Rabbit And Rogue

Rabbit And Rogue
World premiere date
Premiere location place
New York, NY
Commissioner

Co-commissioned by American Ballet Theatre and the Orange County Performing Arts Center 

Dance sections

Overture

I.  FROLIC
Rogue, Rabbit, Ensemble, Quartet

II.  RAG
Rag Couple, Quartet, Ensemble, Rogue

III.  LYRIC
Rabbit, Quartet & Ensemble Ladies, Rogue

IV.  GAMELAN
Gamelan Couple, Quartet, Ensemble, Rabbit, Rogue

V.  FINALE
Rabbit, Rogue, Rag Couple, Gamelan Couple, Quartet, Ensemble 

Total number of dancers
22
Runtime
00:45:38
Other program information

Sound Design: Dan Moses Schreier
Assistant to Choreographer: Keith Roberts

Rabbit and Rogue is Tharp’s fifteenth commission for American Ballet Theatre. The ballet features a mischievous pair of principal men in a disconnected, virtual world. They encounter two couples and their supporting ensembles – one tumultuous, one harmonious. 

With the advancements in consumer video technology, Tharp was able to utilize video during the rehearsal of Rabbit and Rogue more extensively than with previous projects. By editing and collaging rehearsal footage, Tharp was able to approximate the timing and positions on stage in order to maximize the performers’ limited rehearsal time.

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    Dancers of American Ballet Theatre perform. © Rosalie O'Connor
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    Stiefel and Cornejo in performance. © Rosalie O'Connor
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    Herrera and Saveliev in performance. © Rosalie O'Connor
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    Cornejo (crouched), Salstein and Stiefel in performance. © Rosalie O'Connor
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    Hallberg and Murphy in performance. © Rosalie O'Connor
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    Dancers of American Ballet Theatre perform. © Gene Schiavone
Video Description

Members of American Ballet Theatre in excerpts from Tharp's rehearsal video montage and dress rehearsal. 

Full music program

Rabbit and Rogue
Composed by: Danny Elfman

I: Frolic
II: Rag
III: Lyric
IV Gamelan
V: Finale

Conducted by: Ormsby Wilkins

Music details
Music track
webmusic-rabbit_and_rogue.mp3
Audio sample

"Frolic"
From Rabbit and Rogue

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