Rhythmic Circus to return to Freeman Stage on May 24

Rhythmic Circus, which has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance company known for transforming their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm, will be making their way back to the Freeman Stage at Bayside in “Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” on Saturday, May 24 at 7 p.m. The admission for the show is free, but patrons should bring their own chairs.

In addition to the public performance on May 24, 3,500 local school children will be attending performances of “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” earlier in the week as part of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation’s educational outreach program.

“Infusing their unpredictable blend of hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor and finger-snapping tunes, Rhythmic Circus satisfies their ‘rhythmic appetite’ on everything from sand to folding chairs. Tapping their way from one musical genre to the next, employing everything from funk to beatbox to salsa to unravel their tale; this unforgettable show is guaranteed to leave audiences of all generations amazed with its unique ‘you have to see it to believe it’ quality!” organizers described.

“As Feet Don’t Fail Me Now continues in its pursuit to win over audiences everywhere, it remains true to its mission to provide inspirational experiences for all age groups and cultural backgrounds through a sensational blend of theater, music and dance.”

“‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ is the perfect offering for our local families and visitors over the Memorial Day weekend,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. “We think that this high-energy arts experience by Rhythmic Circus is an exciting way to kick off our seventh summer season of contemporary and classic performances at the Freeman Stage.”

Rhythmic Circus is a troupe of 11 artists with beginnings at a small theater in Northeast Minneapolis. While touring to more than 90 cities worldwide over the last several years, the performances of Rhythmic Circus have been marked by their production’s rave reviews, sold-out engagements and numerous awards, which include: two Sage Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Performance, the “Spirit of the Fringe” Award, two Upper Midwest Emmys, and being named “Best Dance Performance” by the City Pages.

Regular weekly performances at the Freeman Stage will commence on June 20, with a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, who will be joined by The Vallely Brothers Duo, and approximately 100 students from John M. Clayton Elementary School will take the stage.

The Freeman Stage is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which partners to present memorable performances and provide inspired arts education for all. The program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Grant support is also provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the Sussex County Council and the State of Delaware. For more information on this season’s events at the Freeman Stage, call (302) 436-3015 or visit www.freemanstage.org.