Men's Piece

Men's Piece
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Columbus, OH
Dancers

Twyla Tharp and Kevin O'Day

with Jamie Bishton, Stephane Elizabe, Keith Young

Total number of dancers
5
Runtime
:37:30

Men’s Piece is a short theatrical work that blends concert dance with the lecture/demonstration format. Tharp's narration, not unlike The Bix Pieces, is at once humorous, personal and academic.

A line of white tape divides the stage into two halves: “WORK” and “PLAY.” Tharp moves back and forth across the border. On one side, she teaches three men a march with rapid-fire instructions, such as “retrograde the inversion” and “flip fronts 94°.” On the other, she partners Kevin O’Day, alternately waltzing and grappling with him. Their final duet is based on isometric partnering - equal but opposing forces.

  • Men's Piece
    Tharp in rehearsal. ©Martha Swope
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    Tharp and Bishton rehearse. ©Martha Swope
Video Description

A brief excerpt featuring Tharp and O'Day.

Full music program

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Performed by Tammy Wynette
Written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill

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Written by George Leybourne

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Written by George and Ira Gershwin

Strike Up the Band
Performed by
Written by Geroge and Ira Gershwin

Do I Love You?
Performed by Cole Porter
Written by Cole Porter

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