Heather Cornell Legacy Project featuring Max Pollak

  • June 23, 2024
  • 6:30 pm
  • TD Village Stage

With a professional practice spanning over 5 decades, Heather Cornell has had a tremendous impact on shaping the global tap dance community. A leading voice of her generation known as the Tap Renaissance, she co-founded and artistically directed Manhattan Tap - her critically acclaimed international touring company well known for live music collaboration as well as launching the professional careers of many of today’s leading tap artists. Musical collaborators include Keith Terry and Crosspulse, Leon Parker, Lewis Nash, The Harper Brothers, David Leonhardt, David “Fathead” Newman, Clint Houston, Obo Addy, Famoro Diabata, Sylvain Leroux, Pepe Danza, Andy Milne, and most notably, Ray Brown. Heather was the only tap dancer for whom he acted as a musical mentor; he also composed Gumbo Hump for her before writing his 20 minute “Ray’s Tap Suite”, which they premiered together at Lincoln Center in 1997.

Max Pollak (NYC) uses three instruments for his ground-breaking performances. He creates dance with his body, music with his hands and feet, and song with his voice. He takes his ground-breaking, unconventional approach to performing arts across multiple cultures. Recognized worldwide as the first person to merge percussive dance and singing with Afro-Cuban body percussion grooves, Max has performed worldwide with Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Ray Brown, Lila Downs, Pedrito Martinez, Chucho Valdes, Lara St. John, Paquito D'Rivera, and Danilo Perez, to name a few.

Phase One of the Heather Cornell Legacy Project launched in 2024 over three sessions with Dianne Walker in March, Max Pollak in June, and Andy Milne in December. As a culmination of his time with Manhattan Tap, Max was assistant choreographer to Heather during the creation of the Ray Brown Suite. Their upcoming concert at TD Village Stage will be a collection of artistry from both their individual and collective histories.