Mud

Mud
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Brooklyn, NY
Dance sections

I. Duet: Speed
   Way, Kurshals

II. Trio: Air
   Wright, Uchida, Willaims

III. Quartet: Fire
   Washington, Uchida, Kurshals, Colton

IV. Duet: Water
   Washington, Colton

V. Quartet: Earth
   Wright, Rawe, Way, Kurshals

Dancers

Richard Colton, Raymond Kurshals, Tom Rawe, Christine Uchida, Shelley Washington, Jennifer Way, Kimmary Williams, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
8
Runtime
:13:10
Other program information

From the original program: "Shoes for Mud by Capezio and Frederick Freed, Ltd. Adidas sport shoes supplied courtesy of Libco."

The fast and frenetic opening section of Mud gives way to a female trio that floats downstage en pointe. In “Air,” classical vocabulary is interspersed with off-center suspensions lending lightness to the movement and attitude. A sharp, slicing quartet in silence follows. The syncopated movement gives the feeling that everything is happening in fast forward. A lyrical solo segues into the final section with the entrance of a quartet wearing sneakers. “Earth” integrates seemingly incompatible actions - the furious gestures, falls and catches and fluid adagio - into a complex pool of movement.

The spectrum of movement and divergent footwear explored here serve as an early prototype for In The Upper Room.

  • Mud
    Colton, Washington, Kurshals and Uchida perform.  ©Twyla Tharp
  • Mud
    Uchida and Colton in performance. ©Lois Greenfield
Video Description

An excerpt from Section III, performed by Uchida, Washington, Colton and Kurshals.

Full music program

1. Six Country Dances 
Composed by WA Mozart - 1784

2. Divertimento in F Major, K. 13
Composed by WA Mozart - 1772

Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Ensemble: 

Violins: Regis Iandiorio, Ira Lieberman
Viola: Michael Bloom
Cello: Jeanne LeBlanc

Music details
Music track
webmusic-mud.mp3
Audio sample

Divertimento in F Major, K. 13
Composed by WA Mozart

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