Works
 

Jam

Description

Tharp's nod to German Expressionism, Jam is performed almost entirely in darkness. Flashlights, placed at the front of the stage, illuminate the dancers’ clear plastic suits worn over lavender leotards. The costumes are a progression of the cellophane canopy used in Unprocessed.  The title refers to "being in a jam", both physically being stuck and emotionally in trouble. 

Jam, and the previous work, One, Two Three were often performed back-to-back, forming an "opposition pair". Whereas Jam is chaotic and dark, with its movement hurled far from the dancer’s center (Dionysian), One, Two, Three is bright and ordered, serenely Apollonian, in black and white costumes.

Photos

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  • Jam
    Rudner, Tharp and Jenkins rehearse at the Judson Gym. ©Robert Barry
  • Jam
    Rudner, Tharp and Jenkins in performance. ©Robert Huot
  • Detail of flashlights shining through the costumes. ©Robert Barry

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
February 4, 1967
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Premiere performance

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 1, 1967
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Works on this program:  Re-Moves, Jam

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
March 3, 1967
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Additional performance on March 4, 1967
Works on this program: Cede Blue Lake, Twelve Foot Change, Jam, One, Two, Three, Re-Moves

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
July 1, 1967
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Additional performances July 2 & 3, 1967
Works on this program: One, Two Three, Yancey Dance (premiere), Jam, Cede Blue Lake

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)