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Uncle Edgar Dyed His Hair Red

Description

The title for Uncle Edgar Dyed His Hair Red is taken from the short composition sent to Tharp by California composer Dick Sebouh. The dance couples sharp, slicing gestures with slow, sustained poses.

After this piece was completed, the company was invited to Richard Avedon’s photography studio. The resulting photos of Uncle Edgar are among the strongest images Avedon shot over his 30-year friendship with Tharp. His photos capture the nearly impossible positions and clean lines of the choreography. Avedon's contribution to and support of Tharp and her work are clearly evidenced by these photographs, which, like all the photos he took of the company, were given to her free of charge.

Photos

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  • Uncle Edgar Dyed His Hair Red
    Way, Kellogg and Freydont in a promotional photo. ©Richard Avedon Courtesy of the Richard Avedon Foundation
  • Way, Freydont and Kellogg in a promotional photo. ©Richard Avedon Courtesy of the Richard Avedon Foundation
  • Way, Washington and Glasner in a promotional photo. ©Richard Avedon Courtesy of the Richard Avedon Foundation

Video

Company dancers in studio rehearsal.
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Music

Music Program:

Uncle Edgar Died His Hair Red
Composed by Dick Sebouh

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victory Theatre, Dayton, OH
February 28, 1981
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Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
September 25, 1981
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Additional performances on September 26 & 29, October 3-4, 10, 13 & 17, 1981
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, Uncle Edgar Dyed His Hair Red, The Fugue, Deuce Coupe III