, October 7, 2004—Rhythm first – transforming the entire body into a musical instrument – is the vibrant, energetic and undeniably entertaining style of choreography being pioneered now by the Chicago-based troupe JUMP RHYTHM JAZZ PROJECT, led by Billy Siegenfeld. This homage to the best elements of jazz dancing comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Wednesday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Hall’s Grand Tier.

Great music makes a great partner for great jazz dance. Full of rhythmic punctuations that dancers can use to transform dynamically flat movement into sequences of musically sharp dance-thought, this Jump Rhythm Jazz Project performance is saturated with tunes by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, and many others. The music, the dancers’ "tap mentality," their use of patterns and syncopation coupled with natural motion, adds up to a troupe that really puts the "swing" in jazz dancing, invoking performances of artists like Fred Astaire, Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse, Sammy Davis, Jr., and others.

"Thank goodness – jazz!" exclaimed Joseph H. Mazo, in Dance Magazine, and Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times says, "Billy Siegenfeld is onto something with the Jump Rhythm Jazz style…" Siegenfeld, who began experimenting, in 1985, with the movement vocabulary that would become Jump Rhythm Jazz, organized the ensemble in 1997 to train and work on the repertory that exists today. Billy Siegenfeld has created dances for many companies including Jose Limon Dance Company, Joffrey II Dancers, Ballet Pacifica and many more. In 2000, Dance Teacher placed Siegenfeld on the ‘Twentieth Century Timeline of Major Innovators and Choreographers’ in the art of jazz dance, and he’s been credited by Dancer magazine for "inventing the first genuine jazz technique in forty years."

Tickets for the JUMP RHYTHM JAZZ PROJECT are $36, $28, $18.
FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children, 12 and under, half price!
Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa



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