Bach Partita

Bach Partita
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Washington, DC
Dance sections

I. Van Hamel, Tippet with Jaffe, Raffa, Kudo, Carberry, Barbee, Wright, Boggs, Adams

II. Gregory, Bujones with Jaffe, Raffa, Kudo, Carberry, Barbee, Wright, Boggs, Adams

III. Gregory, Van Hamel, Messac, Bujones, Tippet, La Fosse

IV. Messac, La Fosse with Harvey, Fonseca, Yeager, Renvall, Spizzo, Gardner

V. Entire Cast and Allen, Austin, Brown, Carr, Collier, Goldman, Hernandez, Hobart, Katerndahl, Madonia, Moore, Rinehart, Rose, Ryan, Spelman, Stallings

Principals

Cynthia Gregory, Martine Van Hamel, Magali Messac

Fernando Bujones, Clark Tippet, Robert LaFosse

Soloists

Susan Jaffe, Nancy Raffa, Elaine Kudo, Deirdre Carberry, Cynthia Harvey, Cheryl Yeager, Christine Spizzo

Victor Barbee, Craig Wright, Gil Boggs, Brian Adams, Peter Fonseca, Johan Renvall, John Gardner

Chorus

Melissa Allen, Elaine Austin, Gabrielle Brown, Elizabeth Carr, Nancy Collier, Suzanne Goldman, Alina Hernandez, Careen Hobart, Lucette Katerndahl, Valerie Madonia, Kathleen Moore, Lisa Rinehart, Amy Rose, Hilary Ryan, Anna Spelman, Carla Stallings

Total number of dancers
36
Runtime
00:26:45
Other program information

Costumes Executed by Barbara Matera

Bach Partita was choreographed for American Ballet Theatre at a time when the company’s ranks were replete with exceptional artists. This pure-dance ballet is one of Tharp’s largest, created for six principal dancers, fourteen soloists and sixteen corps ballerinas.

Bach’s “Partita No. 2 in D minor” is a pillar in the canon of works for solo violin. It displays not only his knowledge of the instrument, but also the scope of his imagination. In much the same way, the choreography demands technical facility and artistry from every dancer in the cast, principals to corps.

  • Bach Partita
    Messac and LaFosse in performance. ©Martha Swope
  • Bach Partita
    Messac, LaFosse, Gregory, Bujones, Van Hamel and Tippet perform. ©Martha Swope
Video Description

American Ballet Theatre dancers in rehearsal.

Full music program

Partita No.2  in D minor for solo violin (BWV 1004)
Composed by J.S Bach 1717-1723

1. Allemanda
2. Corrente
3. Sarabanda
4. Giga
5. Ciaccona

Music details
Music track
webmusic-bach_partita.mp3
Audio sample

Allemanda
Composed by J.S. Bach

This audio is from the premiere performance at The Kennedy Center on December 9th, 1983

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