Americans We

Americans We
World premiere date
Premiere location place
New York, NY
Dance sections

I. Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms:
Kent, Hill, Dunham, Askegard, McKerrow, Maynard, Roberts and Fagundes, Lewis, Lynn, Scala, Wilder, Fagan, Grothman, Hyde, Pierce, Reeder

II. Circus Bee, Rolling Thunder:
Renvall with Maynard, Roberts and Fagundes, Lewis, Lynn, Scala, Wilder, Fagan, Grothman, Hyde, Pierce, Reeder

III. Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair:
Jaffe, Brown, Dunn, Martin, O'Connor, Barbee, Brown, Martin, Kent, Hill, Dunham, Askegard, McKerrow, Maynard, Roberts and Owen

IV. The Old Folks Quadrille: 
Brown, Dunn, Martin, O'Connor, Barbee, Brown, Martin and Owen, Fagundes, Lewis, Lynn, Scala, Wilder, Fagan, Grothman, Hyde, Pierce, Reeder

V. The Glendy Burk:
Renvall, Barbee, Brown, Fagan, Grothman, Hyde, Martin, Pierce, Reeder

VI. Hard Times, Come Again No More:
Jaffe, Kent, Hill, Dunham, Askegard, McKerrow, Maynard, Roberts and Owen, Brown, Ferrel, Fagundes, Lewis, Lynn, Martin, O'Connor, Scala, Barbee, Brown, Fagan, Grothman, Hyde, Martin, Pierce, Reeder

VII. Moto Perpetuo, Opus 11:
Jaffe, Renvall, Kent, Hill, Dunham, Askegard, McKerrow, Maynard, Roberts 

VIII. Americans We:
Company

Principals

Susan Jaffe

Michael Owen, Johan Renvall

Ensemble

Christina Fagundes, Denise Lewis, Veronica Lynn, Valentina Scala, Amy Wilder

Jonathan Fagan, Mark Grothman, Steven Hyde, Benjamin Pierce, Brian Reeder

Runtime
00:27:30
Other program information

Conductor: Jack Everly
Assistant to Twyla Tharp: Shelley Washington Whitman

Bass-Baritone: David Ripley
Cornet: John Hagstrom
Cornet: Frederick Marcellus

During a residency at the Kennedy Center in 1994, Tharp began work on a series of phrases that later evolved into Americans We, a work for American Ballet Theatre.

The choreography is quick and lively. Tharp’s distinctive combination of folk, popular and classical forms is decidedly American – a melting pot of movement. The music, rooted in the works of songwriter Stephen Foster, infuses the ballet with the nineteenth century nationalism of the pre-Civil War era.

  • Americans We
    Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella in a publicity photo for the 1996 restaging. ©Roy Round
  • Americans We
    Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella in a publicity photo for the 1996 restaging. ©Roy Round  
Video Description

Members of Twyla Tharp Dance in an early version of Americans We, followed by an excerpt featuring members of American Ballet Theatre. 

Full music program

"Suite of Nineteenth Century American Favorites"

1. Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms: Traditional

2. Circus Bee, Rolling Thunder
Composed by Henry Filmore

3. Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
Composed by Stephen Foster

4. The Old Folks Quadrille
Composed by Stephen Foster

5. The Glendy Burk
Composed by Stephen Foster

6. Hard Times, Come Again No More
Composed by Stephen Foster

7. Moto Perpetuo, Opus 11
Composed by Niccolo Paganini

8. Americans We
Composed by Henry Filmore

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