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In the Upper Room

David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York

Stella Abrera and Gillian Murphy in In The Upper Room. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor.
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In the Upper Room

Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Staged by Shelley Washington
with Nancy Raffa
Music by Philip Glass
Costumes by Norma Kamali
Lighting 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.

"...nothing short of heavenly."

- Elizabeth Zimmer, Metro Newspaper

"...the battle between athletics and artistry is played out with terrific fun."

- Debra Craine, The Times

"...Tharp's witty give and take between ballet and modern dance..."

- Village Voice