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The Fugue

Description

Modeled on "The Musical Offering" by Johann Sebastian Bach, The Fugue consists of a twenty-count theme which is developed into twenty variations. The theme is modified through a number of reversals, inversions, retrogrades and repetitions, re-sequencing and rhythmic manipulations. Each of the three dancers represents a musical register: bass, alto, soprano. The only sound is the dancers' footfalls on an amplified stage.  

The Fugue is the first work intended to become a piece of active repertory. The works that preceded were created as exercises; The Fugue is a culmination of those lessons. It is also the earliest work to be licensed by other dance companies. 

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  • Rudner performs at the Roundhouse in London, 1974. ©Tony Russell
  • Wright, Tharp and Rudner perform at the Roundhouse in London, 1974.  ©Tony Russell
  • Tharp performs at the Delacorte Theater in 1971. ©Milton Oleaga

Video

Tharp and Wright perform the first variation at the Los Angeles Inner City Theater in 1972. 
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Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
August 1, 1970
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Works on this program: The Fugue (premiere), The One Hundreds (premiere)

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
The Delacorte Theater, New York, NY
September 16, 1971
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Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
November 2, 1971
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Additional performances on November 3-7, 1971
Works on this program: Torelli (premiere), Piano Rolls (premiere), The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA
April 9, 1972
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Works on this program: Torelli, Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
Inner City Theater, Los Angeles, CA
April 14, 1972
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Works on this program: Torelli, The Bix Pieces (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
Inner City Theater, Los Angeles, CA
April 15, 1972
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Works on this program: The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls, The One Hundreds

Twyla Tharp Dance
April 22, 1972
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Works on this program: Torelli, Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
Ohio University, Athens, OH
January 16, 1974
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Additional performances on January 17 & 18, 1974
Works on this program: The Raggedy Dances, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
January 26, 1974
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Works on this program: In the Beginnings (premiere), The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
January 31, 1974
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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
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Additional performance on March 9, 1974.
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The Bix Pieces, The Fugue, The Raggedy Dances

Twyla Tharp Dance
Roundhouse, London, United Kingdom
May 16, 1974
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Works on this program: The Bix Pieces, Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
September 13, 1975
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Additional performance on September 14, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Bach Duet, The Rags Suite Ocean's Motion, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
San Antonio Ballet Society, San Antonio, TX
September 20, 1975
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Additional performance on September 21, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Bach Duet, The Rags Suite, Ocean's Motion, The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 5, 1976
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Additional performances on February 6 & 7, 1976
Works on this program: The Rags Suite, Bach Duet, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 12, 1976
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Additional performance on February 13, 1976
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue, The Rags Suite, Bach Duet

Twyla Tharp Dance
March 25, 1976
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Additional performances on March 26 and April 3 & 4, 1976
Works on this program: Give and Take (premiere), Eight Jelly RollsThe Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 4, 1976
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Additional performance on September 6, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances (premiere), The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 6, 1976
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Additional performances on September 7 & 8, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances, From Hither and Yon (premiere), The Fugue

Twyla Tharp Dance
September 11, 1976
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Additional performances on September 12-14, 1976
Works on this program: Country Dances, The FugueFrom Hither and Yon

Twyla Tharp Dance
October 3, 1976
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Works on this program: Country Dances, The FugueEight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 20, 1977
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Additional performances on May 21 & 22, 1977
Works on this program: Mud, The Fugue, The Bix Pieces

Twyla Tharp Dance
July 29, 1977
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Additional performance on July 30, 1977
Works on this program: Mud, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
August 2, 1977
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Additional performances on August 3-6, 1977
Works on this program: Country Dances, The Fugue, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Bushnell, Hartford, CT
February 2, 1979
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Works on this program: Chapters And Verses (premiere), 1903 (premiere), The Fugue, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 17, 1979
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Additional performances on February 18 & 22-23, 1979
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, The Fugue, Three Dances from the film "Hair," Chapters And Verses

Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
March 29, 1980
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Additional performances on March 31, April 1 & 9-11, 1980
Works on this program: Eight Jelly Rolls, The Fugue, Deuce Coupe III

