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Rhythmically Speaking presents . . . RIFFIN’: A Jazz-Danced Celebration of Human Interaction

Arts & TheaterRhythmically Speaking is thrilled to return to indoor live performance this November with Riffin’: A Jazz-Danced Celebration of Human Interaction. We are glad to be back home at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall, the same space that has hosted all three of our CHILL Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack productions. This time around, we’ll be celebrating our shared human status as social animals: creatures that thrive off interacting with not only one another, but also complex rhythms and grooves! RS will use their signature groove, interaction and improvisation-based approach to jazz dance to enlivening this concept, along with a combo of live jazz musicians led by guitarist and composer Mike Lauer. Come share in live music and movement and the moment (and a pint and a meal while you are at it) with us and each other in a beloved physical, social space (remember those?)!\ \ WHAT: Riffin’: A Jazz-Danced Celebration of Human Interaction\ WHEN: Wednesday, November 3rd @ 7:30pm & Thursday, November 4th @ 7:30pm\ WHERE: Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown St. Paul, MN\ TICKETS: visit our website at\ \ A ‘riff’ is an ‘energetic, often improvised (verbal) outpouring,’ ‘a succinct or witty comment,’ or a distinct variation or “take” on something’ (Merriam Webster). Playing off this and a counterpoint to the idea of ‘ripping off’ or stealing, ‘riffing off’ is a jazz term meaning ‘to borrow and elaborate on.’ This is how we humans navigate our lives – improvising our way from one interaction with one another to the next as we weave our way through our life experiences. Consequently, ‘riffing off one another’ is also a major component of how RS approaches jazz dance – creating improvised interactions off each other, complex jazz music, word prompts, the environments in which we are dancing, etc.\ \ At Riffin’, audiences will be able to experience a taste of each of these ways of riffing, along with others! This concept will also be riffed off in the creatio
November 03, 2021
November 04, 2021
Amsterdam Bar & Hall 6 West 6th Street Wabasha Street North, Ramsey County, Minnesota 55102 United States
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