TapTheYard: Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson
Jazz, tap, and contemporary urban dance combine with unique Brazilian flavor in this performance by acclaimed performers and musicians Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson. “Partido” explores the convergence of percussive dance with contemporary urban styles in African-American and Afro-Brazilian culture. The piece highlights the deep connections between music and dance of African origin in Brazil and the US and links styles like samba and house dance through shared rhythms and footwork. Through vibrant, playful percussive choreography and music, “Partido” addresses questions of cultural identity and race, highlighting and celebrating a shared heritage. In “Phase”, for two dancers, Sandoval plays with the rhythmic possibilities he finds within the boundaries of Steve Reich’s minimalist music.