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Nine Sinatra Songs

Description

Nine Sinatra Songs presents a glamorous portrait of seven couples that traces the arc of romantic relationships. The dancers swing, swirl, tango and cha-cha through a glittering ballroom.

It premiered on the same program as Bad Smells, meeting the gritty vision head on. 

Nine Sinatra Songs is one of Tharp’s most frequently performed works and has become a mainstay in the repertories of professional dance companies worldwide.

Photos

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  • Nine Sinatra
    Company dancers in a promotional photo shoot at the Avedon studio. © Richard Avedon Courtesy of The Richard Avedon Foundation
  • Carrafa and Rudner in a promotional photo. © Richard Avedon Courtesy of The Richard Avedon Foundation

Video

Excerpts of the seven duets and final "My Way."
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Music

Music Program:

1. Softly, As I Leave You
Composed Antonio De Vita
Lyrics by Hal Sharper
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1964
From the Album “Softly, As I Leave You”
Released by Reprise Records

2. Strangers in the Night
Composed by Bert Kaempfert
Lyrics by Eddie Snyder
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1966
From the Album “Stranger’s In The Night”
Released by Reprise Records

3. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer – 1943
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1949
From The album “Frankly Sentimental”
Released by Columbia Records

4. My Way
Originally “Comme d’habitude”
Composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux – 1967
Lyrics by Paul Anka
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1968
From the Album “My Way” – 1969
Released by Reprise Records

5. Somethin’ Stupid
Written by C. Carson Parks
Recorded by Nancy and Frank Sinatra – 1967
From the Album “The World We Knew”
Released by Reprise Records

6. All the Way
Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1957
For the Film “The Joker Is Wild”
Published by Maraville Music Corporation
Released by Capitol Records

7. Forget Domani
Composed by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Normal Newell
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1965
From the Album “Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Hits”
Released by Reprise Records – 1968

8. That’s Life
Written by Dean Kay and Kelley Gordon
Frank Sinatra Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1966
From the Album “That’s Life”
Released by Reprise Records

9. My Way
Originally “Comme d’habitude”
Composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux – 1967
Lyrics by Paul Anka
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1968
From the Album “My Way” – 1969
Released by Reprise Records

Audio Sample: 

All The Way
Performed by Frank Sinatra

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
October 15, 1982
Notes:

Works on this program: Bad Smells (premiere), Nine Sinatra Songs (premiere), Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
October 16, 1982
Twyla Tharp Dance
November 8, 1983
Notes:

Additional performances November 9-13, 1983
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Telemann, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL
February 26, 1984
Notes:

Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Baker's Dozen, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Page Auditorium, Durham, NC
July 5, 1984
Notes:

Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, Sorrow Floats (premiere), Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Louisville, KY
January 26, 1985
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
February 6, 1985
Notes:

Additional performances on February 7 & 8, 1985
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Murray Theatre at Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 30, 1986
Notes:

Works on this program: Ballare (premiere), The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany
September 19, 1986
Notes:

Additional performance on September 20, 1986
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Español , Madrid, Spain
October 7, 1986
Notes:

Additional performances on October 9 & 11, 1986
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Florence, Italy
October 15, 1986
Notes:

Additional performance on October 16, 1986
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy
October 22, 1986
Notes:

Additional performances on October 23-26, 1986
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Grand Casino de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
November 10, 1986
Notes:

Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 11, 1987
Notes:

Additional performances on February 12, 17, 20-22 & 26, 1987
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland, OH
May 1, 1987
Notes:

Additional performance on May 2, 1987
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
February 4, 1988
Notes:

Additional performances on February 5 & 12-13, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush (premiere), The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney, Australia
February 18, 1988
Notes:

Additional performances on February 19 & 24-25, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Australia
March 1, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 4, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Opera Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
March 10, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 11, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Canberra Theatre, Canberra, Australia
March 17, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 18, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
March 23, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 26, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
New York City Center, New York, NY
September 15, 1993
Notes:

Additional performances on September 17-18, 22 & 24-25, 1993
Works on this program: Fever, Sextet, Demeter & Persephone (preview), Nine Sinatra Songs, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Palais Garnier, Paris, France
October 12, 1993
Notes:

Additional performances on October 14 & 16, 1993
Works on this program: Nine Sinatra Songs, Octet, The Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
Tanz '94, Vienna, Austria
February 24, 1994
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The Pavilion, Highland Park, IL
August 25, 1995
Notes:

Additional performance on August 26, 1995
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, Fait Accompli, Nine Sinatra Songs

McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA
September 25, 2008
Notes:

Additional performances on September 26-28, 2008
Works on this program: Opus 111 (premiere), Afternoon Ball (premiere), Nine Sinatra Songs

October 2, 2008
Notes:

Additional performances on October 3 & 4, 2008

The Kentucky Center, Louisville, KY
October 22, 2008
Long Center, Austin, TX
October 24, 2008
Notes:

Additional performances on October 25 & 26, 2008

April 3, 2009
Notes:

Additional performances April 4 & 5, 2009

Community Center Theater, Sacramento, CA
February 11, 2010
Notes:

Additional performances on February 12-14, 2010

Grand Rapids, MI
January 28, 2011
Notes:

Additional performances on January 29-30 & February 4-6, 2011

February 11, 2011
Notes:

Additional performances on February 12 & 13, 2011

Harman Hall, Washington, DC
May 25, 2011
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, France
January 26, 2012
Notes:

Additional performances January 27 - February 2, 2012

February 23, 2012
Notes:

Additional performances on February 23-26, 2012
Works on this program: Push Comes To Shove, Surfer At The River Styx, Nine Sinatra Songs

Sarasota Opera House, Sarasota, FL
April 13, 2012
Teatro Romano, Spoleto, Italy
July 6, 2012
Notes:

Works on this program: Waterbaby Bagatelles (excerpt), Nine Sinatra Songs, Opus 111.

Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
February 13, 2013
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
February 21, 2013
McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA
September 27, 2013
Notes:

Additional performances on September 28 & October 3-6, 2013
Works on this program: Brief FlingWaiting at the Station (premiere), Nine Sinatra Songs

Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA
October 25, 2013
Notes:

Additional performances on October 26 & 27, 2013
Works on this program: Nine Sinatra Songs, In The Upper Room

Chicago Dance Festival, Chicago, IL
August 23, 2014
January 9, 2015
Notes:

Additional Performances on January 10th and 11th.

January 23, 2015
Notes:

Additional performances on January 24th and 25th. 

February 6, 2015
Notes:

Additional performances on February 7th and 8th.