Treefrog In Stonehenge


In 1969, Tharp offered one of her first dance classes to students at the American Dance Festival. Since then, hundreds of dancers have taken master classes, attended lecture/demonstrations or learned works from Tharp's repertory, which are frequently taught in universities. Treefrog in Stonehenge brings Tharp's endeavors in dance education full circle: it is her first work choreographed for students and premiered at the American Dance Festival. 

David Kahne composed and recorded a constantly evolving soundscape that shifts in mood, rhythm and style in close coordination with the choreography. The dance combines phrases from two new technique classes - "Treefrog" and "Stonehenge" - with elements sampled from her early works. In one section, a group of dancers enters with a series of quick leaps and rolls while putting on and removing jackets, a combination of dance and pedestrian action that was first presented in Dancing in the Streets…(1969)

The piece highlights both the individual dancers' strengths and personality as well as the sense of community that is fostered in a dance class.


  • Hartung and Doherty in performance. ©Twyla Tharp Photo by Grant Halverson
  • Dye and Anderson perform. ©Twyla Tharp Photo by Grant Halverson
  • Members of the cast in performance. ©Twyla Tharp
  • Speetjens and cast members in rehearsal. ©Melissa Key
  • Morrison with members of the cast in rehearsal. ©Melissa Key


ADF students in rehearsal and performance. ©Twyla Tharp
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Treefrog In Stonehenge
Composed and performed by David Kahne

Performance History

July 26, 2013

Premiere Performance
Additional performance on July 27, 2013

Miller Theater, New York, NY
April 25, 2014

Additional performances on April 26 (mat & eve).

LeFrak Gymnasium, New York, NY
April 26, 2014
St. Paul's School, Concord, NH
February 27, 2016
Alexander Brady will hold a Lecture-Demonstration at St. Paul's School.
St. Paul's School, Concord, NH
February 27, 2016
Additional performance on February 28.
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