JOOKIN’ (jook·in): A street dance style that emerged from Memphis, TN. Identified by its extremely intricate footwork and propensity for improvisation, seen by many as a descendant of hip-hop and jazz, with elements of ballet and modern dance.
Memphis jookin’ phenomenon Lil Buck came to international attention when ballet star turned director Damian Woetzel paired the young dancer with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The performance, captured on video by Spike Jonze, went viral, garnering over 2.9 million views. Named one of Dance magazine’s 25 to Watch, Lil Buck has gone on to perform with New York City Ballet and in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One, the Spike Jonze film Her, Benjamin Millepied’s NOWNESS videos, and in a series of unique performances created by Damian Woetzel. Here, he collaborates again with Woetzel, joined by tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and sheng player Wu Tong.
This performance is presented in collaboration with The Art of Cool Project.
The April 15 performance is sponsored by Paula Davis Noell and Palmer Page. The April 16 performance is sponsored by Wyndham Robertson.