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Tharp Trio

May 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York

Tharp Trio

Few choreographers have had as profound an impact on American dance as Twyla Tharp. In these three astounding one acts, classical ballet mixes with modern forms, demonstrating Tharp’s mastery of movement. This breadth of style is supported by the melodies of Brahms and Haydn, the chill vibes of 1960s beach rock, and the compelling modern aesthetic of Philip Glass.

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The Brahms-Haydn Variations

Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Music by Johannes Brahms, Franz Joseph Haydn
Costumes by Santo Loquasto
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton

Running Time: 21 minutes

Exhilarating with high energy and bravura steps, this ABT commission features thirty dancers powerfully immersed in choreographic counterpoint that fills the stage with activity, refracted and multiplied as in a kaleidoscope. Performed to one of Brahms’s personal favorites, Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Orchestra, Tharp’s inventive work reaches a new peak of the choreographer’s opus for large-cast classical ballets.

Deuce Coupe

Choreography by Twyla Tharp
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

In the Upper Room

Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Staged by Shelley Washington
with Nancy Raffa
Music by Philip Glass
Original Costume Design by Norma Kamali
Lighting Originally by Jennifer Tipton

Running Time: 39 minutes

A ballet in nine parts, In the Upper Room is one of ABT’s most impressive performances. Tharp’s choreography calls for both raw power and extreme grace. Bold kinetic movements blend with Philip Glass’s propelling score, creating a transcendent experience for both audience and dancers.