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Bad Smells

Description

A camera operator moves onstage amongst the dancers in Bad Smells, the live video feed projected on the back wall. Extreme close-ups, inverted images and jolting camera movements create a warped reiteration of the thrashing choreography. The floor, covered in silver mylar, twists the dancers’ reflections, adding another layer of distortion to the projected image. It is in this skewed environment that the dancers perform a final act of ritual sacrifice. 

Bad Smells premiered on the same program as Nine Sinatra Songs, preceeding the glamorous fantasy.

Photos

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  • Rawe (with camera) and dancers during performance. ©Paul B. Goode
  • Carrafa and Whitener in performance. ©Paul B. Goode  
  • Kellogg and Whitener perform. ©Paul B. Goode
  • Company dancers perform in front of live video projections. © Johan Elbers

Video

Edited excerpt of studio rehearsal with live camera footage.
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Music

Music Program:

Bad Smells
Commissioned by Twyla Tharp

Recorded by Glenn Branca and John Giorno
Featuring Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore
Written by Glenn Branca
From the album "Who You Staring At?" - 1982
Released by Giorno Poetry Systems
 

Audio Sample: 

Bad Smells by Glenn Branca

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
October 15, 1982
Notes:

Works on this program: Bad Smells (premiere), Nine Sinatra Songs (premiere), Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
February 6, 1988
Notes:

Additional performances on February 8-9, 1988
Works on this program: The Little Ballet, Assorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad Smells, The Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney, Australia
February 20, 1988
Notes:

Additional performances on February 26-27, 1988
Works on this program: The Little BalletAssorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad SmellsThe Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Australia
March 3, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 5, 1988
Works on this program: The Little Ballet, Assorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad Smells, The Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Opera Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
March 12, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 14, 1988
Works on this program: The Little BalletAssorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad SmellsThe Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
Canberra Theatre, Canberra, Australia
March 18, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 19, 1988
Works on this program: The Little BalletAssorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), Bad SmellsThe Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
March 24, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 25, 1988
Works on this program: Assorted Quartets (under the title "Four Down Under"), The Little Ballet, Bad Smells, The Golden Section