Works
 

"66"

Description

Taking its name from the famous highway, “66” is an intentionally kitschy portrait of America and its driving culture. The choreography is lighthearted and athletic. Caricatures of roadside personalities – a trio of mechanics, young lovers from a small town – cavort with a dancer encased in a foam Pirelli tire.   

In 1996, after nearly ten years of freelance choreography, Tharp put together a new company of dancers. “66” was one of the first three works she created for them. 

Photos

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    Mahoney and Pachciarz (in tire) in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian
  • Stahl and Robinson in performance. ©Johan Elbers
  • Company dancers perform. ©Jack Vartoogian
  • Toshiko Oiwa and company dancers perform. ©Johan Elbers
  • Stahl and Robinson in performance. ©Johan Elbers

Video

Company dancers in an excerpt from "Ain't That a Kick in the Head."
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Music

Music Program:

"Bachelor-pad music by Esquivel and others"

1. Gay Spirits
Written and Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra
From the album "Holiday For Strings"
Released by Capitol Records - 1967

2. Powerhouse
Composed by Raymond Scott
Released by Warner Bros - 1937

3. Sexe
by Line Renaud
From the album "Au Casino de Paris Dans Plaisirs"
Released by Pathé - 1959

4. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Composed by Nat Simon
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by The Four Lads
Released as a single by Columbia Records - 1953

5. You’re the Top
By Cole Porter
From the film "Anything Goes" - 1943

6. Foolin’ Around
Written by Juan Garcia Esquivel
Performed by Esquivel and His Orchestra
From the album Strings Aflame
Released by RCA/Victor - 1959

7. Spring, Sprang, Sprung
Written by Jack Fascinato and K. Snyder
Performed by Jack Fascinato
From the album "Music From The Surplus Store"
Released by Capitol Records - 1959

8. Satan Takes a Holiday
Written by Larry Clinton - 1973

9. Sleep Walk
Written by Santo Johnny and Ann Farina
Performed by Santo & Johnny
Released as a single by Candian-American Records - 1959

10. Ain't That A Kick In The Head?
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Dean Martin
From the film "Ocean's 11" - 1960

Audio Sample: 

Gay Spirits
Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra

Performance History

Tharp!
September 20, 1996
Notes:

Premiere performances of: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"
Additional performances on September 21-22, 1996

Tharp!
Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
September 27, 1996
Notes:

Additional performance on September 28, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
October 2, 1996
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Shubert Theatre, Chicago, IL
October 9, 1996
Notes:

Additional performances on October 10-12, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
October 29, 1996
Notes:

Additional performances on October 30 - November 2, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
January 7, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on January 8-12, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
January 25, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
January 29, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris, France
July 26, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on July 27-29, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
August 11, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on August 12-13, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 18, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
New York City Center, New York, NY
October 4, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on October 5, 8 & 10-12, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Teatro Albéniz, Madrid, Spain
November 4, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on November 5-8, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Grande Auditorio, Lisbon, Portugal
November 10, 1997
Notes:

Additional performance on November 11, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
January 20, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on January 22-23, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
February 28, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on March 1, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT
March 20, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on March 21, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Kallang Theatre, Singapore
June 7, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Municipal House, Prague, Czech Republic
June 24, 1998
Notes:

Additional perfromance on June 25, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
August 4, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on August 5-8, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

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