The B.S. Shuffle
Celebrate National Tap Dance Day with the “The B.S. Shuffle” by Tristan Bruns, featuring “Boogie Stop Shuffle” by Charles Mingus, Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. CDT.
Charles Mingus’ music may seem chaotic, especially “Boogie Stop Shuffle,” whose underlying and catchy bass melody and rhythm belie its structural complexity. Yet, Mingus was a strict composer and, at least for his first album, “Ah, Um,” had most of the parts thoroughly composed—even the various instrumentalists’ solos. Tristan Bruns’ piece, “The B.S. Shuffle,” captures that sense of controlled chaos with his choice of syncopated and accented rhythms and a “dance-party-esque” vibe, where dancers seem to be coming at the viewer from every direction. There are also solo improvisations by the dancers of M.A.D.D. Rhythms using jazz-inspired expressions, but, as Mingus himself would often prove an obdurate proponent of his own visions, Bruns, too, makes a stand against the maestro himself, hoping that he would agree with his choice through a shared obduracy towards their art.
Performers include: Bril Barrett, Tristan Bruns, Andrew Carr, Megan Davis, Starinah “Star” Dixon, Alexandrya Fryson, Hannah Geiser, Izaiah Harris, Sterling Harris, Caleb Jackson, Donnetta Jackson, Keyana Latimer, Devin.
The production team for “The B.S. Shuffle” includes Adam Salinas (director/editor), Alexander Lakin (director of photography), Gianna Aquilina (1st assistant camera) and Chris O’Malley (gaffer).