The Golden Section

The Golden Section
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Austin, TX
Dance sections

I. Five Golden Sections

II. What a Day That Was

III. Big Blue Plymouth

IV. Light Bath

Total number of dancers
13
Runtime
00:16:00

The finale of The Catherine Wheel was first performed as a stand-alone excerpt nearly two years after the Broadway production. In The Golden Section, dancers wear gilded athletic outfits as they soar through the space; the choreography bursts with momentum. There exists between the dancers a spirit of fraternity and trust. The partnering is difficult, even dangerous, and the dancers show their faith in one another by diving in head first, knowing that their partners will be there to catch them.

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    Carrafa, Whitener, Uchida and Washington in The Golden Section as performed in the BBC production of The Catherine Wheel. ©Don Pardue
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    Way and Colton in The Golden Section as performed in the BBC production of The Catherine Wheel. © Paul B. Goode
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    Company dancers in The Golden Section as performed in the BBC production of The Catherine Wheel. © Don Pardue
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    Kellogg and Malashock in The Golden Section as performed in the BBC production of The Catherine Wheel. © Martha Swope
Full music program

1. Five Golden Sections
Written by David Byrne
Basses, Guitars, Triggered Calliope, Vibes by David Byrne
Drums by Yogi Horton
Double Belled Euphonium by Douglas Gray
Gung Chong by John Chernoff

2. What a Day That Was
Written by David Byrne
Bass, Guitars, Synthesizers by David Byrne
Drums by John Cooksey
Congas by Steve Scales

3. Big Blue Plymouth
Written by David Byrne
Vocals, Guitars by David Byrne
Vocals by Sue Halloran
Concert Toms, Drums by Yogi Horton

4. Light Bath
Written by David Byrne
Percussion by John Chernoff
Triggered Flutes by David Byrne

Music details
Music track
webmusic-goldensection.mp3
Audio sample

Five Golden Sections
By David Byrne

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New Zealand International Festival of the Arts
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Canberra Theatre
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The Opera Theatre
Adelaide, Australia
Little Ballet - Assorted Quartets (a.k.a Four Down Under) - Bad Smells - Golden Section | Twyla Tharp Dance
His Majesty's Theatre
Perth, Australia
Little Ballet - Assorted Quartets (a.k.a.Four Down Under) - Bad Smells - Golden Section | Twyla Tharp Dance
Her Majesty's Theatre
Sydney, Australia
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Victorian Arts Centre
Melbourne, Australia
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Auditorium Theater
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University of Texas Bass Concert Hall
Austin, TX