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"ONE HOUR WITH BILLY SIEGENFELD AND JUMP RHYTHM WILL NOT ONLY CHANGE THE WAY YOU VIEW THE WORLD, IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF. BILLY CAN GET A STONE TO DANCE WITH A FULL SPIRIT."

JEANNE HERRICK, SENIOR LECTURER, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

before-wedgePREVIEW: Jimmie Blues…

PREVIEW: Jimmie Blues…

I recently had the opportunity to see Billy Siegenfeld and Jordan Batta perform a “workshop showing” of their upcoming show “Jimmy Blues and the case of the accidental dancer”. This show takes one on an incredible adventure through the human condition.The story they tell is a human one, a story full of the struggles to be oneself and the difficulties one has in being ok with who one is, and who one wants to be. Both Billy and Jordan’s characters share parallel stories of self-discovery and acceptance of that discovery of who they are. This is both familiar and refreshingly new in the ways they found to express this in their dialogue and movement. I found myself laughing, getting empathetically angry alongside them, and finally finding peace and acceptance with them in their journey.

Jimmie Blues and The Strange Case of the Accidental DancerThroughout the journey I was given a look at the unique struggles one has in this process, not only through dialogue but also through movement. Jordan and Billy are both embodiments of this struggle as they argue, converse, thrash, scratch, and blurt their way to a place of accepting who they are. It is through this process they also learn what it means to connect with another human being, in a deeper way.

I found the entire experience to be a thrilling roller coaster of emotion as I was drawn into their story that so accurately reflects that of my own, and I believe that of everyone who is human.

If you have the opportunity to see their show please do so, as it is quite a ride!


Jimmie Blues

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The Strange Case of the Accidental Dancer

A new play with music and dance
Written and Choreographed by Billy Siegenfeld
Directed by Shawn Douglass

Film noir meets life’s eternal puzzle: know thyself. No easy job. Unless you’re private detective Jimmie Blues — who knows how to be himself since he knows how to be by himself. But things get dicey one night when Margie Rizzabolli walks into his office. She’s desperate to find a Missing Person. When Jimmie takes the case, the two of them just might solve mysteries neither expected to face.

August 12-14 at 7:00pm
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago

For tickets: call 773.281.0824 or visit linkshall.org


Thanks for reading,

~Peter Hammer

Peter Hammer

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