Eight Jelly Rolls

Eight Jelly Rolls
World premiere date
Premiere location place
New York, NY
Dance sections

I. Boogaboo
Wright with Tharp, Rudner

II. Shreveport Stomp
Rudner, Wright

III. Mournful Serenade
Rudner

IV. Black Bottom Stomp
Rudner, Tharp, Wright

V. Smoke House Blues
Rudner, Tharp,  Cohn, Curry, Garcia Lorca, Wright

VI. Strokin’ Away
Tharp and Rudner,  Cohn, Curry, Garcia Lorca, Wright

VII. Blue Blood Blues
Wright and Rudner, Tharp,  Cohn, Curry, Garcia Lorca

VIII. If Someone Would Love Me
Rudner, Tharp, Cohn, Curry, Garcia Lorca, Wright

Dancers

Naomi Cohn, Mary Curry, Isabel Garcia-Lorca, Sara Rudner, Twyla Tharp, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
6
Runtime
00:24:40

Eight Jelly Rolls is Tharp's first work intended for a proscenium stage. Jelly Roll Morton’s original recordings recall the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties as America shook it self loose of stiff European traditions. The comedic timing and slippery flow of movement in the choreography reflects the sense of ease and freedom of the 1920s. Tharp's solo, nicknamed "The Drunk," emphasizes the natural loose-limbed athleticism that became synonymous with her work.

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    The original cast of in the premiere performance.   ©Milton Oleaga
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    Rudner in the penultimate costume design. ©Costas
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    Cast in a promotional photo costumed in the final design, 1974. ©Tony Russell
Video Description

Tharp and dancers in an early performance.

Full music program

1. Boogaboo
By Jelly Roll Morton – 1928

2. Shreveport Stomp
By Jelly Roll Morton
Recorded by Gennet Records – 1924

3. Mournful Serenade
By Jelly Roll Morton – 1928

4. Black Bottom Stomp
By Jelly Roll Morton
Recorded by Viktor Records – 1926

5. Smoke House Blues
By Charles Luke
Arranged by Jelly Roll Morton – 1926

6. Strokin’ Away
By Jelly Roll Morton
Recorded by Viktor Records – 1930

7. Blue Blood Blues
By Jelly Roll Morton – 1928

8. If Someone Would Only Love Me
By Jelly Roll Morton
Recorded by Viktor Records – 1930

Music details
Music track
webmusic-eightjelly.mp3
Audio sample

If Someone Would Only Love Me
By Jelly Roll Morton

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