"66"

66
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Berkeley, CA
Dance sections

I. Gay Spirits: Full Company

II. Powerhouse: Couple

III. Sexe: Couple and Quartet, Old Man

IV. Istanbul (Not Constantinople): Quartet and Old Man

V. You’re the Top: Couple

VI. Foolin’ Around: Old Man

VII. Spring, Sprang, Sprung: Robinson, Malone, Howard, Stanton, Franke, Rivera and Stahl

VIII. Satan Takes a Holiday: Company

IX. Sleep Walk: Couple

X. Ain't That a Kick in the Head: Couple, Quartet, Trio

Dancers
Total number of dancers
11
Runtime
00:25:10

Taking its name from the famous highway, “66” is an intentionally kitschy portrait of America and its driving culture. The choreography is lighthearted and athletic. Caricatures of roadside personalities – a trio of mechanics, young lovers from a small town – cavort with a dancer encased in a foam Pirelli tire.   

In 1996, after nearly ten years of freelance choreography, Tharp put together a new company of dancers. “66” was one of the first three works she created for them. 

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    Mahoney and Pachciarz (in tire) in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian
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    Company dancers perform. ©Jack Vartoogian
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    Stahl and Robinson in performance. ©Johan Elbers
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    Toshiko Oiwa and company dancers perform. ©Johan Elbers
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    Stahl and Robinson in performance. ©Johan Elbers
Video Description

Company dancers in an excerpt from "Ain't That a Kick in the Head."

Full music program

"Bachelor-pad music by Esquivel and others"

1. Gay Spirits
Written and Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra
From the album "Holiday For Strings"
Released by Capitol Records - 1967

2. Powerhouse
Composed by Raymond Scott
Released by Warner Bros - 1937

3. Sexe
by Line Renaud
From the album "Au Casino de Paris Dans Plaisirs"
Released by Pathé - 1959

4. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Composed by Nat Simon
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by The Four Lads
Released as a single by Columbia Records - 1953

5. You’re the Top
By Cole Porter
From the film "Anything Goes" - 1943

6. Foolin’ Around
Written by Juan Garcia Esquivel
Performed by Esquivel and His Orchestra
From the album Strings Aflame
Released by RCA/Victor - 1959

7. Spring, Sprang, Sprung
Written by Jack Fascinato and K. Snyder
Performed by Jack Fascinato
From the album "Music From The Surplus Store"
Released by Capitol Records - 1959

8. Satan Takes a Holiday
Written by Larry Clinton - 1973

9. Sleep Walk
Written by Santo Johnny and Ann Farina
Performed by Santo & Johnny
Released as a single by Candian-American Records - 1959

10. Ain't That A Kick In The Head?
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Dean Martin
From the film "Ocean's 11" - 1960

Music details
Music track
webmusic-66.mp3
Audio sample

Gay Spirits
Performed by David Rose and His Orchestra

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Wolf Trap
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Edinburgh Playhouse
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Théâtre du Palais-Royal
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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
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Byham Theater
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Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
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Shubert Theatre
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Centennial Hall, University of Arizona
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Wiltern Theatre
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