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Bum's Rush

Description

Bum’s Rush is an absurdist ballet structured as a vaudeville show. The piece opens with a man standing alone on a bare stage. As the light comes up, he doubles over in a fit of hysterical laughter. A trio of tramps enters, interspersing their dance with bawdy jokes; a man in squeaking sneakers provides the soundtrack for a duet.

The sections are incongruous and the situations nonrealistic but each serves to extend the theme of miscommunication and the conflict between verbal and physical languages.

A year after Tharp’s company performed Bum’s Rush, American Ballet Theatre produced a revised version of the ballet, featuring an elaborate set and an original score by Dick Hyman.

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  • Sanchez, Bishton and O'Day in the 1989 American Ballet Theatre production. ©Martha Swope
  • Bum's Rush
    Colton and Washington in the 1989 American Ballet Theatre production. ©Martha Swope

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Members of Twyla Tharp Dance in performance.
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Music

Music Program:

Original music and arrangement by Michel Colombier

In Dahomey
Composed by Percy Grainger
Recorded by Music Historical Society

Blithe Bells (after Bach)
Composed by Percy Grainger
Recorded by Music Historical Society

You Always Hurt the One You Love
Recorded by Spike Jones
Written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
From the Album "Thank You, Music Lovers" - 1960

Cocktails for Two
Recorded by Spike Jones
Written by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston
From the Album "Thank You, Music Lovers" - 1960

None But the Lonely Heart
Recorded by Spike Jones
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Translation by Bill Westbrook
From the Album "Thank You, Music Lovers" - 1960

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
February 4, 1988
Notes:

Additional performances on February 5 & 12-13, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush (premiere), The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney, Australia
February 18, 1988
Notes:

Additional performances on February 19 & 24-25, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Australia
March 1, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 4, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Opera Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
March 10, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 11, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Canberra Theatre, Canberra, Australia
March 17, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 18, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
March 23, 1988
Notes:

Additional performance on March 26, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL
February 8, 1989
Notes:

Works on this program: Bum's Rush, In The Upper Room

Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL
February 18, 1989
Notes:

Works on this program: Bum's Rush, Quartet, The Fugue, In The Upper Room

Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
March 9, 1989
Notes:

Works on this program: In The Upper Room, Bum's Rush, Quartet, Everlast

Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
May 20, 1989
Notes:

Works on this program: Everlast, Quartet, Bum's Rush