The American Tap Dance Foundation’s first Friday Film Festival kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 7 with Gertrude’s Nose (a tap dance opera), at the American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher Street #2B. The three-part film series, in studio and live, will continue on Friday, November 4 and Friday, December 2, also at 8 p.m. The festival will revisit tap dance productions from the past, live from the ATDF archives.
Gertrude’s Nose (a Tap Opera) premiered at Dance Theater Workshop’s Bessie Schonberg Theater June 26–29, 1996. Gertrude’s Nose has been described as “a tap oratorio”, a soundscape for tap and vocal, jazz singing style in which words are added to the improvisation of an instrumental soloist, and to poetry. Created by Brenda Bufalino in collaboration with guest artist/jazz vocalist Jay Clayton, the production featured dancers from the American Tap Dance Orchestra and others. The October 7 screening will feature a Q&A with Tap Master Brenda Bufalino and surprise guests. Visit atdf.org/events to learn more.
The Film Festival‘s first Friday evenings will be hosted by ATDF Executive/Artistic Director Tony Waag. All are open to the public, with proof of compulsory vaccination, optional masks. Suggested donation: $5.00. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, visit Shows and Events or call 646-230-9564 to register.