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Dancing in the Streets of London and Paris, continued in Stockholm, and sometimes Madrid.

Description

Choreographed for public spaces, Dancing in the Streets... reflects a fantasy of art going everywhere and being accessible to everyone. "Part of the premise was 'couldn't life and art be simultaneous?' So we read books, chewed gum, changed clothes and danced." (Twyla Tharp in Twyla Tharp's Scrapbook1983) The spectators were given newspaper-style programs to help guide them through the museum spaces. Closed-circuit television provided a live feed of the performance. Cameras followed the dancers, sending the images to a single viewing area where the audience could watch multiple rooms simultaneously.  

Dancing In The Streets... is the culmination of five years of work. It was performed in conjunction with a retrospective of Tharp's choreography. While the company performed upstairs, a 'B' company performed repertory excerpts from Tank Dive, Disperse, Group Activities, Generation, After 'Suite' and Medley in a basement gallery.  

Photos

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  • Dancing in the Streets...
    Dancers perform on the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1970. ©James Kravitz
  • Dancing in the Streets...
    Tharp and a closed-circuit tv camera in the Wadsworth Atheneum. ©Jim Elliot
  • Dancing in the Streets...
    The dancers perform behind the audience at the Wadsworth Atheneum. ©Jim Elliot  
  • Dancing in the Streets...
    Members of the cast perform at the Wadsworth Atheneum. ©Jim Elliot  
  • Dancing in the Streets...
    The front page of the large, newspaper-style program for the premiere at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  ©Twyla Tharp
  • Dancing in the Streets...
    The back page of the large, newspaper-style program for the premiere at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  ©Twyla Tharp
  • Wright in "The Wall Dance" excerpted from Dancing in the Streets... during a lecture-demonstration at NYU in 1969. ©Michael Fajan
  • Dancing in the Streets...
    The performers push throught the crowd at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1970. ©James Kravitz
  • Dancing in the Streets...
    The cast at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1970. ©James Klosty

Video

An excerpt from 30 minutes of footage recorded at the Wadswoth Atheneum.
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Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
November 11, 1969
Notes:

Works on this program: Dancing in the Streets... (premiere) included excerpts from Tank Dive, Disperse, Group Activities, Generation, After 'Suite', Medley

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
January 22, 1970
Notes:

Works on this program: Dancing in the Streets... included excerpts from: Tank Dive, Disperse, Group Activities, Generation, After 'Suite', Medley

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 12, 1977
Notes:

Additional performance on May 19, 1977
Works on this program:  The Hodge Podge (premiere), Mud (premiere), The Bix Pieces