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Americans We

Description

During a residency at the Kennedy Center in 1994, Tharp began work on a series of phrases that later evolved into Americans We, a work for American Ballet Theatre.

The choreography is quick and lively. Tharp’s distinctive combination of folk, popular and classical forms is decidedly American – a melting pot of movement. The music, rooted in the works of songwriter Stephen Foster, infuses the ballet with the nineteenth century nationalism of the pre-Civil War era.

Photos

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  • Americans We
    Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella in a publicity photo for the 1996 restaging. ©Roy Round
  • Americans We
    Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella in a publicity photo for the 1996 restaging. ©Roy Round  

Video

Members of Twyla Tharp Dance in an early version of Americans We, followed by an excerpt featuring members of American Ballet Theatre. 
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Music

Music Program:

"Suite of Nineteenth Century American Favorites"

1. Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms: Traditional

2. Circus Bee, Rolling Thunder
Composed by Henry Filmore

3. Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
Composed by Stephen Foster

4. The Old Folks Quadrille
Composed by Stephen Foster

5. The Glendy Burk
Composed by Stephen Foster

6. Hard Times, Come Again No More
Composed by Stephen Foster

7. Moto Perpetuo, Opus 11
Composed by Niccolo Paganini

8. Americans We
Composed by Henry Filmore

Performance History

Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
May 1, 1995
Notes:

Additional performances during the Spring 1995 season
Works on this program: Americans We (premiere), How Near Heaven, Jump Start (premiere)

Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
May 3, 1996
Notes:

Additional performance on May 4, 1996
Works on this program: The Elements (premiere), How Near Heaven, Americans We