When Push Comes to Shove
This original piece fuses tap with one of Ryan's own poems, which describes the fascinatingly paradoxical manner in which Manhattan thrives and makes sense of its own pandemonium. In order to be a part of the city, therefore, one must succumb to the disarray and acknowledge that, although isolating and intimidating, it is the very essence of an urban lifestyle, and because everybody else lives the same way, one is never truly alone. By fusing tap dancing with the performance of his poem, Ryan creates music through two ostensibly dissonant musical ideas. The sounds of the taps and the words of the poem reflect the city’s polyrhythmic nature and attempt to capture its pulse and vibe.