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June 15 - 16, 2023
The Show

Braintrust (Creative Team)
Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh,
Caleb Teicher, Eyal Vilner

Choreography and Improvisation by
Caleb Teicher and the Braintrust in collaboration with the Dancers,
Big Apple Contest, choreography by Frankie Manning,
as first seen in Keep Punching

Caleb Teicher

All arrangements and orchestrations by Eyal Vilner,
performed by the Eyal Vilner Big Band.
Downhill, The Rabbit, Ain’t Got Nobody, Chabichou, The Jam,
Tap Tap Tap,
and Belleville, all composed by Eyal Vilner.
My Baby Just Cares For Me by Donaldson & Kahn,
Saint Louis Blues by W.C. Handy,
The Big Apple Contest by L. Norman,
Shiny Stockings by F. Foster,
Jumpin’ At The Woodside by C. Basie

Original Lighting Design
serena wong

Associate Lighting Design
Kelly Martin

Original Sound Design
Joseph Wolfslau

Costume Design
Márion Talán de la Rosa

Bandstand & Logo Design
Michelle Stokes

Choreographic Advisor
Melanie George

Evita Arce, Brandon Barker, Nathan Bugh,
Tim Christopher, Gaby Cook, Dee Daniels Locke,
Laura Glaess, AJ Howard, Michael Jagger,
Jennifer Jones, Rachel Pitner, Caleb Teicher

Brian Lawton

Willie Applewhite (trombone),
Julieta Eugenio (tenor saxophone),
Erán Fink (drums), Ian Hutchison (bass),
Martha Kato (piano),
John Lake (trumpet),
Josh Lee (baritone saxophone),
Brandon Lee (trumpet),
Imani Rousselle (vocals),
Eyal Vilner (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet)

Ross LeClair, Joyce Theater Productions

Production Manager
Olivia Brown

Company Manager
Bridget Caston

A Note From The Braintrust

SW!NG OUT presents social Lindy Hop and vernacular dance as a jazz concert experience. It is a blend of prearrangement and improvisation, where only some of the steps are choreographed; only some of the music is on the page. Performers and spectators are invited to interpret the material in real time, to share in the exhilaration of creation.

Even though Lindy Hop and vernacular jazz have been used in other productions for nostalgia or novelty, there has not been a touring, evening-length program celebrating what these dances have become. By assembling genuine, swing-dance superstars in an improvisatory space, this show offers a unique glimpse into their universe: the modern Lindy Hop scene.

For us, Lindy Hop tackles the issues of society-at-large but in an arena of exaggerated humanity. Touch, trust, gender, history, intimacy, and partnership get ground together there, in the crucible of jazz, and they are reified as art. Our mission with SW!NG OUT is to search for perspective on these complexities, while embracing the joy of jazz dance and music.

Thank you for joining us.

- The Braintrust: Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Macy Sullivan, Caleb Teicher, and Eyal Vilner

Funding Credits

The presentation of SW!NG OUT was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.