Tri Tone Productions was founded by Tasha Lawson in 2008 in pursuit of both preserving historical works and developing new creations, while paying tribute to the Masters of Tap using the languages of Rhythm Tap, Body Percussion and Contemporary/Creative Movement.
Tri-Tone offers workshops, guest classes and choreographic commissions by artistic Director Tasha Lawson in the mediums of Rhythm Tap, Body Music and Contemporary Dance. We also frequently feature solo and ensemble stage performances composed of works in Tap and Body percussion and Movement.
The Tri-Tone Body Rhythms Quintet premiered a new Body Percussion work entitled, “Playin’ with Chance”, a tribute to the late Charles “Honi” Coles and Cholly Atkins in Austin, Texas, June 2009, receiving a much appreciated standing ovation. The company debuted a new technique pioneered by Tri-Tone artistic director Tasha Lawson which translates tap vocabulary and rudiments of historical tap works into body percussion vocabulary and rudiments.
The first annual Tri-Tone Body Rhythms Education Intensive was, held in Vancouver, Canada, June 22nd through June 28th, connecting artists from a multitude of disciplines including actors, musicians and dancers through the universal language of Rhythm. Classes were offered in Rhythm Tap, Working with Live Musicians and Body Percussion, culminating in a live performance at the Greedy Pig Jazz Club June 27th.
Tri-Tone Outreach projects to date include:
Elza Calvacante – Annapolis, Brazil, children through adult programming – November, 2008
Horizonte, Brazil – Community Outreach with Valeria Pinheiro, volunteer arts education for children within a developing community – October, 2008
Artist in Residence with Third Coast Rhythm Project’s Youth Outreach programming in partnership with City of San Antonio Parks and recreation program. Body percussion and Creative Movement with 235 children- San Antonio, Texas – July 2009
Tri-Tone Workshops and Choreographic Commissions include:
Body Rhythms workshop for Cirque Du Soleil Cast members – Las Vegas, Nevada
Artist In Residence- The Legacy Tap dancers- Boston Mass.
Artist in Residence – Capilano University – Tap, Jazz, Composition and Body Percussion for Musical Theatre majors – Vancouver, B.C. Canada