The Hodge Podge

Hodge Podge
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Brooklyn, NY
Dance sections

I. Stars and Stripes
From Give and Take – 1976

II. Eggs and Hoop
From Re-Moves – 1966

III. Three Costumes by Robert Huot
Generation – 1967
One Way – 1967
Forevermore – 1976

IV. The Egg Stories by Jeffrey Moss
Monologue by Paul Simon
From In the Beginnings – 1974

V. Blackout
From Disperse – 1967

VI. Adagio
From Medley – 1969

VII. The Home Phrase
From Dancing in the Streets – 1969

VIII. Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover
Premiere

IX. Simon Medley
Premiere

Dancers

Twyla Tharp, Sara Rudner, Rose Marie Wright, Tom Rawe, Jennifer Way, Shelley Washington, Christine Uchida, Raymond KurshalsRichard Colton, Joseph Lennon

with live music by Paul Simon

Total number of dancers
10
Runtime
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The Hodge Podge is a compendium piece, containing excerpts from Give And Take as well as a number of pedestrian elements from Tharp’s earlier works: eggs were dropped (Re-Moves), a chair smashed (Disperse) and the dancers swapped clothing while reading aloud from a book (Dancing In The Streets...).

The final two sections were premieres set to the music of Paul Simon. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, a solo for Tharp, was accompanied live by Simon. The solo introduced Simon Medley, which was performed immediately after to four of Simon’s recordings.

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    Rawe, Wright (reading), Washington, Lennon, Kurshals and Colton perform "The Home Phrase" from Dancing in the Streets... ©Lois Greenfield
Full music program

In program order:

1. Stars and Stripes Forever
Composed by John Phillip Sousa – 1897

2. Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover
By Paul Simon
From the Album “Still Crazy After All These Years”
Released by Columbia Records – 1975

3. Me And Julio Down By The School Yard
By Paul Simon
From the Album “Paul Simon”
Released by Columbia Records – 1972

4. One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor
By Paul Simon
From the Album “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon”
Released by Columbia-Warner Records – 1973

5. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)
Written By Paul Simon
From the Album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”
By Simon and Garfunkel
Released by Columbia Records – 1966

6. American Tune
By Paul Simon
From the Album “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon”
Released by Columbia-Warner Records – 1973

Music details
Music track
webmusic-hodgepodge.mp3
Audio sample

Stars And Stripes Forever
By John Philip Sousa

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