Works
 

Group Activities

Description

For Group Activities, white masking tape marks a grid on the floor of the performance space. The dancers perform to the sound of a metronome, a temporal reference point for their rhythmically complex solos.

When the dance was performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music some months later, Tharp replaced the metronome with a caller who shouted out the correct counts when the dancers fell out of sync. The audience sat on bleachers surrounding the stage. The cast was doubled to ten dancers and arranged so that the choreography was seen at two angles from a single vantage point. Like looking through a stereopticon, the double cast created a sense of depth and a feeling of spontaneous reorganization.


Original choreographic notes depicting an aerial view of grid and movement patterns.

Photos

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  • Arielle Dundore, Alma Guillermoprieto, Janet Frachtenberg, Karen Fensterheim and Barbara Kravitz in an excerpt from Group Activities as performed in Dancing in the Streets...at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1969. ©Jim Elliot

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
The Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
January 13, 1969
Notes:

Works on this program: Group Activities (premiere), Disperse, Excess, Idle, Surplus

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
February 24, 1969
Notes:

Additional performance on February, 29, 1969
Works on this program: Group Activities, Generation

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
University of Albany, Albany, NY
April 18, 1969
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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