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Roy's Joys

Description

In the mid-1970s, photographer Richard Avedon gave Tharp a copy of an album by jazz musician Roy Eldridge. She revisited this recording in Roy’s Joys, an ensemble work for her modern dance company.

The choreography is rooted in the strong technique of the dancers. A spirit of spontaneity carries over from the Eldridge recordings. Even the unison duets are infused with this easy and carefree energy.

Photos

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  • Roy's Joys
    Stahl and Mahoney in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian
  • Roy's Joys
    Malone, Robinson and Howard perform. ©Jack Vartoogian  

Video

Company dancers in a brief excerpt.
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Music

Music Program:

All songs from the album "Roy Eldridge Vol. II - French Cooking"
Vogue Records - 1993

Just Fooling
By Roy Eldridge

Une Petite Laitue, I Remember Harlem, L'Isle Adam and Tu disais qu'tu M'aimais
By Roy Eldrdige with Benny Vasseur, Albert Ferreri, William Boucaya, Raumond Fol, Barney Spieler and Robert Barnet

Oh Shut Up! and Hollywood Pastime
By Roy Eldridge with Don Byas, Claude Bolling, Guy de fatto and Armand Molinetti

Audio Sample: 

Une Petite Laitue
By Roy Eldridge

Performance History

Tharp!
Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 19, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Roy's Joys (preview)

Tharp!
New York City Center, New York, NY
September 30, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on October 1-3, 5, 7, 9 & 11-2, 1997
Works on this program: Sweet Fields, The Fugue, Roy's Joys (premiere)

Tharp!
Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
January 21, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on January 24-25, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
April 4, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
April 21, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
Kallang Theatre, Singapore
June 6, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on June 8, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Yemayå

Tharp!
Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
July 28, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on July 29 - August 1, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Yemayá

Tharp!
August 18, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on August 19-22, 1998.
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile
November 22, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on November 24 & 27, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
December 5, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields