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After All

Description

Shortly after winning the ‘76 Olympic Gold Medal, ice skater John Curry commissioned Tharp to create After All, an ice dance that explores the weight and rhythm shifts possible in dance, yet unexplored in competitive figure skating.

In the first section, the skating mirrors the musical embellishments in Albinoni’s Baroque concerto but holds fast to the compulsory school figures, now no longer judged in competition. The final action of the piece is a long, gliding balance. With a single push on one skate, Curry coasts around the entire perimeter of the rink. He arrives at the center of the ice just as the momentum dissipates and the final note diminishes.

Photos

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  • Curry in performance. ©Johan Elbers
  • Tharp and Curry during a rehearsal at Madison Square Garden. ©Johan Elbers

Video

Curry in excerpts from "I. Grave" and "II. Allegro."
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Music

Music Program:

Sonata no. 11 in B minor: Concerto Saint Marc
Composed by Tomaso Albinoni

Audio Sample: 

I. Grave
Composed by Tomaso Albinoni

Performance History

John Curry
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
November 15, 1976
Notes:

Premiere performance

John Curry
Felt Forum, New York, NY
November 21, 1978
Notes:

Additional performances during the two-week run of John Curry's Ice Dancing.

John Curry
Minskoff Theatre, New York, NY
December 19, 1978
Notes:

Additional performances during the two-week run of John Curry's Ice Dancing on Broadway.

John Curry
November 1, 1980
Notes:

Included in John Curry's Ice Dancing television special.

Chelsea Piers, New York, NY
November 11, 2007