Twyla Tharp Dance
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
July 29, 1980
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Additional performances on July 31 & August 2, 1980
Works on this program: The Rags Suite, Assorted Quartets (premiere), The Fugue, Ocean's Motion

Twyla Tharp Dance
Murray Theater at Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 27, 1980
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Additional performances on August 29 & 31, 1980
Works on this program: The Rags Suite, Short Stories (premiere), The Fugue, Brahms Paganini

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
Teatro Nazionale, Milan, Italy
October 16, 1980
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Additional performances October 17-19, 1980
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, Short Stories, The Fugue, Eight Jelly Rolls

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victory Theatre, Dayton, OH
February 28, 1981
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Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, NY
September 25, 1981
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Additional performances on September 26 & 29, October 3-4, 10, 13 & 17, 1981
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, Uncle Edgar Dyed His Hair Red, The Fugue, Deuce Coupe III

Twyla Tharp Dance
Louisville, KY
January 26, 1985
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Twyla Tharp Dance
The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
February 6, 1985
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Additional performances on February 7 & 8, 1985
Works on this program: Brahms Paganini, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
The Murray Theatre at Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 30, 1986
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Works on this program: Ballare (premiere), The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany
September 19, 1986
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Additional performance on September 20, 1986
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Español , Madrid, Spain
October 7, 1986
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Additional performances on October 9 & 11, 1986
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

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
Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy
October 22, 1986
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Additional performances on October 23-26, 1986
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Grand Casino de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
November 10, 1986
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Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 11, 1987
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Additional performances on February 12, 17, 20-22 & 26, 1987
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland, OH
May 1, 1987
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Additional performance on May 2, 1987
Works on this program: Ballare, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
February 4, 1988
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Additional performance on March 18, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
March 23, 1988
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Additional performance on March 26, 1988
Works on this program: Bum's Rush, The Fugue, Nine Sinatra Songs

February 4, 1989
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Works on this program: The Fugue, Quartet (premiere)

Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL
February 18, 1989
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Works on this program: Bum's Rush, Quartet, The Fugue, In The Upper Room

Tharp!
New York City Center, New York, NY
September 30, 1997
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Additional performances on October 1-3, 5, 7, 9 & 11-2, 1997
Works on this program: Sweet Fields, The Fugue, Roy's Joys (premiere)

Tharp!
Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
January 21, 1998
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Additional performances on January 24-25, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
April 4, 1998
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Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
April 21, 1998
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Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
Kallang Theatre, Singapore
June 6, 1998
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Additional performance on June 8, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Yemayå

Tharp!
Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
July 28, 1998
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Additional performances on July 29 - August 1, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Yemayá

Tharp!
August 18, 1998
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Additional performances on August 19-22, 1998.
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile
November 22, 1998
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Additional performances on November 24 & 27, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
December 5, 1998
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Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Twyla Tharp Dance
June 18, 2003
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Additional performances on June 19-22, 2003
Works on this program: Junk Duet, The Fugue, Westerly Round, Surfer At The River Styx

Twyla Tharp Dance
Sadler's Wells, London, United Kingdom
July 3, 2003
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Additional performances on July 4 & 5, 2003
Works on this program: Surfer At The River Styx, The Fugue, Junk Duet, Westerly Round

Twyla Tharp Dance
Joyce Theater, New York, NY
July 28, 2003
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McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ
September 25, 2003
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Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York, NY
March 25, 2009
National Theater Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
November 14, 2009
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
February 19, 2010
Connecticut College, New London, CT
April 14, 2011
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
August 16, 2013
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Additional performances on August 17 & 19, 2013

November 12, 2015
Notes:
Additional performances on November 13-15th. Performed in the same program as NINE SINATRA SONGS.
November 15, 2015
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Additional performances on November 13-15th. Performed on the same program as THE FUGUE.
Le Cuvier - CDC d'Aquitaine, Artigues, France
April 7, 2016
The Joyce Theater, New York, NY
September 19, 2017
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3 week season September 19 - October 8, 2017
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