City of Lafayette partners with world-famous Apollo Theater.
New York's famed Apollo Theater is partnering with the city of Lafayette. Apollo is presenting "James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration of Dance." The evening long dance performance will showcase stylistic and cultural influences from the Godfather of Soul.
The Louisiana Live Entertainment Initiative, a tax credit that supports performances that launch within the state, sparked an interest from the national treasure. Via Skype, Executive Producer Mikki Shepard explained other reasons why Lafayette was chosen for the artistic partnership, which has been in the works since 2012.
"First it has a history of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, and you have people that take risks, willing to invest and fully get behind new projects. Plus, the city of Lafayette welcomed us with open arms."
City-Parish President Joey Durel said, "Having the Apollo, who could have picked places all over the country, certainly all over the state to choose Lafayette is a real feather in our cap. I think shows the credibility that we have here."
Six choreographers from around the world, 15 dancers, lighting, music and production gurus will work in Lafayette, preparing the production for its world premiere at the Apollo. The team will arrive in Lafayette ten days before the premiere, in October.
Several organizations are working in the partnership, including the Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Heymann Performing Arts Center and The Performing Arts Society of Acadiana.
Executive Director of PASA, Vicki Chrisman said, "We are thrilled at the opportunity to present it in a public performance , in a student performance. Also, all of the workshops and activities and residencies are all things that PASA will help present and be a part of."
James Brown's music will be the background for different styles of dance ranging from hip hop to tap. Once the set- up is completed, two preview performances will take place in Lafayette. Afterwards, the entire crew will move to the Apollo for the world-premiere and a national tour.