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The Catherine Wheel

Description

The Catherine Wheel takes its title from a torture device used in the martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. This device has lent its name to a number of familiar things over time - a spinning firework, a crochet pattern, a flower. Tharp’s second Broadway production operates within a world of plurality wherein an archetypal family faces the implosive forces of domestic squabbles and abuse.

Tharp employs another reoccurring symbol with connotations that are at once beautiful and ominous. When one dancer hands another a pineapple, it is both a sign of hospitality and hostility. The shape recalls the Mk2 hand grenades of World War II, nicknamed "pinapple grenades." The dramatic tension builds until it finally explodes in the athletic, pure-dance finale.

Photos

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  • Company dancers silhouetted in performance. ©Martha Swope
  • Young, Colton, Malashock, Rudner, Whitener and Way (in background) in dress rehearsal. ©Martha Swope
  • Whitener, Uchida (obscured), Colton, Kellogg, Kurshals and Washington in dress rehearsal. ©Martha Swope

Video

An excerpt from "Dinosaur," as performed in the BBC production of The Catherine Wheel.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Light Bath
Written by David Byrne
Percussion by John Chernoff
Triggered Flutes by David Byrne

2. His Wife Refused
Written by David Byrne
Vocals, Bass, Guitars by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton
Gung Gong by John Chernoff
Mini Moog and Piano by Bernie Worrell
Steel Drum, Guitar by Adrian Belew

3. Adé
Written by David Byrne and Brian Eno
Bass, Guitar by Brian Eno
Congas by John Chernoff
Guitars by David Byrne

4. Walking
Written by David Byrne and John Chernoff
Bass, Guitar by David Byrne
Percussion by John Chernoff

5. Two Soldiers
Written by David Byrne and Brian Eno
Basses, Guitar, OBX, Primetime by David Byrne
Bass, Piano by Brian Eno
Congas by John Chernoff
Drums by Yogi Horton
Guitars by Adrian Belew

6. Under The Mountain
Written by David Byrne
Beasts by Adrian Belew
Deep Synthesizer by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton

7. Dinosaur
Written by David Byrne
Clavinet, Guitars, Piano, Prophet by David Byrne
Percussion by John Chernoff

8. The Red House
Written by David Byrne
Basses, Guitars, Prophet by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton
Prophet Scream by Brian Eno

9. Wheezing
Written by David Byrne
Basses, Guitars, Prophet Synthesizer, Guitar by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton
End Guitars by Adrian Belew

10. Eggs In A Briar Patch
Written by David Byrne
Bass, Vibes, by Brian Eno
Calvinet by Jerry Harrison
Drums by Yogi Horton
Floating Guitars by Andrew Belew
Guitars, Horses by David Byrne
Gung Chong by John Chernoff

11. Poison
Written by David Byrne
Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Mini Synthesizer, Prophet Strings by David Byrne
Vocals by Dolette McDonald

12. Cloud Chamber
Written by David Byrne
Kitchen Metals by David Byrne
Large Drum by Jerry Harrison
Water Pot by Twyla Tharp

13. Black Flag
Written by David Byrne
Basses, Guitars, Triggered Calliope, Vibes by David Byrne

14. Fall Through The Cracks
Written by David Byrne
Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Percussion, Prophet by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton

15. Combat
Written by David Byrne and John Chernoff
Basses, Guitar, Prophet by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton Piano by John Chernoff
Piano by Bernie Worrell

16. Leg Bells
Written by David Byrne and John Chernoff
Vocals, Floating Guitars, Piano by David Byrne
Percussion by John Chernoff

17. The Blue Flame
Written by David Byrne
Bass, Percussion, Prophet Drone by David Byrne
Nez by Richard Horowitz
Prophet Scream by Brian Eno

18. Big Business
Written by David Byrne and John Chernoff
Vocals, Bass, Fierce and High Guitars by David Byrne
Clavinet by Bernie Worrell
Galloping Guitar by John Chernoff

19. Dense Beasts
Written by David Byrne
Bass, Beasts, Percussion, Piano and
Prophet Bells, Second Organ by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton
First Organ by Jerry Harrison

20. Five Golden Sections
Written by David Byrne
Basses, Guitars, Triggered Calliope, Vibes by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton
Double Belled Euphonium by Douglas Gray
Gung Chong by John Chernoff

21. What a Day That Was
Written by David Byrne
Bass, Guitars, Synthesizers by David Byrne
Drums by John Cooksey
Congas by Steve Scales

22. Big Blue Plymouth
Written by David Byrne
Vocals, Guitars by David Byrne
Vocals by Sue Halloran
Concert Toms, Drums by Yogi Horton

23. Light Bath
Written by David Byrne
Percussion by John Chernoff
Triggered Flutes by David Byrne

Recording Studios
Celestial Studios:    
Julie Last, Engineer; Cheryl Smith, Assistant Engineer
Olympic Sound (London):    
Doug Wheeler, Engineer
Blank Tapes:    
Butch Jones, Engineer

Other Music Credits: 

His Wife Refused
By David Byrne

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
September 22, 1981
Notes:

Premiere performance
Additional performances on September 23 & 30, October 1-2, 7-9 & 14-16, 1981