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The Little Ballet

Description

The Little Ballet was Tharp's second commission for American Ballet Theatre. Created for Mikhail Baryshnikov, then artistic director of the company, and four female dancers, this chamber ballet provided a platform for him to demonstrate his easy mastery of the classical technique. Baryshnikov and his partner alternate between passages of technical display while the ensemble waltzes in and out of the space.

Photos

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  • McKerrow, Baryshnikov, Carberry, Kudo and Raffa during dress rehearsal. ©Martha Swope
  • Twyla Tharp Dance company members Shawn Stevens, Delphine Moussin and Allison Brown perform in 1991. ©Martha Swope

Video

Baryshnikov in The Little Ballet as performed in the television special Baryshnikov by Tharp
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Music

Music Program:

Raymonda, Op. 57: Act II - Variation II
Scenes de Ballet, Op. 52: VII. Valse
Scenes de Ballet, Op. 52: V. Pas d'Action

Composed by Alexander Glazounov

Audio Sample: 

Scenes de Ballet, Opus 52: VII. Valse
Composed by Alexander Glazunov

Performance History

The Northrop Auditorium , Minneapolis, MN
April 1, 1983
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Premiere performance

Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
May 30, 1983
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Performed under the title "Once Upon A Time"

December 10, 1983
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Works on this program: The Little Ballet, Sinatra Suite

Wang Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
January 30, 1984
Wang Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
February 2, 1984
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Twyla Tharp Dance
Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
February 6, 1988
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Additional performances on February 8-9, 1988
Works on this program: The Little Ballet, Assorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad Smells, The Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney, Australia
February 20, 1988
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Additional performances on February 26-27, 1988
Works on this program: The Little BalletAssorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad SmellsThe Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Australia
March 3, 1988
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Additional performance on March 5, 1988
Works on this program: The Little Ballet, Assorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad Smells, The Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Opera Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
March 12, 1988
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Additional performance on March 14, 1988
Works on this program: The Little BalletAssorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad SmellsThe Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
Canberra Theatre, Canberra, Australia
March 18, 1988
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Additional performance on March 19, 1988
Works on this program: The Little BalletAssorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad SmellsThe Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
March 24, 1988
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Additional performance on March 25, 1988
Works on this program: Assorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), The Little Ballet, Bad Smells, The Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
October 5, 1991
Cowell Theater, San Francisco, CA
May 2, 2009
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
May 18, 2009
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Additional performance on May 19, 2009