Yancey Dance premiered eight months earlier as Twelve Foot Change. The major change to the dance is the addition of music by Jimmy Yancey. The choreography was not altered from the previous work, but simply performed against the music, juxtaposing the soulful tune with the stark, objectified movement.
Tharp, Rudner and Jenkins in Twelve Foot Change, an early version of Yancey Dance. ©Robert Barry