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Cede Blue Lake

Description

The title Cede Blue Lake refers to the Taos Pueblo struggle to reclaim the lands at Blue Lake, New Mexico from the US Government. The costume design reflects the silhouette of the Pueblo kachina dolls. Tharp integrated the design with her continuing interest in geometry by peeling a strip of tape off the costume to reveal a spiral, a Native American symbol for water.


Taos Pueblo Kachina dolls

Tharp was introduced to kachinas while studying with Martha Graham in the 1960's. Graham owned a collection of kachina dolls that she displayed in her studios on East 63rd Street in New York City. 

Photos

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  • Tharp rehearses at Hunter College. ©Robert Barry
  • Announcement for the premiere of Cede Blue Lake. ©Twyla Tharp

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
December 1, 1965
Notes:

Additional performances December 2 & 3, 1965
Works on this program: Cede Blue Lake (premiere), Unprocessed (premiere)

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
March 3, 1967
Notes:

Additional performance on March 4, 1967
Works on this program: Cede Blue Lake, Twelve Foot Change, Jam, One, Two, Three, Re-Moves

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
London School for Contemporary Dance, London, United Kingdom
March 6, 1967
Notes:

Additional performance on March 9, 1967
Works on this program: Cede Blue Lake, Unprocessed, Re-Moves

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
July 1, 1967
Notes:

Additional performances July 2 & 3, 1967
Works on this program: One, Two Three, Yancey Dance (premiere), Jam, Cede Blue Lake