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The Raggedy Dances

Description

The Raggedy Dances is a much wider exploration of a single theme than Tharp had done before. The choreography has a feeling of simple, playful innocence. False entrances and a tongue-in-cheek striptease to "The Entertainer" give the dance a zany quality. As the six dancers shake, shimmy and roll their way through the movement, the easiness of the ragtime seamlessly transitions into a set of Mozart variations, popularly known as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". Both the Mozart and Joplin compositions present a world of controlled lightness and naïveté.

Photos

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  • Raggedy Dances
    Rudner, Wright, Tharp, Wiener, Garcia-Lorca and Rinker in performance.  ©William Pierce
  • Raggedy Dances
    Wright and Rudner in performance. ©William Pierce
  • Rudner performs at Williams College in 1974.  ©Tom Rawe

Video

Wright and Rinker perform the closing duet.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Fig Leaf Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin – 1908

2. Scott Joplin’s New Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin – 1912

3. Pork and Beans - One Step, Two Step or Turkey Trot
Composed by Charles Luckeyth Roberts
Copyright by Jos. W. Stern & Co. – 1913

4. Graceful Ghost Rag
Composed by William Bolcom – 1970

5. Maple Leaf Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin
Copyright Registered – 1899

6. The Entertainer
Composed by Scott Joplin
Copyright – 12/29/1902
Published by John Stark & Son

7. The Ragtime Dance
Composed by Scott Joplin – 1906

8. Gladiolus Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin - 1907

9. Ah, Vous Dirai-je, Maman / Variations in C major, KV 265
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – circa 1781

Audio Sample: 

The Ragtime Dance
Performed by Joshua Rifkin

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Delacorte Theater, New York, NY
September 12, 1972
Notes:

Additional performance on September 16, 1972
Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, The Raggedy Dances (preview)

Twyla Tharp Dance
ANTA Theater, New York, NY
October 26, 1972
Notes:

Premiere performance
Additional performances October 27 & 28, 1972.

Twyla Tharp Dance
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
November 22, 1972
Notes:

Additional performance on November 24, 1972
Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, The Raggedy Dances, The One Hundreds

Twyla Tharp Dance
July 7, 1973
Notes:

Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, The Raggedy Dances

Twyla Tharp Dance
Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC
July 28, 1973
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
Ohio University, Athens, OH
January 16, 1974
Notes:

Additional performances on January 17 & 18, 1974
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
January 31, 1974
Notes:

Additional performances on February 1 & 2, 1974
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The Fugue, The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
North Shore Community Arts Center, Queens, New York
February 23, 1974
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
Williams College, Williamston, MA
March 8, 1974
Notes:

Additional performance on March 9, 1974.
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The Bix Pieces, The Fugue, The Raggedy Dances

Twyla Tharp Dance
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
April 5, 1974
Notes:

Additional performances on April 6 & 7, 1974.
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The One Hundreds, The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Roundhouse, London, United Kingdom
May 15, 1974
Notes:

Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The One Hundreds