Sara Rudner remembers seeing Unprocessed:  "I did see a performance in the gallery all those years ago. I remember...[Twyla] dancing some difficult bit...Margie would remember more. She is the memory bank."  

Margaret Jenkins writes, "I remember Unprocessed as a work in which I was bound in elastic and had to slowly peel it off and then walk down some steps at Hunter, and eventually crack an egg on the floor and continue doing a backwards sommersault." 

A large cellophane canopy rustles and billows overhead, accompanying the dancers. The dance ends when the canopy descends and covers the dancers: a final curtain trapping the performers and stilling the movement.  


  • Unprocessed
    Tharp rehearses at Hunter College. ©Robert Barry

Performance History

Twyla Tharp and Dancers
December 1, 1965

Additional performances December 2 & 3, 1965
Works on this program: Cede Blue Lake (premiere), Unprocessed (premiere)

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