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Brahms Paganini

Description

Brahms Paganini is set to both books of Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Paganini,” a virtuosic composition for solo piano.

A male dancer performs the entire first book of variations alone. Rapid turns and large jumps explode out of quick weight shifts. In Tharp’s style of easy virtuosity, he slides expertly from one variation to the next.

The second book is danced by a quartet. The movement is infused with athletic dynamism that pushes the dancers' strength and determination. A female soloist intersperses the powerful partnering with echoes of the preceding section.

Brahms Paganini is a tour de force for both the dancers and pianist, requiring the highest levels of technical proficiency and stamina.

Photos

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  • Freydont, Carrafa, Washington and Kurshals in a promotional photo. ©Jack Mitchell
  • William Whitener performs "Book I." ©Martha Swope  

Video

William Whitener in an excerpt from "Book I"; Carrafa, Washington, Freydont and Kurshals in "Book II."
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Music

Music Program:

Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Opus 35 (Books I & II)
Composed By Johannes Brahms

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victory Theatre, Dayton, OH
February 8, 1980
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Additional performance on February 8, 1980
Works on this program: Ocean's Motion, Brahms Paganini (premiere), Deuce Coupe III (premiere)

Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
March 25, 1980
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Additional performances on April 2-4 & 12, 1980
Works on this program: Ocean's Motion, Brahms Paganini, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
July 28, 1980
Notes:

Additional performances on July 30 & August 1, 1980
Works on this program: Country Dances, Brahms Paganini, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Murray Theater at Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 27, 1980
Notes:

Additional performances on August 29 & 31, 1980
Works on this program: The Rags Suite, Short Stories (premiere), The Fugue, Brahms Paganini

Twyla Tharp Dance
Festival van Vlaanderen, Ghent, Belgium
September 30, 1980
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Nazionale, Milan, Italy
October 16, 1980
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Additional performances October 17-19, 1980
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, Short Stories, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victory Theatre, Dayton, OH
February 28, 1981
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
September 25, 1981
Notes:

Additional performances on September 26 & 29, October 3-4, 10, 13 & 17, 1981
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, Uncle Edgar Dyed His Hair Red, The Fugue, Deuce Coupe III

Twyla Tharp Dance
Louisville, KY
January 26, 1985
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Twyla Tharp Dance
The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
February 6, 1985
Notes:

Additional performances on February 7 & 8, 1985
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Palais Garnier, Paris, France
October 13, 1993
Notes:

Additional performance on October 15, 1993
Works on this program: Sextet, Baker's Dozen, Brahms Paganini

Twyla Tharp Dance
Palais Garnier, Paris, France
October 15, 1993
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
Tanz '94, Vienna, Austria
February 24, 1994
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Twyla Tharp Dance
Orpheum Theater, Tannersville, NY
April 16, 2016
Notes:
Works in progress showing of COUNTRY DANCES, BRAHMS PAGANINI, and new work set to Beethoven Opus 130. Performance at 7:30pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Verdi, Florence, Italy
June 21, 2016
Notes:
Performance is at 8:45pm. Also on the program is a new work being shown as a preview, BEETHOVEN OPUS 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
Palazzo Mauro de André, Ravenna, Italy
June 24, 2016
Notes:
Performance is at 9:30pm. Also on the program is a preview of BEETHOVEN OPUS 130 (2016).
Twyla Tharp Dance
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
June 30, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 8:00pm. Also on the program the premiere of a new work set to Beethoven's Opus 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
July 2, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 8:00pm. Also on the program is a new work set to Beethoven's Opus 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
The Joyce Theater, New York, NY
July 11, 2016
Notes:
Additional performances run from July 11-23. Also on the program is a new work set to Beethoven's Opus 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
The Joyce Theater, New York, NY
July 19, 2016
Notes:
Additional performances run from July 11-23. Also on the program is a new work set to Beethoven's Opus 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
The Joyce, New York, NY
July 20, 2016
Notes:
Additional performances run from July 11-23. Also on the program is a new work set to Beethoven's Opus 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
The Joyce, New York, NY
July 21, 2016
Notes:
Additional performances run from July 11-23. Also on the program is a new work set to Beethoven's Opus 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
The Joyce, New York, NY
July 22, 2016
Notes:
Additional performances run from July 11-23. Also on the program is a new work set to Beethoven's Opus 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
The Joyce, New York, NY
July 23, 2016
Notes:
Additional performances run from July 11-23. Also on the program is a new work set to Beethoven's Opus 130.
Twyla Tharp Dance
Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
October 7, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 8:00pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
October 9, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 7:00pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
October 11, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 7:00pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
Sunset Center, Carmel, CA
October 14, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 8:00pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
Christopher Cohan Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
October 18, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 7:30pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
Harris Center, Folsom, CA
October 20, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 7:30pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
La Jolla Music Society, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
October 22, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 8:00pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
Lied Center, Lincoln, NE
October 25, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 7:30pm.
Twyla Tharp Dance
Tilles Center, Greenvale, NY
November 12, 2016
Notes:
Performance at 8:00pm.