Fait Accompli

Fait Accompli
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Austin, TX
Dance sections

Part I:
Freydont, Glasner, Hoon, Kellogg, Rudner, Spencer, Washington, Way
Carrafa, Colton, Kurshals, Malashock, Radford, Rawe, Whitener, Young


Part II:
with Carrafa, Colton, Kurshals, Malashock, Radford, Rawe, Whitener, Young

Total number of dancers

Made for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Fait Accompli is a showcase of strength and athletic endurance. The inspiration for this piece – both the movement quality and the insistent difficulty - came from Tharp’s work with legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas.

The movement is relentless, requiring tenacity and a strong technical foundation. There are no easy parts – the same level of commitment is asked of every dancer in the cast. Fait Accompli points the way to In The Upper Room, which shares this driving spirit. Jennifer Tipton's moving light grid functions as a deus ex machine, disguising the dancers’ entrances and exits through the upstage curtain.

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    Tharp in "Part II." ©Jon Love
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    Tharp (foreground) with Way, Washington, Glasner and Kellogg during a performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1984.   ©Beatriz Schiller
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    The men in "Part II" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1984.  ©Tom Caravaglio
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Tharp and company dancers in performance.

Full music program

These Things Happen (Album)
Composed by David Van Tieghem for Fait Accompli
Recorded by Warner Bros. Records Inc. - 1984

1. Number One/Hunted Animals
2. Men's Line/The Women
3. Remote Viewing
4. Beyond Knowledge and Power
5. Untitled/These Things Happen
6. Boxing
7. The Skyway/Scavengers/Two Worlds
8. Dark Passage/Phantom Power/Fait Accompli


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Hunted Animals / Men's Line
By David Van Tieghem

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