Ocean's Motion

Ocean's Motion
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Spoleto, Italy
Dance sections

I. Too Pooped to Pop: Way

II. Memphis: Way, Wright

III. Deep Feelin’: Way, Wright, Nilson

IV. School Days: Way, Wright, Rinker, Rawe

V. Nadine: Way, Wright, Rinker, Rawe, Nilson

VI. Havana Moon: Wright, Rinker, Rawe, Way, Nilson

VII. Almost Grown: Way, Wright, Rinker, Rawe, Nilson

Dancers

Nanna Nilson, Tom Rawe, Kenneth Rinker, Jennifer Way, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
5
Runtime
00:16:10
Other program information

This piece premiered during the Spoleto Festival XVIII, 1975. 

Tharp's style of technically demanding yet nonchalant choreography is expanded in Ocean’s Motion. The dance depicts a day in the life of a group of Fonzie-era teenagers. The dancers, dressed in letterman jackets, smack bubblegum as they whiz through the exacting steps with cool, laid-back precision. The pop-culture veneer and the lighthearted characterizations make the work entertaining and approachable while the choreography tests the dancers’ speed and accuracy.

  • Ocean's Motion
    Way and Rawe in costumes. The motorcycle, nicknamed "El Bruto," was rented during the company's stay in Spoleto, Italy. ©Twyla Tharp
  • Ocean's Motion
    Anthony Ferro, Shelley Washington, Jennifer Way, Sara Rudner and John Carrafa in a promotional photo. ©Herbert Migdoll
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    Company dancers during a promotional photo shoot for the 1982 revival. ©Herbert Migdoll
Video Description

Company dancers perform in the 1982 revival.

Full music program

1. Too Pooped To Pop
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
From the Album “Rockin’ at the Hops – 1960
Published by Chess Records

2. Memphis (also known as “Memphis, Tennessee)
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
Released by Chess Records as a Single – 1959

3. Deep Feeling
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
From the Album “After School Session” – 1957
Published by Chess records

4. School Days
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
From the Album “After School Session” – 1957
Published by Chess records

5. Nadine
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
Released as a Single by Chess Records – 1963

6. Havana Moon
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
From the Album “After School Session” – 1957
Published by Chess Records

7. Almost Grown
Written and Performed by Chuck Berry
Released as a Single by Chess Records – 1959

Music details
Music track
webmusic-oceansmotion.mp3
Audio sample

Deep Feeling
By Chuck Berry

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