What It's Like To Be Human
An original tap dance work by Tristan Bruns and collaborators.
"Three Tap Dancing Robots become unstuck from reality. Stripped of their parts, they search for a way back to reality and must discover what it is like to be human."
What It's Like To Be Human is based on the experiences of choreographer Tristan Bruns' yearlong break from concert dance to perform in a more industrialized theatre setting. It is a work in progress that changes from performance to performance based on audience feedback. The work is currently in it's 3rd iteration.
Going To Work/Tik Tok - Excerpts from 'What It's Like To Be Human',
performed at the Chicago Tap Summit, video by Alienworx
4/20/2019 "Bruns’s choreography, which is housed under the moniker of Tapman Productions, often attempts to blend principles of hip hop and modern dance with tap. In so doing, he aims to weave themes or stories through each work and offer more than rhythmic showmanship. His latest project, “What it’s Like to be Human,” follows suit ... As a beam of cool light shines on the backs of each dancer, one by one, each performs a markedly individualized solo playing to the strengths of these women – who, by the way, are some of our fair city’s strongest from among the tap field."
-Lauren Warnecke, SeeChicagoDance.com
*read the full review here*
What It's Like To Be Human (V.1), Athenaeum Theatre, November 16-20, 2018
What It's Like To Be Human (V.2), Links Hall, April 18-19, 2019
What It's Like To Be Human (V2.5), IndyFringe Theatre, August 21-25, 2019
What It's Like To Be Human (V.3), Athenaeum Theatre, November 2019
The Great Gig In The Sky/Btreathe/Lon Cheney Tribute - Excerpts from
'What It's Like To Be Human', performed at the Rhythm World Tap Dance Festival.
What It's Like To Be Human (V.4) is scheduled to premiere as part of the Chicago Dance Month in April of 2020 (venue TBD) and What It's Like To Be Human (V.5) is set to be performed as part of the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World Tap Dance Festival at the historic Irish-American Heritage Center, in conjunction with Tapman Productions being a 2019-2020 Artist-In-Residence at the American Rhythm Center.