Octet

Octet
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Columbus, OH
Total number of dancers
8
Runtime
00:13:10

Tharp’s Octet is a short, formal ballet accompanied by Edgar Meyer’s sinewy score. The four women’s roles are powerful, requiring a strong upper back and grounded pointe technique. The ballerinas do not float above the floor, but rather burrow into it as they bourrée across the stage in parallel position. Their male counterparts are sturdy and provide a point of resistance in the isometric partnering.

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    Company dancers perform. ©Martha Swope
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    Company dancers in performance. ©Martha Swope
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    Brown and O'Day perform. ©Martha Swope  
Video Description

Company dancers perform in the opening section.

Full music program

The Plumed Serpent
Composed by Edgar Meyer - 1991

Music details
Music track
webmusic-octet.mp3
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