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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.