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Deuce Coupe

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Deuce Coupe

Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Staged by Twyla Tharp, Sara Rudner, Kara Chan, Richard Colton, and Shawn Stevens
Music by The Beach Boys
Scenery and Costumes Recreated by Santo Loquasto after original costume design by Scott Barrie and original scenics by United Graffiti Artists
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton


World Premiere

February 8, 1973
The Joffrey Ballet
Twyla Tharp Dance
Auditorium Theater
Chicago, Illinois

ABT Premiere

May 30, 2019
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York


Deuce Coupe is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Robert Joffrey.

Using music recorded by The Beach Boys, Deuce Coupe juxtaposes the ballet vocabulary that has evolved over more than 300 years from simple court dancing with another vocabulary loosely based on contemporary social dances. A ballerina performs an alphabetical but not-so-straightforward rendition of steps from the classical ballet dictionary, beginning with Ailes de pigeon.

“Matrix” I – Ailes de pigeon through Attitude

“Little Deuce Coupe” – Balancé through Ballon

“Honda” I – Balloné battu through Déboulés

“Honda” II – Changement de pieds through Dégagé à la quatrieme devant en l’air

“Devoted to you” – Dégagé en tournant (see: Détourné en l’air, rotation) through Failli

“How She Boogalooed It” – Faux through Manège, en

“Matrix” II – Pas de basque sur les pointes through Pas de chat

“Alley Oop” – Pas de cheval through Répétition

“Take A Load Off Your Feet” – Retiré through Sissonne tombée

“Long Tall Texan” – Six through Suite, de

“Papa Ooh Mau Mau”

“Catch A Wave”

“Got to Know the Woman” – Temps de cuisse through Temps lié

“Matrix” III – Temps lié, grand through Voyage

“Don’t Go Near the Water”

“Matrix” IV

“Mama Says”

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

“Cuddle Up” – The Pas