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Sweet Fields

Description

Sweet Fields is one of three works premiered by Tharp’s new company, which she formed after nearly 10 years of working as a freelance choreographer. The dance is set to a suite of early American hymns, most of which were composed around the time of the Revolutionary War.

In reference to the Shaker tradition, the men and women are separated, making physical contact in only one section. The choreography is grounded in basic locomotion such as hops, skips and turns. The movement is purposeful and unadorned. Dancers cross the stage with loping steps and move in simple, geometric patterns – circles, chevrons, lines. Dressed simply in white costumes by Norma Kamali, the dancers form an egalitarian community.

Photos

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    Stanton in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian
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    Rivera, Stanton and Stahl perform. ©Jack Vartoogian  
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    Company dancers in performance. ©Johan Elbers
  • Company dancers in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian

Video

Company dancers in an excerpt from "Jordan."
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Music

Music Program:

"Hymns from William Billings, the Shaker tradition, and The Sacred Harp"

Thomas Town
Written by William Billings
From the album "Ghoostly Psalmes"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

Chester
Written by William Billings
From the album "Ghoostly Psalmes"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

 

Chesterfield
Written by William Billings
From the album "Ghoostly Psalmes"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

Come Life, Shaker Life
Traditional
Performed by the Boston Camerata, the Schola Cantorum of Boston and Shakers of Sabbathday Lake
Conducted by Joel Cohen
From the album "Simple Gifts"
Published by Erato

Virgins Clothed In A Clean White Garment...
Traditional
Performed by the Boston Camerata, the Schola Cantorum of Boston and Shakers of Sabbathday Lake
Conducted by Joel Cohen
From the album "Simple Gifts"
Published by Erato

Sweet Prospect
Written by William Walker
From the album "Rivers of Delight"
Published by Elektra/Nonesuch Records

Jordan
Written by William Billings
Performed by His Majestie's Clerkes
Conducted by Paul Hillier
From "A Land Of Pure Delight"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

Brevity
Written by Abraham Woods 
Performed by His Majestie's Clerkes
Conducted by Paul Hillier
From the album "Ghoostly Psalmes"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

New Jerusalem
Written by Jeremiah Ingalls
From "Rivers Of Delight"
Performed by the Word of Mouth Chorus
Published by Elektra/Nonsuch Records

Northfield
Written by Jeremiah Ingalls
From "Rivers Of Delight"
Performed by the Word of Mouth Chorus
Published by Elektra/Nonsuch Records

Audio Sample: 

Brevity
Performed by His Majestie's Clerkes

Performance History

Tharp!
September 20, 1996
Notes:

Premiere performances of: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"
Additional performances on September 21-22, 1996

Tharp!
Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
September 27, 1996
Notes:

Additional performance on September 28, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
October 2, 1996
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Shubert Theatre, Chicago, IL
October 9, 1996
Notes:

Additional performances on October 10-12, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
October 29, 1996
Notes:

Additional performances on October 30 - November 2, 1996
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
The Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
January 7, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on January 8-12, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

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Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
January 25, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
January 29, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris, France
July 26, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on July 27-29, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

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Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
August 11, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on August 12-13, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 18, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 19, 1997
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Roy's Joys (preview)

Tharp!
New York City Center, New York, NY
September 30, 1997
Notes:

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!
New York City Center, New York, NY
October 4, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on October 5, 8 & 10-12, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

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Teatro Albéniz, Madrid, Spain
November 4, 1997
Notes:

Additional performances on November 5-8, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

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Grande Auditorio, Lisbon, Portugal
November 10, 1997
Notes:

Additional performance on November 11, 1997
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

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Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
January 20, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on January 22-23, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
January 21, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on January 24-25, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
February 28, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on March 1, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
March 13, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on March 14, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá (premiere)

Tharp!
Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT
March 20, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on March 21, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
April 4, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
April 21, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
Kallang Theatre, Singapore
June 7, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

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Municipal House, Prague, Czech Republic
June 24, 1998
Notes:

Additional perfromance on June 25, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
August 4, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on August 5-8, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, "66"

Tharp!
August 18, 1998
Notes:

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

Tharp!
Teatro Castro Mendes, Campinas, Brazil
November 8, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Castro Alves, Salvador, Brazil
November 10, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Alfa Real, Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 13, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on November 14-15, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 18, 1998
Notes:

Additional performance on November 19, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile
November 21, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on November 23 & 25-26, 1998
Works on this program: Heroes, Sweet Fields, Yemayá

Tharp!
Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile
November 22, 1998
Notes:

Additional performances on November 24 & 27, 1998
Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Tharp!
December 5, 1998
Notes:

Works on this program: Roy's Joys, The Fugue, Sweet Fields

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
October 10, 2008
Purchase College, Purchase, NY
May 15, 2011
March 9, 2012
The Geoff Gibbs Theatre, Perth, Australia
May 23, 2012
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
September 28, 2012
Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, MI
March 8, 2013
May 20, 2013
Notes:

Excerpt performed by students of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as part of a National Tribute to Sally Ride

The Theresa Lang Theatre, New York, NY
May 8, 2014
Notes:

Additional Performances on May 9, 10 (mat & eve), 15, 16, 17 (mat & eve).

February 13, 2015
Notes:

Additional performances on February 14th and 15th.

February 27, 2015
Notes:

Additional performances on February 28th and March 1st.

March 20, 2015
Notes:

Additional performances on March 21st and 22nd. 

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