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The Bix Pieces

Description

The Bix Pieces is Tharp's first theatrical dance work combining dance, music and spoken dramatic text. The legato movement slips from section to section, building from solo to duet, trio to quartet.  A speaker onstage delivers a scripted lecture-demonstration, written by Tharp, while the dancers perform the final section.  

Video of the first performance of The Bix Pieces in Paris exists in the archives, along with hundreds of hours of undigitized rehearsal and performance footage. See The Bix Pieces on Camera 3 for a later recording.

Photos

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  • Rudner and Tharp perform at the Roundhouse in London in 1974.  ©Tony Russell
  • Tharp performs in Paris in 1971. ©H. Gloaguen
  • Garcia-Lorca, Tharp, Wright and Rudner perform at the Delacorte Theatre in 1972. ©William Pierce  

Music

Music Program:

1.  In The Mist
By Bix Beiderbecke - 1927 
From the Album "The Bix Beiderbecke Story, Vol.3, Whiteman Days"
Published by EMI

2. 'Tain't So Honey, 'Tain't So
By Willard Robinson - 1928
Performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Published by Columbia Records

3. That's My Weakness Now
By Bud Green and Sam Stept - 1928
Performed by The Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Published by Columbia Records

4. Borneo
By Walter Donaldson
Performed by Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra  
Published by Okeh Records

5. Because My Baby Don't Mean Maybe Now
By Walter Donaldson - 1928
Performed by The Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Published by Columbia Records

6. I Want To Be Happy
By Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
For the musical "No, No, Nanette" - 1925 
Published by Columbia Records

7. OPUS 76 no. 3 Adagio
Composed by Joseph Haydn - 1796

8. Abide With Me
By William Henry Monk and Henry Francis Lyte - 1847
Performed by Thelonius Monk
Published by Riverside Records

Audio Sample: 

That's My Weakness Now
Performed by The Paul Whiteman Orchestra

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
November 9, 1971
Notes:

Additional performances on November 10-14, 1971
Works on this program: The One Hundreds, The Bix Pieces (preview)

Twyla Tharp Dance
Inner City Theater, Los Angeles, CA
April 14, 1972
Notes:

Works on this program: Torelli, The Bix Pieces (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Delacorte Theater, New York, NY
September 12, 1972
Notes:

Additional performance on September 16, 1972
Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, The Raggedy Dances (preview)

Twyla Tharp Dance
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
November 22, 1972
Notes:

Additional performance on November 24, 1972
Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, The Raggedy Dances, The One Hundreds

Twyla Tharp Dance
Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT
June 9, 1973
Twyla Tharp Dance
July 7, 1973
Notes:

Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, The Raggedy Dances

Twyla Tharp Dance
Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC
July 28, 1973
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
January 10, 1974
Notes:

Additional performances on January 11 & 12, 1974
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The One Hundreds, The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
January 31, 1974
Notes:

Additional performances on February 1 & 2, 1974
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The Fugue, The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Williams College, Williamston, MA
March 8, 1974
Notes:

Additional performance on March 9, 1974.
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The Bix Pieces, The Fugue, The Raggedy Dances

Twyla Tharp Dance
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
April 5, 1974
Notes:

Additional performances on April 6 & 7, 1974.
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The One Hundreds, The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Roundhouse, London, United Kingdom
May 16, 1974
Notes:

Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 6, 1976
Notes:

Additional performances on September 7 & 8, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances, From Hither and Yon (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 12, 1977
Notes:

Additional performance on May 19, 1977
Works on this program:  The Hodge Podge (premiere), Mud (premiere), The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 20, 1977
Notes:

Additional performances on May 21 & 22, 1977
Works on this program: Mud, The Fugue, The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
May 27, 1977
Notes:

Additional performances May 28 - June 4, 1977
Works on this program: The Hodge Podge, Mud, The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
September 24, 1981
Notes:

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