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Eight Jelly Rolls

Description

Eight Jelly Rolls is Tharp's first work intended for a proscenium stage. Jelly Roll Morton’s original recordings recall the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties as America shook it self loose of stiff European traditions. The comedic timing and slippery flow of movement in the choreography reflects the sense of ease and freedom of the 1920s. Tharp's solo, nicknamed "The Drunk," emphasizes the natural loose-limbed athleticism that became synonymous with her work.

Photos

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  • Cast in a promotional photo costumed in the final design, 1974. ©Tony Russell
  • Rudner in the penultimate costume design. ©Costas
  • The original cast of in the premiere performance.   ©Milton Oleaga

Video

Tharp and dancers in an early performance.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Boogaboo
By Jelly Roll Morton – 1928

2. Shreveport Stomp
By Jelly Roll Morton
Recorded by Gennet Records – 1924

3. Mournful Serenade
By Jelly Roll Morton – 1928

4. Black Bottom Stomp
By Jelly Roll Morton
Recorded by Viktor Records – 1926

5. Smoke House Blues
By Charles Luke
Arranged by Jelly Roll Morton – 1926

6. Strokin’ Away
By Jelly Roll Morton
Recorded by Viktor Records – 1930

7. Blue Blood Blues
By Jelly Roll Morton – 1928

8. If Someone Would Only Love Me
By Jelly Roll Morton
Recorded by Viktor Records – 1930

Audio Sample: 

If Someone Would Only Love Me
By Jelly Roll Morton

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
The Delacorte Theater, New York, NY
September 16, 1971
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Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
November 2, 1971
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Additional performances on November 3-7, 1971
Works on this program: Torelli (premiere), Piano Rolls (premiere), The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA
April 9, 1972
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Works on this program: Torelli, Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
Inner City Theater, Los Angeles, CA
April 15, 1972
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Works on this program: The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls, The One Hundreds

Twyla Tharp Dance
April 22, 1972
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Works on this program: Torelli, Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
May 5, 1972
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Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The One Hundreds

Twyla Tharp Dance
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
January 10, 1974
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Additional performances on January 11 & 12, 1974
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The One Hundreds, The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
Ohio University, Athens, OH
January 16, 1974
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Additional performances on January 17 & 18, 1974
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
January 26, 1974
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Works on this program: In the Beginnings (premiere), The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
January 31, 1974
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Additional performances on February 1 & 2, 1974
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The Fugue, The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
North Shore Community Arts Center, Queens, New York
February 23, 1974
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Twyla Tharp Dance
Williams College, Williamston, MA
March 8, 1974
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Additional performance on March 9, 1974.
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The Bix Pieces, The Fugue, The Raggedy Dances

Twyla Tharp Dance
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
April 5, 1974
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Additional performances on April 6 & 7, 1974.
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The One Hundreds, The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Roundhouse, London, United Kingdom
May 16, 1974
Notes:

Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 5, 1976
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Additional performances on February 6 & 7, 1976
Works on this program: The Rags Suite, Bach Duet, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 12, 1976
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Additional performance on February 13, 1976
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue, The Rags Suite, Bach Duet

Twyla Tharp Dance
March 25, 1976
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Additional performances on March 26 and April 3 & 4, 1976
Works on this program: Give and Take (premiere), Eight Jelly RollsThe Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 9, 1976
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Excerpts presented in a gala for the Performing Arts Research Center and the New York Public Library

Twyla Tharp Dance
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 4, 1976
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Additional performance on September 6, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances (premiere), The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
October 3, 1976
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Works on this program: Country Dances, The FugueEight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
July 29, 1977
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Additional performance on July 30, 1977
Works on this program: Mud, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Bushnell, Hartford, CT
February 3, 1979
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Works on this program: Baker's Dozen (preview), 1903, Country Dances, Cacklin' Hen, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 16, 1979
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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
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
March 29, 1980
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Additional performances on March 31, April 1 & 9-11, 1980
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue, Deuce Coupe III

Twyla Tharp Dance
Festival van Vlaanderen, Ghent, Belgium
September 30, 1980
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Twyla Tharp Dance
October 6, 1980
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Additional performances October 7-12, 1980
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls, Third Suite

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Nazionale, Milan, Italy
October 16, 1980
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Additional performances October 17-19, 1980
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, Short Stories, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victory Theater, Dayton, OH
February 27, 1981
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Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, Third Suite (excerpt), Short Stories, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
October 14, 1982
Twyla Tharp Dance
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
October 16, 1982
Twyla Tharp Dance
November 8, 1983
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Works on this program: The Golden Section (premiere), Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL
February 25, 1984
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Twyla Tharp Dance
Page Auditorium, Durham, NC
July 5, 1984
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Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, Sorrow Floats (premiere), Nine Sinatra Songs

April 2, 2005
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Additional performance on April 3, 2005

El Campanil Theatre, Antioch, CA
April 9, 2005
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Additional performance on April 10, 2005

Yale University, New Haven, CT
April 30, 2011
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Presented during a semester-long workshop

May 21, 2011
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Additional performances on May 22 & 23, 2011

The Boston Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
November 1, 2012