Baker's Dozen

Baker's Dozen
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Brooklyn, NY
Dance sections

I. Relaxin’

II. Echoes of Spring

III. Tango à la Caprice

IV. Concentrating

V. Relaxin’

Dancers

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

Total number of dancers
12
Runtime
00:13:30

Much of the choreography in Baker’s Dozen was created for the Hollywood production of Hair, but was not included in the final edit. “I was thinking a lot about economy [after filming]. Nothing should be squandered or disregarded,” Tharp recounts in Confessions of a Cornermaker (1981). “As in nature, all things would be recycled and would accrue.” Rather than leave it on the cutting room floor, Tharp repurposed the movement and set it to compositions by Willie “The Lion” Smith – music she had been dancing to for nearly a decade. 

Baker’s Dozen embodies this sense of economy and integration, which is closely tied to Tharp’s Indiana Quaker roots. The movement expresses harmony, playfulness and easy virtuosity. The structure is based on multiples of twelve: six duets, four trios, three quartets, two sextets, and finally twelve solos – reinforcing the Quaker values of the individual’s importance to the community. 


Baker's Dozen exemplifies the harmony in "A Peaceable Kingdom," by Quaker artist Edward Hicks.

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    Wright, Ferro, Rawe and Way in a publicity photo. ©Herbert Migdoll
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    Ferro, Washington and Carrafa in a publicity photo. ©Jack Mitchell
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    Company dancers in an outdoor rehearsal: Colton, Sara Rudner, Carrafa, Way, Rawe, Mayotte, Whitener, Washington, Kurshals, Uchida, Ferro, Wright. ©Twyla Tharp
Video Description

Company dancers in studio rehearsal and performance.

Full music program

1. Relaxin’
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

2. Echo of Spring
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith - 1939
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

3. Tango A La Caprice
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
Copyright 1939
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

4. Concentratin’
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

5. Relaxin’
Composed by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
Transcribed and Performed by Dick Hyman

Music details
Music track
webmusic-bakersdozen.mp3
Audio sample

Relaxin'
Performed by Dick Hyman

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