For the premiere of Re-Moves, the audience was seated around three sides of the performance space. Along the fourth side hung a curtain, under the balcony in the Judson Church. The title Re-Moves has a dual meaning: the first 'to move again,' and the second 'to subtract'. The dance addresses this first meaning with long stretches of locomotive movement, which are painstakingly repeated. The second meaning is reflected in the diminishing of the audience's view of the dancers as they continually move out of sight.  

In a 1993 interview, Tharp described the dance world circa 1966:  "You have camps in dance - you have the shod camp and unshods. The unshods are the modern dancers. They wear nothing on their feet - Merce, Martha, Paul – bare feet. Then you have the ballet camp: they wear shoes on their feet. We were transitional. We wore one white glove and one white sneaker."

In the first section, the dancers measure out the length and depth of the Judson floor by stepping heel-to-toe around the entire perimeter.

Pages 14 and 19 out of 51*

During the second section the dancers move through the drawn curtain upstage, obscuring half of the movement from the audience's view.

Pages 42 and 43 of 51*

Before the third section begins, a very large, eight-foot high wooden box is carried in and assembled in the center of the room, limiting the performance space to the lanes between the audience and the walls of the box. The audience can now only see what is performed directly in front of them as the dancers circumvent the box. 

Page 51 of 51*

For the final section, the dancers enter the box and rehearse an unfinished dance in silence. The dancers are no longer performing the piece that the audience came to see, and are doing so completely out of the audience's sight.

*Original choreographic notes for Re-Moves. 


  • Tharp performs in the third section. ©Stanley Tharp  
  • Tharp and Jenkins in the opening section. ©Robert Barry
  • Tharp and Rudner rehearse the opening section. ©Robert Barry

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY
October 29, 1966

Additional performances on October 30 & 31, 1966
Works on this program: Re-Moves (premiere), Twelve Foot Change (premiere), Tank Dive

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Pulchri Studio, The Hague, Netherlands
February 23, 1967
Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Stadsschowburg Heerlen, Heerlen, Netherlands
February 25, 1967
Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Sigma Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
February 26, 1967

Additional performances on February 27 & 28, 1967

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 1, 1967

Works on this program:  Re-Moves, Jam

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
March 3, 1967

Additional performance on March 4, 1967
Works on this program: Cede Blue Lake, Twelve Foot Change, Jam, One, Two, Three, Re-Moves

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
London School for Contemporary Dance, London, United Kingdom
March 6, 1967

Additional performance on March 9, 1967
Works on this program: Cede Blue Lake, Unprocessed, Re-Moves

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
University of Albany, Albany, NY
April 17, 1969

Works on this program: After 'Suite', Re-Moves

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

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

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