The opening section of Torelli is a unison presentation of eight fundamental movement phrases in silence. Each dancer then takes his or her place in a pool of light and music plays to indicate the start of the second section, wherein the eight phrases are manipulated and restructured on the spot. At the Galerie Theatre in Paris, the audience was encouraged to walk amongst the dancers, viewing the performance from within, as well as from the perimeter of the performance space. This work was first performed as the opening section of Sunrise/Noon/Sundown, in Fort Tryon Park, 1971.
Torelli is one of the works in the Tharp repertory that has evolved into a pedagogical project for dancers. It explores ways in which given material can be manipulated and encourages instinctive decision-making skills.
Presented during a semester-long workshop
Additional performances on December 6 (eve) & 7 (mat & eve), 2013
Additional performances on February 15 & 16.