Winner of Edinburgh Festival’s “Spirit of the Fringe” award in 2012, Rhythmic Circus brings its genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance to the Diana Wortham Theatre stage Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1, at 8:00 p.m.
Rhythmic Circus’ explosive show FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, the hometown of the dance troupe, and was created out of a desire to get people back in touch with the spirit of celebration. The name of the show comes from an old New Orleans chant dating back to the 1900s. The group’s dancers and founders joined forces with the fantastic musicians from the popular band, Twin Cities, for the first time, and together they integrated an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres to create a show reflective of the power of the human spirit. Soon after, the homegrown hoofers hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. Adding to the fun and the funk is Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, the human beatbox, who joins the band in accompanying each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain.
Rhythmic Circus has grown into an international sensation since debuting at a small theatre in northeast Minneapolis, touring more than 100 cities worldwide thus far in its career. No stranger to the spotlight, the company recently competed on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, was featured on Twin City Public Television’s MN Original, collaborated with Vocal Essence in Witness: A Tribute to Duke Ellington at the Ordway Performing Arts Center, and appeared in the Crash Bang Boom! Festival at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall.
Rhythmic Circus’s success has been marked by rave reviews and numerous awards, including two SAGE Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, two Upper Midwest Emmys, and the honor of being named “Best Dance Performance” by Minneapolis’ City Pages.
Under Artistic Director Ricci Milan and Executive Director Nick Bowman, Rhythmic Circus includes dancers Ricci Milan, Galen Higgins, Kaleena Miller, and Justin Lewis. The musicians of Rhythmic Circus include guitarist David Feily, beatboxer Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, keys player Cornell Blanchard, drummer Patrick Nelson, bassist Dan Ristrom, saxophonist Peter Vircks, and trumpeter Aaron Wiener.
Rhythmic Circus’s Asheville performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors William Hilson & Nancy Houha, and PNC Bank; and by Mainstage Special Attractions Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun and BMW of Asheville; with additional support provided by Media Sponsor The Laurel of Asheville.