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Baker's Dozen

Description

Much of the choreography in Baker’s Dozen was created for the Hollywood production of Hair, but was not included in the final edit. “I was thinking a lot about economy [after filming]. Nothing should be squandered or disregarded,” Tharp recounts in Confessions of a Cornermaker (1981). “As in nature, all things would be recycled and would accrue.” Rather than leave it on the cutting room floor, Tharp repurposed the movement and set it to compositions by Willie “The Lion” Smith – music she had been dancing to for nearly a decade. 

Baker’s Dozen embodies this sense of economy and integration, which is closely tied to Tharp’s Indiana Quaker roots. The movement expresses harmony, playfulness and easy virtuosity. The structure is based on multiples of twelve: six duets, four trios, three quartets, two sextets, and finally twelve solos – reinforcing the Quaker values of the individual’s importance to the community. 


Baker's Dozen exemplifies the harmony in "A Peaceable Kingdom," by Quaker artist Edward Hicks.

Photos

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  • Wright, Ferro, Rawe and Way in a publicity photo. ©Herbert Migdoll
  • Company dancers in an outdoor rehearsal: Colton, Sara Rudner, Carrafa, Way, Rawe, Mayotte, Whitener, Washington, Kurshals, Uchida, Ferro, Wright. ©Twyla Tharp
  • Ferro, Washington and Carrafa in a publicity photo. ©Jack Mitchell

Video

Company dancers in studio rehearsal and performance.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Relaxin’
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

2. Echo of Spring
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith - 1939
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

3. Tango A La Caprice
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
Copyright 1939
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

4. Concentratin’
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

5. Relaxin’
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

Audio Sample: 

Relaxin'
Performed by Dick Hyman

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Bushnell, Hartford, CT
February 3, 1979
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Works on this program: Baker's Dozen (preview), 1903, Country Dances, Cacklin' Hen, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 15, 1979
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Works on this program: Baker's Dozen (premiere), Three Dances from the film "Hair" (premiere), 1903, Chapters And Verses

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 16, 1979
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Additional performances on February 16 & 24-25, 1979
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, Country Dances, Cacklin' Hen, 1903, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
March 25, 1980
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Additional performances on April 2-4 & 12, 1980
Works on this program: Ocean's Motion, Brahms Paganini, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Murray Theater at Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 26, 1980
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Additional performances on August 28 & 30, 1980
Works on this program: Ocean's Motion, Third Suite (premiere), Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
October 6, 1980
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Additional performances October 7-12, 1980
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls, Third Suite

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victory Theater, Dayton, OH
February 27, 1981
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Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, Third Suite (excerpt), Short Stories, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
September 24, 1981
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Additional performances on September 26-17, October 3, 6, 10-11 & 17-18, 1981
Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, Assorted Quartets, Short Stories, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
October 14, 1982
Twyla Tharp Dance
November 10, 1983
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Additional performance on November 12, 1983.
Works on this program: Fait Accompli (premiere), Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL
February 26, 1984
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Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Baker's Dozen, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
February 9, 1985
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Works on this program: Sorrow Floats, Short Stories, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Little Theatre, Saratoga Springs, NY
July 7, 1986
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Additional performances on July 8 & 11, 1986
Works on this program: In The Upper Room (preview), Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Murray Theatre at Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 28, 1986
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Additional performance on August 29, 1986
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room (premiere)

Twyla Tharp Dance
Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany
September 18, 1986
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Additional performance on September 20, 1986
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Español , Madrid, Spain
October 8, 1986
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Additional performances on October 10 & 12, 1986
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Florence, Italy
October 15, 1986
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Additional performance on October 16, 1986
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Opernhaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
November 7, 1986
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Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
Théâtre de Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland
November 9, 1986
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Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 3, 1987
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Additional performances on February 7-8, 10, 13-14, 18-19 & 25, 1987
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland, OH
April 30, 1987
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Additional performance on May 2, 1987
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
February 2, 1988
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Additional performances on February 3 & 10-11, 1988
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney, Australia
February 16, 1988
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Additional performances on February 17 & 22-23, 1988
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Australia
March 2, 1988
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Additional performance on March 5, 1988
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Opera Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
March 8, 1988
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Additional performance on March 9, 1988
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
New York City Center, New York, NY
September 15, 1993
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Additional performances on September 17-18, 22 & 24-25, 1993
Works on this program: Fever, Sextet, Demeter & Persephone (preview), Nine Sinatra Songs, Baker's Dozen

Twyla Tharp Dance
Palais Garnier, Paris, France
October 13, 1993
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Additional performance on October 15, 1993
Works on this program: Sextet, Baker's Dozen, Brahms Paganini

Twyla Tharp Dance
Palais Garnier, Paris, France
October 15, 1993
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August 9, 1995
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Additional performances on August 10 & 12, 1995
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, I Remember Clifford (premiere)

The Pavilion, Highland Park, IL
August 23, 1995
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Additional performance on August 24, 1995
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, I Remember Clifford

The Pavilion, Highland Park, IL
August 25, 1995
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Additional performance on August 26, 1995
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, Fait Accompli, Nine Sinatra Songs

Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 20, 1996
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Additional performance on August 21, 1996
Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, I Remember Clifford

Tharp!
April 3, 1998
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Works on this program: Heroes, Yemayá, Baker's Dozen

October 22, 2008
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Additional performances on October 23-26, 2008

Opernhaus Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
April 30, 2010
October 28, 2010
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Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, Sinatra Suite

January 7, 2011
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Additional performances on January 8 & 9, 2011

Alys Stephens Center, Birmingham, AL
October 29, 2011
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York, NY
March 21, 2014
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Additional performances on March 22, 23, 24 & 25.