Dance Overview: ‘Feet Really do not Are unsuccessful Me Now!,’ With Rhythmic Circus and Root Town

November 30th, 2013

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Feet Really don’t Are unsuccessful Me Now! Tap dancers, from left: Galen Higgins, Kaleena Miller, Ricci Milan and Nick Bowman, at the New Victory Theater, in a family members-oriented demonstrate in which two teams from Minneapolis, the dancers of Rhythmic Circus and the musicians of Root City, join forces.

The phrase “Feet Don’t Fall short Me Now!” may evoke a cartoon character in a hard place, reduced extremities spinning. Or it might call to mind the title tune of a Tiny Feat album. The two associations implement to “Feet Really do not Fail Me Now!,” the harmlessly entertaining exhibit of songs and tap-dancing skills finishing a operate at the New Victory Theater.

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The hourlong creation, which has been touring given that 2008, combines two Minneapolis groups: 4 faucet dancers referred to as Rhythmic Circus and a 7-piece band, Root Metropolis. This is not a case of dancers with accompaniment. The musicians are an equal portion of the present, laying down funk, blues and even salsa grooves with bass and brass, guitar and keyboard. The seem is that of a exceptional bar band: Although the music are originals, they someway look like covers.

The remarkable beatboxer Aaron Heaton is virtually one more band on his personal. With his mouth and a microphone and a number of electronic looping pedals, Mr. Heaton plays D.J. to himself, deftly switching among imaginary turntables, creating layers of a song before soloing above the leading like a kazoo. He can slow his voice like a robot running down, but he’s more in tune with the rest of the demonstrate when he asks, “Can I go more rapidly?” He can.

The dancing, in team numbers and quick solos, is comparable in its exhibition of dexterity, only not really as remarkable. A few of the dancers are veterans of “Buckets and Tap Sneakers,” a Minneapolis group led by the wild Ausland brothers, and the hoofing here feels like a tamer edition of that outfit, reproducing the high-energy flailing without having the insane edge.

“Feet Really don’t Are unsuccessful Me Now!” is also a phrase that comedians utilized to sputter to categorical the fear of ghosts that blacks supposedly had (and that was supposedly humorous). This demonstrate does not have that troubling heritage on its thoughts, or a lot of everything else. The New Victory’s audience of mostly youngsters appeared to like it just good.

The group’s peppy creative director, Ricci Milan, clarifies its origins in a research corridor scene in which rhythm nerds make pals with 1 another by turning furnishings into percussion. That good-natured goofing off is the coronary heart of “Feet Really don’t Fail Me Now!,” and when, at the finish of the amount, Mr. Milan announces that he has an thought, it’s the governing concept of the present: “Faster!”

“Feet Do not Fail Me Now!” runs by way of Sunday at the New Victory Theater, 209 West forty second Road, Manhattan 646-223-3010,

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