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The New York Times

““More Forever” is a true conversation between Tao and the dancers, always with a sense of freshness, discovery and collaboration.”

The Berkshire Edge

“One of the brightest lights in tap today.”

The New Yorker

“If I could, I’d hear every performance Tao plays.”

San Diego Tribune

“The piece is about the passage of time and the relationships we make with other people, the sadness and beauty of watching people come and go in our lives.” CALEB TEICHER

Caleb Teicher & Company collaborates with pianist Conrad Tao to create More Forever, a stunning and sensitive evening-length work that blurs the lines between movement and music. Set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics with dancers on a custom-built sandbox stage, dancers explore the unique sonic potential of sand-dancing using such American dance traditions as Tap, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. The piece, described as humorous and sentimental, whimsical and heartbreaking, brings the excitement of percussive dance and contemporary music into full-scale collaboration.

CALEB TEICHER, described by The New Yorker as “one of the brightest lights in tap today” was a Bessie Award–winning member of Michelle Dorrance’s company, before going on to found his own company CT & Co in 2015. Since then, he’s presented at high-profile venues like The Joyce and Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out stage, and last year he was commissioned by New York City Center’s popular Fall for Dance festival. Teicher’s artistic reach has expanded to commissions from Works & Process at the Guggenheim, New York City Center, and The Joyce Theater, as well as several engagements with symphony orchestras (including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center), and many national and international touring engagements with the company’s repertoire.

CONRAD TAO has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. Tao is both a recipient of a prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant, and a Gilmore Young Artist. His 18-19 season opened with the World Premiere of his composition, Everything Must Go, commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic. He also makes his performance debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Dudamel, the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, and the Cleveland Orchestra under Jahja Ling. In Europe he returns to the Swedish Radio Symphony under Susanna Mälkki and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Antonio Pappano.