After All

After All
World premiere date
Premiere location place
New York, NY
Commissioner
Dance sections

I. Grave

II. Allegro

III. Andante

Soloists
Runtime
00:07:15

Shortly after winning the ‘76 Olympic Gold Medal, ice skater John Curry commissioned Tharp to create After All, an ice dance that explores the weight and rhythm shifts possible in dance, yet unexplored in competitive figure skating.

In the first section, the skating mirrors the musical embellishments in Albinoni’s Baroque concerto but holds fast to the compulsory school figures, now no longer judged in competition. The final action of the piece is a long, gliding balance. With a single push on one skate, Curry coasts around the entire perimeter of the rink. He arrives at the center of the ice just as the momentum dissipates and the final note diminishes.

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    Curry in performance. ©Johan Elbers
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    Tharp and Curry during a rehearsal at Madison Square Garden. ©Johan Elbers
Video Description

Curry in excerpts from "I. Grave" and "II. Allegro."

Full music program

Sonata no. 11 in B minor: Concerto Saint Marc
Composed by Tomaso Albinoni

Music details
Music track
webmusic-afterall.mp3
Audio sample

I. Grave
Composed by Tomaso Albinoni

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