Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis

Single tickets on sale Friday, August 24 at 10:00 am. 

“The duo evoked not only how animals move but how they interact, most strikingly in the finale, “Bees Bees Bees,” in which their fleet, floor-skimming steps and the orchestra’s exuberant buzzing worked together like one great colony.”  NEW YORK TIMES

Wynton Marsalis’s Spaces combines modern dance with big band jazz in a playful and wildly entertaining exploration of the animal kingdom. Performed for the first time (to sold-out crowds) in 2016, Wynton Marsalis’ new dance suite for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is visually captivating. Marsalis and the orchestra are joined by the Astaire Award winning tapper Jared Grimes and the ground breaking ‘jooker’ Lil Buck, leaping, sliding, flipping, and tap dancing across the stage. Each of Spaces’ ten movements corresponds to a different animal, from “King Lion” to “Bees, Bees, Bees,” offering a dazzling array of sights and sounds that express the diversity, humor, and quirky majesty found in nature. The same two singular dance geniuses from the Spaces premiere—Lil Buck and Jared Grimes—reprise their roles, leaping, sliding, flipping, and tap dancing across the stage.

Lil Buck is a groundbreaking young dancer who has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Madonna, the New York City Ballet, and Cirque du Soleil. Jared Grimes is a versatile tap dancer who has won the Astaire Award, choreographed for multiple Broadway shows and Cirque Du Soleil, and performed internationally with artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis and Gregory Hines to Mariah Carey and The Roots.

Damian Woetzel, choreographer and retired Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, returns as director and choreographic consultant, seamlessly integrating the dance with Marsalis’ musical compositions. Spaces is a one-of-a-kind collaboration that is both an ode to the glory of nature and an extraordinary display of human achievement.