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Following a six-night, sold out run at the Joyce Theater this fall, Ayodele Casel is delighted to invite friends, fans, and folks of all flavors to share an evening of “Chasing Magic” with her and her Guest Artists. Ayodele promises great tap dancing, great music, and some surprises, too. Come on out, warm up, and enjoy the magic of one of the most talented performers on the planet.
One of The New York Times' "Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019," Ayodele Casel, “a tap dancer of fine-grained musicianship” (The New Yorker), has been named a 2019-2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University where she will be writing her next theatrical work. Ayodele recently collaborated with legendary Latin jazz composer Arturo O'Farrill premiering a show at The Joyce Theater to sold out audiences and "making a triumphant debut as a leader there" (The New York Times) in September of 2019. The 2017 recipient of the “Hoofer Award,” Ayodele premiered her one-woman show While I Have The Floor at the Spoleto Arts Festival with rave reviews. Her work is rooted in the expression of identity, culture, language, and communication. A frequent New York City Center collaborator, she was selected to create an interactive performance engaging NYC communities for their On The Move five borough tour. Hailed by the legendary Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” Casel has become an internationally sought- after artist and powerful voice for the art form.
"Casel... is an ebullient performer, so full of life that for a little not to rub off on her audience is inconceivable.” - Gia Kourlas, American Theater Magazine
“Ayodele is one of the best tap dancers in the world - A phenomenal performer who just blasts onto the stage like a cannon.” - Jeanine Tesori
“A tap dancer of fine-grained musicianship… Dancing or talking, she’s a grounded charmer.” - Brian Seibert