Bum's Rush

Bum's Rush
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Melbourne, Australia
Dancers

Elaine Kudo, Amy Spencer, Ellen Troy, Shelley Washington

Jamie Bishton, Gil Boggs, Richard Colton, Kevin O'Day, Tom Rawe, Daniel Sanchez, Kevin Santee

Total number of dancers
11
Runtime
00:19:03

Bum’s Rush is an absurdist ballet structured as a vaudeville show. The piece opens with a man standing alone on a bare stage. As the light comes up, he doubles over in a fit of hysterical laughter. A trio of tramps enters, interspersing their dance with bawdy jokes; a man in squeaking sneakers provides the soundtrack for a duet.

The sections are incongruous and the situations nonrealistic but each serves to extend the theme of miscommunication and the conflict between verbal and physical languages.

A year after Tharp’s company performed Bum’s Rush, American Ballet Theatre produced a revised version of the ballet, featuring an elaborate set and an original score by Dick Hyman.

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    Colton and Washington in the 1989 American Ballet Theatre production. ©Martha Swope
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    Sanchez, Bishton and O'Day in the 1989 American Ballet Theatre production. ©Martha Swope
Video Description

Members of Twyla Tharp Dance in performance.

Full music program

Original music and arrangement by Michel Colombier

In Dahomey
Composed by Percy Grainger
Recorded by Music Historical Society

Blithe Bells (after Bach)
Composed by Percy Grainger
Recorded by Music Historical Society

You Always Hurt the One You Love
Recorded by Spike Jones
Written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
From the Album "Thank You, Music Lovers" - 1960

Cocktails for Two
Recorded by Spike Jones
Written by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston
From the Album "Thank You, Music Lovers" - 1960

None But the Lonely Heart
Recorded by Spike Jones
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Translation by Bill Westbrook
From the Album "Thank You, Music Lovers" - 1960

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New Zealand International Festival of the Arts
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His Majesty's Theatre
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Her Majesty's Theatre
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Victorian Arts Centre
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