As Time Goes By was created for The Joffrey Ballet and premiered the same year as Deuce Coupe. The work is Tharp's first based solely in the ballet vocabulary. Opening with a sharp, percussive solo in silence for a ballerina en pointe, the ballet quickly builds to a sextet then into the full company in rapidly changing formations and intricately coordinated movements. As Haydn’s “Farewell Symphony” slowly diminishes instrument by instrument, the dancers, too, drain the stage leaving a solo male dancer to close the ballet.
Additional performance on October 26, 1973
Additional performances on October 11 & 16, 1975
Additional performances on October 23, 26 & 30, 1976