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PROGRAM NOTES: Twyla Tharp Dance


Premièred 1976 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Costumes: Santo Loquasto

Lighting: Jennifer Tipton

Music recorded by:

The Hired Hands,

The Kessinger Brothers,

The Skillet Lickers, Charlie Poole and

the North Carolina Ramblers,

Johnny and Albert Crockett

Dancers: Daniel Baker, Ramona Kelley, Amy Ruggiero, Kaitlyn Gilliland

Texas Quickstep (The Hired Hands)

Fifty Year Ago Waltz (The Hired Hands)

Rat Cheese Under The Hill (The Kessinger Brothers)

Cacklin’ Hen And A Rooster Too (The Skillet Lickers)

Took My Gal A-Walkin’ (Charlie Poole and The North Carolina Ramblers)

Fresno Blues (Johnny and Albert Crockett)

Alabama Jubilee (The Hired Hands)

Approximate Duration: 20 minutes


Premièred 2016 in Saratoga Springs, New York

Performed to String Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130

by Ludwig van Beethoven

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Costumes: Norma Kamali

Lighting: Stephen Terry

Dancers: Matthew Dibble with Kaitlyn Gilliland, Ron Todorowski, Daniel Baker, Ramona Kelley, Amy Ruggiero, Reed Tankersley, Ashlee Dupré

Approximate Duration: 20 minutes


Premièred 1980 in Dayton, Ohio

Performed to Variations on a Theme by Paganini,

Opus 35 by Johannes Brahms

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Costumes: Ralph Lauren

Lighting: Jennifer Tipton

Dancers: Reed Tankersley, Matthew Dibble, Daniel Baker, Ramona Kelley, Amy Ruggiero with Kaitlyn Gilliland

Book I Reed Tankersley
Book II Matthew Dibble, Daniel Baker, Ramona Kelley, Amy Ruggiero with Kaitlyn Gilliland

Approximate Duration: 23 minutes


Executive Director Jesse Huot

Company Manager Alexander Brady

Archivist Rika Okamoto

Administrative Assistant Chelsea Keys

Lighting Supervisor/Production Manager, Stage Manager Stephen Terry

Wardrobe Supervisor Sydney de Briel

Additional thanks to David Kahne, Shelley Washington, Sean Kelleher, Amy Lehman, Joe Mizrahi, Lisa Egan, Twanette Tharp, and Norma Stevens.

Country Dances shoes handcrafted by Capezio

This program was made possible by support from Pathways to Dance and the New York State Council on the Arts.
The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Artist in Residence program helped realize rehearsals of this evening’s repertory.

The Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation thanks Jay Franke and David Herro, Bill and Catherine Miller, Patsy and Jeff Tarr, Stephen and Cathy Weinroth and Vicente Wolf for their generous support with special thanks to Tam O’Shaughnessy for underwriting Twyla Tharp and Three Dances.