Heroes

Heroes
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Berkeley, CA
Dance sections

I. Heroes: Jeffrey, Rivera, Robinson and Company

II. Abdulmajid: Jeffrey, Rivera, Robinson and Company

III. Sense of Doubt: Jeffrey, Robinson, Anderson, Mahoney, Quijada

IV. Neuköln: Malone and Jeffrey, Rivera, Robinson, Anderson, Mahoney, Quijada

V. V2 Schneider: Company

Principals
Total number of dancers
11
Runtime
00:27:37

Tharp collaborated with composer Philip Glass for a second time in the creation of Heroes. This work was one of three premieres made for her new company, formed after nearly 10 years working as a freelance choreographer. Glass based his score on the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno. The mood is foreboding; the music sounds of trials yet to come.

Dim lights reveal three male dancers as they move in slow unison across the stage. Deep lunges and firm, wide stances ground their movement. The men remain stable as the full cast enters, hurling themselves through the space.

The trio comes to represent an unusual kind of hero – a constant presence with a firm hand.

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    Philip Glass, Tharp and David Bowie observe a rehearsal. ©Carol Rosegg
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    Robinson, Howard and Stanton perform. ©Jack Vartoogian
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    Toshiko Oiwa, Jeffrey, Rivera and Robinson in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian  
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    Company dancers in a promotional photo. © Richard Avedon Courtesy of the Richard Avedon Foundation
Video Description

Company dancers in dress rehearsal.

Full music program

Symphony no. 4, "Heroes"
Composed by Philip Glass
Based on the album "Heroes", by David Bowie - 1977
Published by Dunvagen Music - 1996

Music details
Music track
webmusic-heroes.mp3
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Teatro Municipal
Santiago, Chile
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Theatro Municipal
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Teatro Alfa Real
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Teatro Castro Alves
Salvador, Brazil
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Teatro Castro Mendes
Campinas, Brazil
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Barbican Centre
London, United Kingdom
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Municipal House
Prague, Czech Republic
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Kallang Theatre
Singapore
Heroes - Yemaya - Baker's Dozen | Tharp!
Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts
Miami, FL
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Shubert Theatre
New Haven, CT
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya (premiere) | Tharp!
Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium
Stanford, CA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Washington University, Edison Theatre
St. Louis, MO
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Capitol Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Grande Auditorio
Lisbon, Portugal
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Teatro Albéniz
Madrid, Spain
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
New York City Center
New York, NY
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Roy's Joy (preview) | Tharp!
Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Edinburgh Playhouse
Edinburgh, Scotland
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Théâtre du Palais-Royal
Paris, France
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sarasota, FL
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Byham Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
The Annenberg Center
Philadelphia, PA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Shubert Theatre
Chicago, IL
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Centennial Hall, University of Arizona
Tuscon, AZ
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Heroes (premiere) - Sweet Fields (premiere) - "66" (premiere) | Tharp!
Zellerbach Auditorium, University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA