Live Feed In-Progress – Sassafrazz: Roots to Mastery
Sassafrazz is a new evening-length dance inspired by the word sassafras: A dried root used for flavoring, early character based dance styles and flavor in Breaking and the privilege of maturing as a dancer in this form. With an original, improvisationally structured composition for 3 Breakers and 3 jazz musicians, Sassafrazz will focus on stages of Xavier’s Breaking life. The birth, life & death/infinity- represented by the levels and styles in Breaking: Top rock, Footwork and Ground Text. Breaking pioneer, Ken Swift, will help create this work alongside notable Jazz experts, a field advanced in their understanding of seasoned performers.
The Live Feed creative residency program is a laboratory for the development of new commissioned work directed toward our theater. This informal workshop showing offers a sneak peek into the artist’s process and ideas before they hit our stage. Taking place within the intimate working space of the Live Arts studio, each showing is followed by a discussion with the artist moderated by special guests and Live Arts staff.
The Live Feed program is supported in part by by Rockefeller Brothers Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Partners for New Performance.