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Octet

Description

Tharp’s Octet is a short, formal ballet accompanied by Edgar Meyer’s sinewy score. The four women’s roles are powerful, requiring a strong upper back and grounded pointe technique. The ballerinas do not float above the floor, but rather burrow into it as they bourrée across the stage in parallel position. Their male counterparts are sturdy and provide a point of resistance in the isometric partnering.

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  • Company dancers in performance. ©Martha Swope
  • Octet
    Company dancers perform. ©Martha Swope
  • Brown and O'Day perform. ©Martha Swope  

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Company dancers perform in the opening section.
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Music

Music Program:

The Plumed Serpent
Composed by Edgar Meyer - 1991

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
October 4, 1991
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Works on this program: Octet (premiere), Men's Piece (premiere), Deuce Coupe III

Twyla Tharp Dance
New York City Center, New York, NY
January 28, 1992
Twyla Tharp Dance
New York City Center, New York, NY
September 14, 1993
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Additional performances on September 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25, 1993
Works on this program: Fever (premiere), Octet, Demeter & Persephone (preview), In The Upper Room

Twyla Tharp Dance
Palais Garnier, Paris, France
October 12, 1993
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Additional performances on October 14 & 16, 1993
Works on this program: Nine Sinatra Songs, Octet, The Golden Section

Twyla Tharp Dance
Tanz '94, Vienna, Austria
February 24, 1994
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Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA
March 14, 2008
Notes:

Works on this program: Octet, Junk Duet

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