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Mud

Description

The fast and frenetic opening section of Mud gives way to a female trio that floats downstage en pointe. In “Air,” classical vocabulary is interspersed with off-center suspensions lending lightness to the movement and attitude. A sharp, slicing quartet in silence follows. The syncopated movement gives the feeling that everything is happening in fast forward. A lyrical solo segues into the final section with the entrance of a quartet wearing sneakers. “Earth” integrates seemingly incompatible actions - the furious gestures, falls and catches and fluid adagio - into a complex pool of movement.

The spectrum of movement and divergent footwear explored here serve as an early prototype for In The Upper Room.

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  • Mud
    Uchida and Colton in performance. ©Lois Greenfield
  • Mud
    Colton, Washington, Kurshals and Uchida perform.  ©Twyla Tharp

Video

An excerpt from Section III, performed by Uchida, Washington, Colton and Kurshals.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Six Country Dances 
Composed by WA Mozart - 1784

2. Divertimento in F Major, K. 13
Composed by WA Mozart - 1772

Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Ensemble: 

Violins: Regis Iandiorio, Ira Lieberman
Viola: Michael Bloom
Cello: Jeanne LeBlanc

Audio Sample: 

Divertimento in F Major, K. 13
Composed by WA Mozart

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 12, 1977
Notes:

Additional performance on May 19, 1977
Works on this program:  The Hodge Podge (premiere), Mud (premiere), The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 20, 1977
Notes:

Additional performances on May 21 & 22, 1977
Works on this program: Mud, The Fugue, The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
May 27, 1977
Notes:

Additional performances May 28 - June 4, 1977
Works on this program: The Hodge Podge, Mud, The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
July 29, 1977
Notes:

Additional performance on July 30, 1977
Works on this program: Mud, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

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