Grosse Sonate

Grosse Sonate
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Durham, NC
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General Manager: Jesse Huot
Company Manager: Timothy Grassel
Stage Manager: Alison Brummer

Grosse Sonate is a quartet for two men and two women; two modern dancers and two ballet dancers. Tharp maximizes the diversity of the cast and the movement options they bring. The dancing is courageous and moves through the architecture of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata with power and determination. The dancers jump off the wooden panels placed upstage - soundboards bouncing the dancers back towards the audience.

Grosse Sonate is a celebration of dance, the commitment it requires and the satisfaction it returns. 

  • Grosse Sonate
    Malone, Robinson, Caddell and Lund perform. © Bruce R. Feeley
  • Grosse Sonate
    Robinson, Caddell and Lund in performance. © Bruce R. Feeley
Full music program

Hammerklavier, or, Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

1. Allegro
2. Scherzo: Assai vivace
3. Adagio sostenuto
4. Introduzione: Largo - Fuga: Allegro risoluto

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Scherzo: Assai vivace
Performed by Maurizzio Pollini

Grosse Sonate (premiere) - The One Hundreds | Tharp!
Duke University, Page Auditorium
Durham, NC