The New 45

by Richard Siegal


Featuring jazz standards by Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry, with a wink at Benny Goodman and Harry Belafonte, The New 45 is a charming duet not without comical resonance. 

The New 45 flows from one glimpse of life, language and dance to another, breeding enthusiasm onstage and off, though it references both vintage jazz greats and illustrious choreographers, the piece is decidedly novel and refreshing.


  • Choreography: Richard Siegal
  • Lighting Design: Mitchell Bogard
  • Costume Design: Richard Siegal & BODYTRAFFIC
  • Premiere: The Joyce Theater, New York, New York, January 2015

"The New 45 coasts and springs and wriggles along to a medley of ingratiating tunes... the three [dancers] give the impression of showing off for themselves and each other, rather than trying to wow us."

- Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat Arts Journal, January 2015

This work originally premiered in 2008 at The Athens International Dance Festival.

Thank you to The Juilliard School Dance Division, Lawrence Rhodes and Risa Steinberg for helping make this work possible.

Performance Highlights