Push Comes To Shove

Push Comes To Shove
World premiere date
Premiere location place
New York, NY
Dance sections

Prelude: Baryshnikov, Tcherkassky, van Hamel

Movement I: Baryshnikov, van Hamel, Tcherkassky

Movement II: Tcherkassky, Jones, Johansson, Kudo, Kuchera, Provancha, Shibata, Warner, Whitaker, Elliott, Blaisdell, Frazer, Hale, Mayer, O’Neal, Prieto, Spizzo, Wesche

Movement III: van Hamel, Tippet, Ashton, Harvey, Maule, Popeleski, Barbee, Conover, Hughes, Schafer

Movement VI: Entire Ensemble with Aponte

Chorus

Amy Blaisdell, Susan Frazer, Melissa HaleSusan Jones, Marie Johannson, Elaine Kudo, Linda Kuchera, Ruth Mayer, Christine O'Neal, Berthica Prieto, Leigh Provancha, Janet Shibata, Christine SpizzoDenise Warner, Patricia Wesche, Sandall Whitaker

Ensemble

Elizabeth Ashton, Cynthia Harvey, Sara Maule, Janet Popeleski

Victor BarbeeWarren Conover, Kenneth Hughes, Richard Schafer

Total number of dancers
29
Runtime
00:22:30
Other program information

Conductor: Akira Endo

From the original program: "Ballet Theatre Foundation gratefully akcnowledges the gift from Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Rubin which has made this production possible."

 

American Ballet Theatre commissioned Push Comes To Shove for their newest premier danseur Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The central male character introduced in the prelude carries the easy ragtime feeling throughout the work.  He serves as a master of ceremonies, leading his company of dancers in Haydn’s Symphony No. 82.

Tharp had previously created works for her modern dance company that wedded classical and popular music styles, but Push Comes To Shove marks the first such work ever presented by a major ballet company.

  • Push Comes To Shove
    Baryshnikov performs in the opening section. ©Martha Swope
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     Baryshnikov and Tcherkassy with the corps de ballet. ©Martha Swope
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    Principal dancers with the corps de ballet in performance. ©Martha Swope
Full music program

1. Bohemia Rag
Composed by Joseph Lamb
Published by Stark Music Co. – 1919

2. Vivace Assai
From “Symphony No. 82 in C Major”
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn – 1786

3. Allegretto
From “Symphony No. 82 in C Major”
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn – 1786

4. Menuet e Trio
From “Symphony No. 82 in C Major”
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn – 1786

5. Vivace
From “Symphony No. 82 in C Major”
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn – 1786

Music details
Music track
webmusic-push.mp3
Audio sample

Bohemia Rag
by Joseph Lamb

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