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Push Comes To Shove

Description

American Ballet Theatre commissioned Push Comes To Shove for their newest premier danseur Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The central male character introduced in the prelude carries the easy ragtime feeling throughout the work.  He serves as a master of ceremonies, leading his company of dancers in Haydn’s Symphony No. 82.

Tharp had previously created works for her modern dance company that wedded classical and popular music styles, but Push Comes To Shove marks the first such work ever presented by a major ballet company.

Photos

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  • Push Comes To Shove
    Baryshnikov performs in the opening section. ©Martha Swope
  •  Baryshnikov and Tcherkassy with the corps de ballet. ©Martha Swope
  • Principal dancers with the corps de ballet in performance. ©Martha Swope

Video

An excerpt from the first run-through in the American Ballet Theatre studios.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Bohemia Rag
Composed by Joseph Lamb
Published by Stark Music Co. – 1919

2. Vivace Assai
From “Symphony No. 82 in C Major”
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn – 1786

3. Allegretto
From “Symphony No. 82 in C Major”
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn – 1786

4. Menuet e Trio
From “Symphony No. 82 in C Major”
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn – 1786

5. Vivace
From “Symphony No. 82 in C Major”
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn – 1786

Audio Sample: 

Bohemia Rag
by Joseph Lamb

Performance History

Uris Theatre, New York, NY
January 9, 1976
Notes:

Premiere performance
Additional performances during the January 1976 season

Los Angeles, CA
March 7, 1976
Uris Theatre, New York, NY
May 18, 1978
Wang Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
January 31, 1984
Wang Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
February 2, 1984
Notes:
Palais Garnier, Paris, France
June 20, 1991
Notes:

Additional performances June 21-29, 1991.

New York City Center, New York, NY
October 29, 1999
Notes:

Works on this program: Junk Duet, Push Comes To Shove

November 2, 1999
Notes:

Additional performance on November 3, 1999

The Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
October 12, 2000
Notes:

Additional performances on October 20 & 28, 2000
Works on this program: Push Comes To Shove, In The Upper Room

Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA
October 28, 2008
March 26, 2009
Notes:

Additional performances on March 27-29, 2009

Harman Hall, Washington, DC
May 19, 2010
Notes:

Additional performances on May 20-23, 2010

March 25, 2011
Notes:

Additional performances on March 26 & 27, 2011

February 23, 2012
Notes:

Additional performances on February 23-26, 2012
Works on this program: Push Comes To Shove, Surfer At The River Styx, Nine Sinatra Songs

Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA
February 7, 2013