The Raggedy Dances

The Raggedy Dances
World premiere date
Premiere location place
New York, NY
Dance sections

I. Joplin:  Fig Leaf Rag
Rudner, Wright, Tharp, Garcia-Lorca

II. Joplin:  Scott Joplin’s New Rag
Rudner, Wright, Tharp, Garcia-Lorca, Rinker, Weiner

III. Roberts:  Pork and Beans 
Tharp, Rinker

IV. Bolcom:  Graceful Ghost
Tharp, Wiener

V. Joplin:  Maple Leaf Rag
Tharp, Garcia-Lorca, Rudner, Rinker, Wright, Wiener

VI. Joplin:  The Entertainer
Tharp

VII. Joplin:  The Ragtime Dance 
Wright, Rinker

VIII. Joplin:  Gladiolus Rag
Tharp, Rudner, Garcia-Lorca, Rinker, Wiener

IX. Mozart: Variations in C Major KV 265 “Ah Vous Dirai-Je Maman”
Rudner, Wright

Dancers

Isabel Garcia-Lorca, Kenneth Rinker, Sara Rudner, Twyla Tharp, Nina Wiener, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
6
Runtime
00:20:40
Other program information

Premiered during the The City Center American Dance Marathon of 1972.

The Raggedy Dances is a much wider exploration of a single theme than Tharp had done before. The choreography has a feeling of simple, playful innocence. False entrances and a tongue-in-cheek striptease to "The Entertainer" give the dance a zany quality. As the six dancers shake, shimmy and roll their way through the movement, the easiness of the ragtime seamlessly transitions into a set of Mozart variations, popularly known as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". Both the Mozart and Joplin compositions present a world of controlled lightness and naïveté.

  • Raggedy Dances
    Rudner, Wright, Tharp, Wiener, Garcia-Lorca and Rinker in performance.  ©William Pierce
  • Raggedy Dances
    Wright and Rudner in performance. ©William Pierce
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    Rudner performs at Williams College in 1974.  ©Tom Rawe
Video Description

Wright and Rinker perform the closing duet.

Full music program

1. Fig Leaf Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin – 1908

2. Scott Joplin’s New Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin – 1912

3. Pork and Beans - One Step, Two Step or Turkey Trot
Composed by Charles Luckeyth Roberts
Copyright by Jos. W. Stern & Co. – 1913

4. Graceful Ghost Rag
Composed by William Bolcom – 1970

5. Maple Leaf Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin
Copyright Registered – 1899

6. The Entertainer
Composed by Scott Joplin
Copyright – 12/29/1902
Published by John Stark & Son

7. The Ragtime Dance
Composed by Scott Joplin – 1906

8. Gladiolus Rag
Composed by Scott Joplin - 1907

9. Ah, Vous Dirai-je, Maman / Variations in C major, KV 265
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – circa 1781

Music details
Music track
webmusic-raggedydances.mp3
Audio sample

The Ragtime Dance
Performed by Joshua Rifkin

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University of Pennsylvania
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North Shore Community Arts Center
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Brandeis University
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Ohio University
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Lisner Auditorium
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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
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Walker Arts Center
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ANTA Theater
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The Delacorte Theater
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