Sweet Briar College will host a performance by the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 in Murchison Lane Auditorium at Babcock Fine Arts Center.
Founded by artistic director and principal choreographer Billy Siegenfeld, the award-winning Chicago-based company is noted for performing percussive, story-based dance theater.
Siegenfeld and his singer-dancers use a technique he developed, Jump Rhythm Technique, that “transforms the dancing body, accompanied by the scat-singing voice, into a dynamically expressive, rhythm-accurate percussion instrument,” according to its website, jrjp.org.
A New York Times reviewer called the style a “matter of taut, precise, fast and far-moving jazz dancing.”
The ensemble describes its own work as “rhythmically explosive” and a celebration of “dancing and singing to the beat-driven sounds of swinging jazz and the blues, hard-hitting funk and hip-hop, and world music.”
Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 28. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for children younger than 12 and members of the Sweet Briar community. Seating is general.
For information or to reserve tickets, call (434) 381-6120 or email [email protected].