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Disperse

Description

The idea for Disperse came from the "Dichotomy Paradox" of the Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea, which claims that any finite distance can never be subdivided to the point of zero, thereby making a point of origin impossible. Tharp creates a centrifuge with whip-turn fouettés in full revolution– a further evolution of the locomotive fouettés in One, Two, Three

Keeping in mind that beginnings are more elusive and endings more concrete as stated in Zeno's paradox, the dance concludes with smashing a neon pink chair – signifying the ultimate destruction or, philosophically, the impossible zero. 

  

  
Original choreographic notes (4 out of 15)

Photos

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  • Dickinson and Tupling perform at Wagner College in 1968.  ©Robert Propper
  • From back to front: Rudner, Tupling, Tharp and Dickinson perform at Wagner College in 1968.  ©Robert Propper

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
April 27, 1967
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Premiere performance

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
July 6, 1967
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Works on this program: Disperse, Yancey Dance, Jam, One, Two, Three, Three Page Sonata for Four (premiere)

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
East Hampton High School, East Hampton, NY
August 26, 1967
Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Southampton High School, Southampton, NY
August 27, 1967
Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Wagner College Gymnasium, Staten Island, NY
February 9, 1968
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Works on this program: Disperse, Generation (premiere), One Way (premiere), Forevermore (premiere)

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
The Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
January 13, 1969
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Works on this program: Group Activities (premiere), Disperse, Excess, Idle, Surplus

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Billy Rose Theater, New York, NY
February 3, 1969
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Additional performance on February 5, 1969
Works on this program: After 'Suite' (premiere), Disperse, Excess, Idle, Surplus

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
November 11, 1969
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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
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Works on this program: Dancing in the Streets... included excerpts from: Tank Dive, Disperse, Group Activities, Generation, After 'Suite', Medley

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 6, 1976
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Additional performances on September 7 & 8, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances, From Hither and Yon (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 12, 1977
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Additional performance on May 19, 1977
Works on this program:  The Hodge Podge (premiere), Mud (premiere), The Bix Pieces