Works
 

After 'Suite'

Description

The title After 'Suite' refers to Merce Cunningham's Suite For Five In Space And Time (1953). In response to Cunningham’s chance operations and random, unpredictable performances, Tharp wanted to create a work with similarly complex spatial arrangements and movement patterns, but that could be replicated exactly. She meticulously mapped out directional movement paths in detailed two-dimensional notations on tracing paper. The actions were scored in one-second increments and the dancers learned and performed the movements verbatim.

  

  

Pages 14, 16, 19 and 20 of 166 of Tharp's original notes. 

Photos

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  • Tharp and Figueroa in performance. ©Jack Mitchell
  • Tupling, Tharp and Figueroa in performance. ©Jack Mitchell  
  • Tupling, Tharp and Raj in performance. ©Jack Mitchell
  • After Suite
    Tharp, Rudner, Dickinson, Raj, Tupling, Figueroa and Wright in performance. ©Jack Mitchell

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Billy Rose Theater, New York, NY
February 3, 1969
Notes:

Additional performance on February 5, 1969
Works on this program: After 'Suite' (premiere), Disperse, Excess, Idle, Surplus

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
University of Albany, Albany, NY
April 17, 1969
Notes:

Works on this program: After 'Suite', Re-Moves

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
November 11, 1969
Notes:

Works on this program: Dancing in the Streets... (premiere) included excerpts from Tank Dive, Disperse, Group Activities, Generation, After 'Suite', Medley

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
January 22, 1970
Notes:

Works on this program: Dancing in the Streets... included excerpts from: Tank Dive, Disperse, Group Activities, Generation, After 'Suite', Medley