Skylarks on Tap
with a Taste of Local Flavor
Saturday, October 19 – 2:00pm
Saturday, October 19 – 7:30pm
Sunday, October 20 – 2:00pm
Preview Show (no live music): Friday, October 18 – 7:30pm
Cost: $25 ($15 for preview show) + $1 processing fee (online)
Tickets: www.skylarktappers.org or call 503-451-5944
Skylarks on Tap: With a Taste of Local Flavor is truly a celebration of local art. Dancers, musicians and a visual artist will take over the Headwaters Theatre this October to showcase the bounty of talent that Portland has to offer.
The Skylark Tappers will present a variety of rhythm and show tap styles danced to live music ranging from jazz to classical. The Skylark band includes musical director and keyboardist Jack Buddeke, the recipient of the 2003 Mel Brown award, Jeff Homan on saxophone, Rivkah Ross on drums and Perry Thoorsell on bass. Vocalist Anandi Gefroh contributes her signature smoky and sweet sound to the group.
As patrons enter the lobby of the theater, they will be treated to a visual display of abstract mixed-media paintings by local artist Carolyn Cole, an honors graduate of Portland State University. Inside the theatre, audiences will be treated to an immersive experience of music and dance, featuring choreography to songs from Portland-based composers: “Show Pain” by Gordon Lee and “Walter’s Tune” by Phil Goldberg. Gefroh will also present some of her original songs and the Skylarks will dance to Buddeke’s original composition, “August Alibi”.
“As tap dancers, we are musicians and our shoes are our instrument,” says Judy Tibbles, artistic director for the Skylark Tappers. “We are thrilled to work with such talented Portland musicians who help us enhance our artform. People who come to the show should expect to be entertained by remarkable dancers and musicians alike and get a glimpse into the exceptional connection between tap and music.” Tibbles participates in the local jazz scene with tap dance improvisation, where she connected with many of the musicians playing the concert.
The Skylark Tappers are Rachael Brown, Missy Eseppi, Becky Goldcrump, Sheri Leipzig, Victor Torres and Briana Whitehead. Most of the choreography is created by artistic director Judy Tibbles. However, some pieces in the show were choreographed in collaboration with the dancers and some include improvisation by both the dancers and musicians.