Sorrow Floats


The American Dance Festival commissioned Sorrow Floats as part of its 50th anniversary season. The male role, based on the Commedia dell’Arte character Pierrot, is accompanied by a chorus of three women. The choreography combines pantomime, ballroom, breakdancing and classical ballet in a light, whimsical work. 


  • Carrafa and Washington in performance. ©Jay Anderson


Brief excerpts featuring company dancers in performance.
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Music Program:

Jeux d'Enfant, Opus 22
Composed by Georges Bizet - 1871

1. L'escarpolette (The Swing)
2. La toupie (The Top)
3. La poupée (The doll)
4. Les chevaux de bois (The hobby-horses)
5. Le volant (Battledore and Shuttlecock)
6. Trompette et tambour (Trumpet and drum)
7. Les bulles de savon (Soap bubbles)
8. Les quatre coins (Puss in the corner)
9. Colin-maillard (Blind Man's Bluff)
10. Saute-mouton (Leap-frog)
11. Petit mari, petite femme (Little husband, little wife)
12. Le bal (The ball)

Audio Sample: 

Les bulles de savon (Soap Bubbles)
From Jeux d'Enfant, Opus 22
Composed by George Bizet

Performance History

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

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

Twyla Tharp Dance
Louisville, KY
January 26, 1985
Twyla Tharp Dance
The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
February 9, 1985

Works on this program: Sorrow Floats, Short Stories, Baker's Dozen