The Bix Pieces

The Bix Pieces
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Los Angeles, CA
Dance sections

Part One: The Bix Pieces

Part Two:  Why They Were Made

Part Three: Once Again  

Dancers

Isabel Garcia-Lorca, Kenneth Rinker, Sara Rudner, Twyla Tharp, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
5
Runtime
00:28:20
Other program information

Performed on November 11, 1971 in Paris under the title True Confessions by Twyla Tharp, Sara Rudner, Rose Marie Wright, Isabel Garcia-Lorca, Kenneth Rinker, Mary Curry and Naomi Cohn.

The Bix Pieces is Tharp's first theatrical dance work combining dance, music and spoken dramatic text. The legato movement slips from section to section, building from solo to duet, trio to quartet.  A speaker onstage delivers a scripted lecture-demonstration, written by Tharp, while the dancers perform the final section.  

Video of the first performance of The Bix Pieces in Paris exists in the archives, along with hundreds of hours of undigitized rehearsal and performance footage. See The Bix Pieces on Camera 3 for a later recording.

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    Rudner and Tharp perform at the Roundhouse in London in 1974.  ©Tony Russell
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    Tharp performs in Paris in 1971. ©H. Gloaguen
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    Garcia-Lorca, Tharp, Wright and Rudner perform at the Delacorte Theatre in 1972. ©William Pierce  
Full music program

1.  In The Mist
By Bix Beiderbecke - 1927 
From the Album "The Bix Beiderbecke Story, Vol.3, Whiteman Days"
Published by EMI

2. 'Tain't So Honey, 'Tain't So
By Willard Robinson - 1928
Performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Published by Columbia Records

3. That's My Weakness Now
By Bud Green and Sam Stept - 1928
Performed by The Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Published by Columbia Records

4. Borneo
By Walter Donaldson
Performed by Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra  
Published by Okeh Records

5. Because My Baby Don't Mean Maybe Now
By Walter Donaldson - 1928
Performed by The Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Published by Columbia Records

6. I Want To Be Happy
By Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
For the musical "No, No, Nanette" - 1925 
Published by Columbia Records

7. OPUS 76 no. 3 Adagio
Composed by Joseph Haydn - 1796

8. Abide With Me
By William Henry Monk and Henry Francis Lyte - 1847
Performed by Thelonius Monk
Published by Riverside Records

Music details
Music track
webmusic-bixpieces.mp3
Audio sample

That's My Weakness Now
Performed by The Paul Whiteman Orchestra

The Bix Pieces - Assorted Quartets - Short Stories - Baker's Dozen | Twyla Tharp Dance
Winter Garden Theatre
New York, NY
The Hodge Podge - Mud - The Bix Pieces | Twyla Tharp Dance
Walker Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN
Mud - The Fugue - The Bix Pieces | Twyla Tharp Dance
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn, NY
The Hodge Podge (premiere) - Simon Medley (premiere) - Mud (premiere) - The Bix Pieces | Twyla Tharp Dance
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn, NY
The Bix Pieces - Eight Jelly Rolls - The Fugue | Twyla Tharp Dance
Roundhouse
London, United Kingdom
The Raggedy Dances - The One Hundreds - The Bix Pieces - Eight Jelly Rolls | Twyla Tharp Dance
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
The Raggedy Dances - The Fugue - The Bix Pieces - Eight Jelly Rolls | Twyla Tharp Dance
Williams College
Williamston, MA
The Raggedy Dances - The Fugue - The Bix Pieces - Eight Jelly Rolls | Twyla Tharp Dance
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
Eight Jelly Rolls - The One Hundreds - The Bix Pieces | Twyla Tharp Dance
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
The Raggedy Dances - The One Hundreds - The Bix Pieces | Twyla Tharp Dance
Lisner Auditorium
Washington, DC
The Bix Pieces - The Raggedy Dances | Twyla Tharp Dance
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA
The Bix Pieces | Twyla Tharp Dance
Shubert Theatre
New Haven, CT
The Bix Pieces - The Raggedy Dances - The One Hundreds | Twyla Tharp Dance
Walker Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN
The Bix Pieces - The Raggedy Dances (preview) | Twyla Tharp Dance
The Delacorte Theater
New York, NY
Torelli - The Bix Pieces (premiere) - The Fugue | Twyla Tharp Dance
Inner City Theater
Los Angeles, CA
The One Hundreds - The Bix Pieces (preview) | Twyla Tharp and Dancers
Galerie Theatre, Theatre de la Cite Internationale
Paris, France