Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Center 8 - 9 May 2015

The show that has been hailed as the ‘next big thing to hit the stage’, BPM – beatsperminute intertwines tap, vocals, bass, guitar and drums, layering live rhythms to invent a new interpretation of the art of tap.

With an original score of percussive jazz through to funk, rock and rap, the performance features a unique full body style of smooth, sophisticated tap. Performing in and around the audience in the intimacy of The Joan’s Q Theatre, BPM – beatsperminute makes audience interaction impossible to resist.

This sizzling show, which has toured internationally and enjoyed sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House, was created by Nathan Sheens, an original cast member, dance director and lead performer in the highly acclaimed and much-loved Tap Dogs. The uber-talented Sheens also worked on the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony choreography with Dein Perry and starred in the original Australian cast of Billy Elliott.

Sheens, along with dynamic performer and choreographer Glyn Gray - who appeared as a featured dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s movie Moulin Rouge - and established Australian musician Brett Canning (Missy Higgins, Ross Wilson, Ben Lee, Pete Murray, The Waifs), has created an electrifying fusion of physicality, pulsating beats and energetic sounds that will be sure to set hearts racing this May at The Joan.

“Music and dance are tightly interwoven to an invigorating whole… captivated an audience of subteens to grandmas.” Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald
“BPM, it’s a heart-starter.” Kate Herbert, Herald Sun
“A breath of fresh, very cool, air… could easily work in New York or London” Catherine Lambert, Sunday Herald

Original music by Brett Canning & Glyn Gray
Created by Nathan Sheens & Glyn Gray
Musical Director Brett Canning
Directed by Nathan Sheens
Choreographed by Glyn Gray Nathan Sheens

Single tickets are $45 or $40 concession, or can be purchased as part of a subscription for greater savings. The Joan is offering a matinee performance on 8 May at 10.30am, which is also open to schools and has a special $30 senior’s ticket price.

To book call our Box Office on 4723-7600 or online at www.thejoan.com.au

GROOVE APPROVED
...fast-paced, clever, contemporary hour that blends percussive rhythms, music, dance and songs.
Kate Herbert, Herald Sun