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Junk Duet

Description

Junk Duet was commissioned by Alexander Kølpin for the Sommerballett Festival in Denmark. He performed the classically structured pas de deux with Stacy Caddell. The duet was later included in Known By Heart, commissioned by American Ballet Theatre.

Tharp pits the two dancers against one another in a cartoonish competition. The percussive score by Donald “The Junkman” Knaack is played on 100% recycled materials. The scrapheap sounds enhance the comedic blend of exaggerated pantomime and classical ballet vocabulary. The ballerina dominates her partner until he cowers behind her henpecked and she takes her final bow. 

Photos

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  • Ethan Stiefel and Susan Jaffe of American Ballet Theatre in Junk Duet, as performed in Known By Heart. © Rosalie O'Connor
  • Ethan Stiefel of American Ballet Theatre in Junk Duet, as performed in Known By Heart. © Paul Kolnik
  • Ethan Stiefel and Susan Jaffe of American Ballet Theatre in Junk Duet, as performed in Known By Heart. © Paul Kolnik
  • Ethan Stiefel and Susan Jaffe of American Ballet Theatre in Junk Duet, as performed in Known By Heart. © Paul Kolnik

Video

Excerpts from dress and studio rehearsals featuring Ethan Steifel and Susan Jaffe of American Ballet Theatre.
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Music

Music Program:

Junk Music
Composed by Donald Knaack
Released by The Moo Group - 1996

Performance History

Stacy Caddell and Alexander Kølpin
Sommerballet på Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
August 6, 1998
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Premiere performance

New York City Center, New York, NY
October 29, 1999
Notes:

Works on this program: Junk Duet, Push Comes To Shove

Twyla Tharp Dance
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
June 23, 2001
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Additional performance on June 24, 2001
Works on this program: Hammerklavier (premiere), Junk Duet, Westerly Round (premiere)

Twyla Tharp Dance
June 30, 2001
Notes:

Works on this program: The One Hundreds, Junk Duet, Westerly Round

Twyla Tharp Dance
June 18, 2003
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Additional performances on June 19-22, 2003
Works on this program: Junk Duet, The Fugue, Westerly Round, Surfer At The River Styx

Twyla Tharp Dance
Sadler's Wells, London, United Kingdom
July 3, 2003
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Additional performances on July 4 & 5, 2003
Works on this program: Surfer At The River Styx, The Fugue, Junk Duet, Westerly Round

Twyla Tharp Dance
Joyce Theater, New York, NY
July 28, 2003
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Twyla Tharp Dance
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ
September 25, 2003
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New York City Center, New York, NY
October 19, 2006
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Works on this program: Sinatra Suite, Junk Duet

Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA
March 14, 2008
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Works on this program: Octet, Junk Duet

Newmark Theatre, Portland, OR
April 22, 2010
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Additional performances on April 23-25, 27-29 & May 1-2, 2010

Tel Aviv, Isreal
October 20, 2010
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Additional performances on October 21 & 22, 2010

Sadler's Wells, London, United Kingdom
February 1, 2011
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Additional performances on February 2 & 3, 2011

Cedar Lake Theatre, New York, NY
March 21, 2011
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Presented during Dancers Responding to Aids 2011

New York City Center, New York, NY
November 8, 2011
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Works on this program: Sinatra Suite, Junk Duet, In The Upper Room

TED Conference, Long Beach, CA
March 1, 2012
Beijing Dance Academy, Beijing, China
June 22, 2012
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Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket, MA
July 27, 2012
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Additional performance on July 28, 2012

Melia Theater, Havana, Cuba
October 31, 2012
Arnhem, Netherlands
February 8, 2013