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Heroes

Description

Tharp collaborated with composer Philip Glass for a second time in the creation of Heroes. This work was one of three premieres made for her new company, formed after nearly 10 years working as a freelance choreographer. Glass based his score on the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno. The mood is foreboding; the music sounds of trials yet to come.

Dim lights reveal three male dancers as they move in slow unison across the stage. Deep lunges and firm, wide stances ground their movement. The men remain stable as the full cast enters, hurling themselves through the space.

The trio comes to represent an unusual kind of hero – a constant presence with a firm hand.

Photos

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  • Company dancers in a promotional photo. © Richard Avedon Courtesy of the Richard Avedon Foundation
  • Robinson, Howard and Stanton perform. ©Jack Vartoogian
  • Toshiko Oiwa, Jeffrey, Rivera and Robinson in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian  
  • Heroes
    Philip Glass, Tharp and David Bowie observe a rehearsal. ©Carol Rosegg

Video

Company dancers in dress rehearsal.
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Music

Music Program:

Symphony no. 4, "Heroes"
Composed by Philip Glass
Based on the album "Heroes", by David Bowie - 1977
Published by Dunvagen Music - 1996

Performance History

Tharp!
September 20, 1996
Notes:

Premiere performances of: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"
Additional performances on September 21-22, 1996

Tharp!
Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
September 27, 1996
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Additional performance on September 28, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
October 2, 1996
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Shubert Theatre, Chicago, IL
October 9, 1996
Notes:

Additional performances on October 10-12, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
October 29, 1996
Notes:

Additional performances on October 30 - November 2, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
January 7, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on January 8-12, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
January 25, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
January 29, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris, France
July 26, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on July 27-29, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
August 11, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on August 12-13, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 18, 1997
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Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 19, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Roy's Joys (preview)

Tharp!
New York City Center, New York, NY
October 4, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on October 5, 8 & 10-12, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Teatro Albéniz, Madrid, Spain
November 4, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on November 5-8, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Grande Auditorio, Lisbon, Portugal
November 10, 1997
Notes:

Additional performance on November 11, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
January 20, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on January 22-23, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
February 28, 1998
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Additional performance on March 1, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
March 13, 1998
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Additional performance on March 14, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá (premiere)

Tharp!
Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT
March 20, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on March 21, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
April 3, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Yemayá, Baker's Dozen

Tharp!
Kallang Theatre, Singapore
June 7, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

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Municipal House, Prague, Czech Republic
June 24, 1998
Notes:

Additional perfromance on June 25, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
August 4, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on August 5-8, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Teatro Castro Mendes, Campinas, Brazil
November 8, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Castro Alves, Salvador, Brazil
November 10, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Alfa Real, Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 13, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on November 14-15, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 18, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on November 19, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile
November 21, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on November 23 & 25-26, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

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