Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After
World premiere date
Premiere location place
New York, NY
Commissioner
Dance sections

I. Texas Quickstep
   Fifty Year Ago Waltz
   Rat Cheese Under the Hill
   Cacklin' Hen and Rooster Too
   Katy Did
   Took My Gal A-Walkin'
   Fresno Blues
   Alabama Jubilee
      Danced by: Rawe, Way, Washington, Uchida

II. Billy In the Low Ground
      Danced by: deAngelo

III. I'm Sad and Blue
   A Corn Licker Still in Georgia
   Good Bye Little Bonnie
   Alabama Jubilee
      Danced by: Anderson, Messmer, Rodriguez, Sultzbach

   Lost Child
      Danced by: Rawe, Way, Washington, Uchida

   Reprise
      Danced by: Anderson, Messmer, Rodriguez, Sultzback

IV. Cacklin' Hen and Rooster Too
      Danced by: Wright, Chryst, Colton, Hilding, Rawe, Whitener

Dancers

The Joffrey Ballet:
Ann Marie D'AngeloCynthia Anderson, Carol Messmer, Beatriz Rodriguez

Russell SutlzbachGary ChrystRichard ColtonJerel Hilding, William Whitener

Twyla Tharp Dance:
Tom Rawe, Christine Uchida, Shelley Washington, Jennifer Way, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
14
Runtime
00:11:45
Other program information

From the original program: "Rose Marie Wright, Tom Rawe, Jennifer Way, Shelley Washington and Christine Uchida are making a guest appearance through the courtesy of the Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation Inc.

Twyla Tharp, Artistic Director
Rhoda Grauer, Executive Director."

Happily Ever After was the second work to merge Tharp’s company with The Joffrey Ballet. Whereas Deuce Coupe meshed the groups into a single cast, Happily Ever After presented each company separately. The opening section was performed by Tharp dancers; the following by Joffrey. The two companies performed together only once, in the fourth and final section. 

Set to a suite of bluegrass songs, this work expands the energetic partnering of Country Dances, while incorporating unison group phrases and a long female solo.

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    Tharp performs "Billy In The Low Ground" in a later performance. ©Twyla Tharp
Video Description

Tharp performs "Billy In The Low Ground" during the taping of Making Television Dance.

Full music program

Live Music By:
Homer (Pappy) Sherrill and Snuffy Jenkins
with their band "The Hired Hands," featuring Harold Lucas and Kenny Meggs.

Texas Quickstep
Fifty Year Ago Waltz
Rat Cheese Under the Hill
Cacklin' Hen an Rooster Too
Katy Did
Took My Gal A-Walkin'
Fresno Blues
Billy In the Low Ground
I'm Sad and Blue
A Corn Licker Still in Georgia
Good Bye Little Bonnie
Alabama Jubilee
Lost Child
Reprise
Cacklin' Hen and Rooster Too

Music details
Music track
webmusic-happilyeverafter.mp3
Audio sample

Billy In The Low Ground
By The Hired Hands

Happily Ever After (premiere) | The Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance
New York City Center
New York, NY