The Fugue

The Fugue
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Amherst, MA
Dancers

Sara Rudner, Twyla Tharp, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
3
Runtime
00:13:00
Other program information

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts Dance Touring Program.

Modeled on "The Musical Offering" by Johann Sebastian Bach, The Fugue consists of a twenty-count theme which is developed into twenty variations. The theme is modified through a number of reversals, inversions, retrogrades and repetitions, re-sequencing and rhythmic manipulations. Each of the three dancers represents a musical register: bass, alto, soprano. The only sound is the dancers' footfalls on an amplified stage.  

The Fugue is the first work intended to become a piece of active repertory. The works that preceded were created as exercises; The Fugue is a culmination of those lessons. It is also the earliest work to be licensed by other dance companies. 

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    Tharp performs at the Delacorte Theater in 1971. ©Milton Oleaga
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    Rudner performs at the Roundhouse in London, 1974. ©Tony Russell
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    Wright, Tharp and Rudner perform at the Roundhouse in London, 1974.  ©Tony Russell
Video Description

Tharp and Wright perform the first variation at the Los Angeles Inner City Theater in 1972. 

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Barbican Centre
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New Zealand International Festival of the Arts
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Canberra Theatre
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The Opera Theatre
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His Majesty's Theatre
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Victorian Arts Centre
Melbourne, Australia
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Playhouse Square Center
Cleveland, OH
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
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Teatro Olimpico
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Teatro Comunale di Firenze
Florence, Italy
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Teatro Español
Madrid, Spain
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Volksbühne
Berlin, Germany
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The Murray Theatre at Ravinia
Highland Park, IL
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The Annenberg Center
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Victory Theatre
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Théâtre des Champs Elysées
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Saratoga Performing Arts Center
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
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University of South Florida
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The Royal Lyceum Theatre
Edinburgh, Scotland
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
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George Washington University Lisner Auditorium
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Harvard University Loeb Drama Center
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Roundhouse
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Williams College
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Brandeis University
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