Works
 

Country Dances

Description

Country Dances continuously shifts between duets, trios and a quartet; the dancers cut in, hand each other off and do-si-do through energetic partnering and square dance adaptations. The colorful silk costumes are inlaid with quilted squares, reminiscent of America’s rural spirit. The piece closes with a final quartet that illustrates the camaraderie that has developed between the dancers.         

Country Dances was choreographed for the PBS special Making Television Dance, though it was performed live before the program aired in 1977.  

Photos

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  • Country Dances
    Rawe and Way perform during the taping of Making Television Dance in 1977. ©Herbert Migdoll
  • Country Dances
    Way, Rawe, Washington and Uchida in a 1978 performance. ©Lois Greenfield
  • Country Dances
    Way, Uchida, Rawe and Washington in a 1978 performance. © Lois Greenfield

Video

Uchida, Way, Washington and Rawe perform "Alabama Jubilee."
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Music

Music Program:

1. Texas Quickstep
By The Hired Hands

2. Fifty Year Ago Waltz
By The Hired Hands

3. Rat Cheese Under the Hill
By The Kessinger Brothers

4. Cacklin’ Hen and Rooster Too
By The Skillet Lickers
From the Album Vol. 1, County 506 – date unknown

5. Took My Gal A-Walkin’
By Charlie Poole and The North Carolina Ramblers
Recorded by Columbia Records – 1928/07/23

6. Fresno Blues
By Johnny and Albert Crockett
From County 512

7. Alabama Jubilee
Written by Jack Yellen and George L. Cobb – 1915
Performed by The Hired Hands

Audio Sample: 

Alabama Jubilee
Performed by The Hired Hands

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 4, 1976
Notes:

Additional performance on September 6, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances (premiere), The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 6, 1976
Notes:

Additional performances on September 7 & 8, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances, From Hither and Yon (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
September 11, 1976
Notes:

Additional performances on September 12-14, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances, The FugueFrom Hither and Yon

Twyla Tharp Dance
October 2, 1976
Notes:

Works on this program: Country Dances, From Hither and Yon, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
October 3, 1976
Notes:

Works on this program: Country Dances, The FugueEight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 13, 1977
Notes:

Additional performances on May 14 & 15, 1977
Works on this program: Country Dances, Cacklin' Hen, The One Hundreds, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
July 25, 1977
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
August 2, 1977
Notes:

Additional performances on August 3-6, 1977
Works on this program: Country Dances, The Fugue, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Bushnell, Hartford, CT
February 3, 1979
Notes:

Works on this program: Baker's Dozen (preview), 1903, Country Dances, Cacklin' Hen, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 16, 1979
Notes:

Additional performances on February 16 & 24-25, 1979
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, Country Dances, Cacklin' Hen, 1903, 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

Joyce SoHo, New York, NY
July 20, 2006
Notes:

Additional performances on July 21-23, 2006

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.