Jump Start


Tharp commissioned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis to create a new score for Jump Start. Marsalis and his band played live during the premiere season at the Metropolitan Opera House. The dancers approach this high-octane dance with a spirited attack. Running crosses interrupt athletic solos and unison phrases, generating an excited, jovial energy onstage. 


  • Jump Start
    Moore and Graffin perform. ©Paul Kolnik
  • Jump Start
    Members of American Ballet Theatre in performance. ©Paul Kolnik  


Dancers of American Ballet Theatre in the closing section.
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Music Program:

Original Score by Wynton Marsalis
Played by Wynton Marsalis Orchestra:

Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet
Ryan Kysor, Trumpet
Marcus Printup, Trumpet
Wessell Anderson, Alto and Soprano Saxophone
Andy Farber, Tenor Saxophone
Gideon Feldstein, Baritone Saxophone
Victor Goines, Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
Wycliff Gordon, Trombone
Ronald Westray, Trombone
Eric Reed, Piano
Ben Wolfe, Bass
Hertin Riley, Drums

Performance History

Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
May 1, 1995

Additional performances during the Spring 1995 season
Works on this program: Americans We (premiere), How Near Heaven, Jump Start (premiere)