Memphis Jookin’: The Show
featuring Lil Buck
West Coast Premiere
As a deep bass beat thumps through the sound system, he is transfixing: one moment gliding fluidly across the stage; the next, animated by a barrage of fleet jittery footwork—finally punctuated by a balletic 360-degree spin on the toes of his white high-top sneakers. He’s Lil Buck, a star of the homegrown Memphis street dance style called jookin’.
Lil Buck became a YouTube star after director Spike Jonze uploaded a video of his dance improvisation with Yo-Yo Ma, and since then the young sensation has collaborated with everyone from Madonna to choreographer Benjamin Millepied. And in the West Coast premiere of this dazzling show, he—along with a DJ and an expert eight-dancer crew—transports us to the streets, the hallways, and the clubs where Memphis jookin’ was born.
“His agile physical instrument is astounding…[and] fueling it all is the emotion that drives his magnetic dancing. There is struggle and pain, joy and healing, and ultimately, a transformation” (The New York Times).
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