Grand Pas: Rhythm of the Saints


Patrick Dupond, then artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet, approached Tharp to create a duet for étoile Isabelle Guerin and himself. The music is comprised of excerpts from Paul Simon's album “Rhythm of the Saints.” 

Sections of complex partnering alternate with explosive traveling phrases and idiosyncratic solos. Grand Pas: Rhythm of the Saints is a good-natured display of the artistry and personalities of these consummate dancers.


  • Dupond and Geurin in a publicity photo. ©Twyla Tharp


Guerin and Dupond in the opening section.
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Music Program:

Music by Paul Simon
From the album "Rhythm of the Saints"
Released by Warner Bros - 1990

1. Obvious Child
2. Can't Run But
3. Cool, Cool River
4. She Moves on
5. Born At The Right Time
6. Proof

Audio Sample: 

Cool, Cool River
By Paul Simon

Performance History

Palais Garnier, Paris, France
October 17, 1991

Additional performances on October 18 & 19, 1991

Twyla Tharp Dance
New York City Center, New York, NY
January 28, 1992
Isabelle Guerin and Patrick Dupond
January 3, 1993

Additional performances on January 4 & 5, 1993