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Yemayá

Description

Yemayá portrays the seduction of a young man by the Cuban water goddess of the same name. Tharp employs a number of dramatic techniques to present the story – flashback scenes that morph into dream sequences, memories dancing as shadows on the back wall, solos that function as soliloquies. 

The piece begins in a social club; the performers are paired up, dancing versions of the rhumba and cha-cha. Later, a male entourage partners Yemayá, lifting and rolling her above the stage. They are the waves on which she rides.

Photos

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  • Malone (lifted) and company dancers in performance. © Twyla Tharp

Video

Company dancers in performance.
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Music

Music Program:

"Popular and spiritual music of Cuba."

La Enganadora
By Enrique Jorrin
Performed by Ruben Gonzalez
From "Introducing...Ruben Gonzalez"
Recorded by World Circuit/Nonesuch Records

Agayú, Changó, Yeggua, Obba, Oyá, Oggún, Yemayá
From "Oru de Igbodu para Yemaya" on "Sacred Rhythms of Cuban Santeria
Recorded by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Chan Chan
By Francisco Repilado
From Beuna Vista Social Club
Recorded by World-Circuit/Nonesuch Recordings

Audio Sample: 

Chan Chan
By the Beuna Vista Social Club

Performance History

Tharp!
March 13, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on March 14, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá (premiere)

Tharp!
April 3, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Yemayá, Baker's Dozen

Tharp!
Kallang Theatre, Singapore
June 6, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on June 8, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Yemayå

Tharp!
Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
July 28, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on July 29 - August 1, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Castro Mendes, Campinas, Brazil
November 8, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Castro Alves, Salvador, Brazil
November 10, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Alfa Real, Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 13, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on November 14-15, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 18, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on November 19, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile
November 21, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on November 23 & 25-26, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá