Chapters And Verses

Chapters and Verses
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Hartford, CT
Dance sections

I. The Hard Circus
Way, Uchida, Colton, Ferro, Mayotte, Carrafa, Rudner

II. Parts From The Boy's Education

A. Calisthetics
Rawe, Kurshals, Ferro, Whitener, Mayotte

B. Fire
Wright, Rawe, Way, Washington, Uchida, Kurshals, Colton, Ferro, Whitener, Mayotte,Carrafa

C. Mickey Mouse
Uchida, Kurshals, Ferro, Whitener, Mayotte

III. Street From The Night Before
Rudner, Wright, Rawe, Way, Washington, Uchida, Kurshals, Colton, Ferro, Whitener, Mayotte, Carrafa


John Carrafa, Richard Colton, Anthony Ferro, Raymond Kurshals, France Mayotte, Tom Rawe, Sara Rudner, Christine Uchida, Shelley Washington, Jennifer Way, William Whitener, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
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From original program: "Three sections extracted from a larger piece, these dances could be considered in the same manner as short stories released before a completed novel. Work on this piece was begun during a company residency sponsored by Boston University in the summer of 1978. The production and recording of "Us Together" by John Simon was made possible by a grant from the David Merrick Arts Foundation."

Chapters And Verses is based on theatrical forms developed by the Federal Theatre Project during The Great Depression. Utilizing text, props and dance, the piece is a portrait of a group of teenagers growing up in a post-Vietnam, Walt Disney America. Chapters And Verses premiered after the filming of Hair was completed and is the precursor to Tharp's 1980 Broadway production, When We Were Very Young.

  • Chapters and Verses
    Ferro, Whitener, Uchida and Kurshals in performance. ©Twyla Tharp
  • Chapters and Verses
    Company dancers in performance. ©Johan Elbers
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Brief excerpts of company dancers in dress rehearsal.

Full music program

1. Pride of America
Composed by Edwin Franko Goldman
Date unknown

2. Ain't Got No Home
Written by Clarence Frogman Henry - 1956
Recorded by The Band
Released by Capitol Records – 1973

3. The Mickey Mouse Club Opening March
Composed by Jimmy Dodd
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation – 1955

4. Us Together
Written by John Simon and Twyla Tharp – 1979 

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Us Together
By John Simon and Twyla Tharp

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