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Krannert Center Events: 2022-2023 Season

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Direct from Memphis, Tennessee, where a local street dance became an international phenomenon.

Renowned dance artist Lil’ Buck created Memphis Jookin’ the Show Powered by Nike to tell the story of the singular dance style known as Memphis Jookin’ and showcase the exceptional talents of Jookin’ dancers. Co-written by Ameenah Kaplan and Malcolm Barrett, Memphis Jookin’ the Show Powered by Nike is a metaphor for the evolution and history of Memphis Jookin’ told through the lives of fictional characters. A young aspiring film maker, JJ, is front and center for the ups-and-downs of the burgeoning international dance movement known as Memphis Jookin'. Through the lens of JJ’s camera, we witness the community of Memphis Jookin’ through their joys, battles, struggles, and successes. 

The production starring Lil’ Buck and directed by Amy “Catfox” Campion, features 12 Memphis Jookin’ dancers performing to a soundtrack by the Mulherin Brothers and Young Jai that evokes the energy of the streets and clubs where Memphis Jookin’ was born. Marico “DrRico” Flake, Terran Noir Gary, and Lil’ Buck create choreography in collaboration with cast members that shines with signature Memphis Jookin’ movements artfully crafted into the narrative. Memphis Jookin’ the Show Powered by Nike launched in 2022, receiving standing ovations at every theater from Memphis to Berkeley. 

Tuesday, March 7th 2023 at 7:30pm in the Tyron Festival Theatre

See the Krannert Center website for more details and to purchase tickets.

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