Works
 

Ocean's Motion

Description

Tharp's style of technically demanding yet nonchalant choreography is expanded in Ocean’s Motion. The dance depicts a day in the life of a group of Fonzie-era teenagers. The dancers, dressed in letterman jackets, smack bubblegum as they whiz through the exacting steps with cool, laid-back precision. The pop-culture veneer and the lighthearted characterizations make the work entertaining and approachable while the choreography tests the dancers’ speed and accuracy.

Photos

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  • Company dancers during a promotional photo shoot for the 1982 revival. ©Herbert Migdoll
  • Ocean's Motion
    Anthony Ferro, Shelley Washington, Jennifer Way, Sara Rudner and John Carrafa in a promotional photo. ©Herbert Migdoll
  • Ocean's Motion
    Way and Rawe in costumes. The motorcycle, nicknamed "El Bruto," was rented during the company's stay in Spoleto, Italy. ©Twyla Tharp

Video

Company dancers perform in the 1982 revival.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Too Pooped To Pop
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
From the Album “Rockin’ at the Hops – 1960
Published by Chess Records

2. Memphis (also known as “Memphis, Tennessee)
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
Released by Chess Records as a Single – 1959

3. Deep Feeling
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
From the Album “After School Session” – 1957
Published by Chess records

4. School Days
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
From the Album “After School Session” – 1957
Published by Chess records

5. Nadine
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
Released as a Single by Chess Records – 1963

6. Havana Moon
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
From the Album “After School Session” – 1957
Published by Chess Records

7. Almost Grown
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
Released as a Single by Chess Records – 1959

Audio Sample: 

Deep Feeling
By Chuck Berry

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, Italy
June 22, 1975
Notes:

Additional performances on June 24 & 26-28, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, The One Hundreds (excerpt), Bach Duet, Ocean's Motion (premiere)

Twyla Tharp Dance
July 11, 1975
Notes:

Additional performance on July 12, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, The One Hundreds (excerpt), Bach Duet, Ocean's Motion

Twyla Tharp Dance
Municipal Auditorium, Austin, TX
September 10, 1975
Notes:

Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Bach Duet, The Rags Suite (premiere), Ocean's Motion

Twyla Tharp Dance
Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
September 13, 1975
Notes:

Additional performance on September 14, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Bach Duet, The Rags Suite Ocean's Motion, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
San Antonio Ballet Society, San Antonio, TX
September 20, 1975
Notes:

Additional performance on September 21, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Bach Duet, The Rags Suite, Ocean's Motion, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 6, 1976
Notes:

Additional performances on September 7 & 8, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances, From Hither and Yon (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victory Theatre, Dayton, OH
February 8, 1980
Notes:

Additional performance on February 8, 1980
Works on this program: Ocean's Motion, Brahms Paganini (premiere), Deuce Coupe III (premiere)

Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
March 25, 1980
Notes:

Additional performances on April 2-4 & 12, 1980
Works on this program: Ocean's Motion, Brahms Paganini, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
July 29, 1980
Notes:

Additional performances on July 31 & August 2, 1980
Works on this program: The Rags Suite, Assorted Quartets (premiere), The Fugue, Ocean's Motion

Twyla Tharp Dance
Murray Theater at Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 26, 1980
Notes:

Additional performances on August 28 & 30, 1980
Works on this program: Ocean's Motion, Third Suite (premiere), Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victory Theatre, Dayton, OH
February 28, 1981
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
New York City Center, New York, NY
January 28, 1992