Dance

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).

Feb 25–26, 2022
Feb 25–26, 2022

On Sale Dates

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Aug 17 Subscriptions and Add-on Tickets to Donors $100-$1,499 and Renewing Subscribers*
Aug 24 Subscriptions and Single Tickets to Email Club; UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, & Students
Aug 27 Subscriptions and Single Tickets to General Public
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