Chicago Film Archives and the Black Cinema House are pleased to present NO MAPS ON MY TAPS on Friday, July 10th at 7200 South Kimbark. With musical direction by Lionel Hampton, this spirited 1978 film offers up an indigenous American dance form (and its history) by showcasing the footwork of Sandman Sims, Chuck Green and Bunny Briggs. Rare 1930s Hollywood and Harlem clips document the earliest incarnations of Tap that inspired these three legendary hoofers. This film is an extremely intimate backstage, back alley tour that brings us inside the lives of these three Tap giants. Competitive riffing using individual dance styles recalls jazz (the undeniable sister art form) and the fancy footwork found in the ring. This is their “last hoorah” and by inference the waning days of this intricate dance form.
But wait! To bring this vibrant dance form into the here and now, we are thrilled that Chicago tap masters Reggio the Hoofer and Bril Barrett of M.A.D.D. Rhythms will join us after the screening to discuss Chicago’s own past and present landscape of percussive dance. Jenai Cutcher West, Project Director of Chicago Dance History Project, will lead this discussion, prying open Chicago’s little-known history of tap artistry.
This program will be preceded by two folkloric shorts: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears (10 min.) and Kuumba (8 min.)