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Sue's Leg

Description

Sue's Leg is named for and dedicated to Sue Weil, who sponsored the company's residencies at the St. Paul Civic Center in Minnesota. The dance was built during one of these residencies over the course of a month. All rehearsals were open to the public free of charge for the entire creation and rehearsal process.

Risky partnering and complex counterbalances enhance the theatrical tension in the movement vocabulary. The illusion of the dancers' unconcerned attitude is heightened by the technical difficulty in Tharp's choreography. 

On the night of the premiere, the dance was performed twice: once to open the show and again to close it. The first performance was fully produced with lights and costumes, which are exact replicas of the dancers' own rehearsal clothes but in rich fabrics. The second performance was presented in the original rehearsal clothes under work lights. Presenting the work twice served to lay bare the choreography, outside of the theatrical elements of lights and costume.

Photos

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  • Rawe, Tharp, Wright and Rinker perform in rehearsal clothes. ©Bill Davis
  • Rawe, Tharp, Wright and Rinker perform in costume. ©Tom Berthiaume

Video

Tharp, Wright, Rawe and Rinker perform at Town Hall in New York City.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Please Take Me Out Of Jail
Written and Composed by Fats Waller
Published by Viktor Recordings – 1927

2. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields – 1928
Recorded by Fats Waller for Viktor Recordings – 1938

3. Fat and Greasy
Written by Porter Grainger and Charlie Johnson
Recorded by Fats Waller for RCA – 1935

4. Tea for Two
Written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar – 1925
Recorded by Fats Waller for HMV – 1935

5. Ain’t Misbehavin’
Written by Andy Razaf, Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Published by Viktor recordings – 1929

6. I’m Living in a Great Big Way
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
For the Musical “Hooray for Love” starring Fats Waller – 1935

7. In The Gloaming
Written by Annie Fortescue Harrison and Meta Orred – 1877
Recorded by Fats Waller for Viktor Recordings – 1938

8. I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed
Written by Ted Koehler and Jimmy McHugh
For the Film “King of Burlesque” starring Fats Waller – 1936

Audio Sample: 

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
By Fats Waller

Performance History

Twyla Tharp Dance
St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN
February 21, 1975
Notes:

Additional performance on February 22, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg (premiere), The Double Cross (premiere), Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
February 28, 1975
Notes:

Additional performance on March 1, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, The Double Cross, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Town Hall, New York, NY
April 9, 1975
Notes:

Works on this program: Sue's Leg, The Double Cross, Bach Duet

Twyla Tharp Dance
Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, Italy
June 22, 1975
Notes:

Additional performances on June 24 & 26-28, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, The One Hundreds (excerpt), Bach Duet, Ocean's Motion (premiere)

Twyla Tharp Dance
July 11, 1975
Notes:

Additional performance on July 12, 1975
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, The One Hundreds (excerpt), Bach Duet, Ocean's Motion

Twyla Tharp Dance
Municipal Auditorium, Austin, TX
September 10, 1975
Notes:

Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Bach Duet, The Rags Suite (premiere), Ocean's Motion

Twyla Tharp Dance
Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
September 13, 1975
Notes:

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
Notes:

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
March 27, 1976
Notes:

Additional performances on March 28, 31 & April 1-2, 1976
Works on this program: Give and Take, The Rags Suite, Bach Duet, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 4, 1976
Notes:

Additional performance on September 6, 1976
Works on this program: Give and Take, The Rags Suite, Sue's Leg, Bach Duet

Twyla Tharp Dance
October 2, 1976
Notes:

Works on this program: Country Dances, From Hither and Yon, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
May 13, 1977
Notes:

Additional performances on May 14 & 15, 1977
Works on this program: Country Dances, Cacklin' Hen, The One Hundreds, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
July 25, 1977
Notes:
Twyla Tharp Dance
August 2, 1977
Notes:

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
Notes:

Works on this program: Chapters And Verses (premiere), 1903 (premiere), The Fugue, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
February 17, 1979
Notes:

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
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
July 28, 1980
Notes:

Additional performances on July 30 & August 1, 1980
Works on this program: Country Dances, Brahms Paganini, Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
October 15, 1982
Notes:

Works on this program: Bad Smells (premiere), Nine Sinatra Songs (premiere), Sue's Leg

Twyla Tharp Dance
November 8, 1983
Notes:

Additional performances November 9-13, 1983
Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Telemann, Nine Sinatra Songs

Twyla Tharp Dance
Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL
February 26, 1984
Notes:

Works on this program: Sue's Leg, Baker's Dozen, Nine Sinatra Songs

July 3, 2009
Notes:

Additional performance on July 4, 2009