Short Stories

Short Stories
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Highland Park, IL
Dance sections

I. Supertramp, Lover Boy: Carrafa, Kellogg, Washington, Kurshals, Whitener, Glasner

II. Springsteen, Jungleland: Rawe, Way, Malashock, Rudner

Dancers

Katie Glasner, Mary Ann Kellogg, Sara Rudner, Shelley Washington, Jennifer Way

John Carrafa, Raymond Kurshals, John Malashock, Tom Rawe, William Whitener

Total number of dancers
10
Runtime
:21:06

Short Stories differs from Tharp’s previous works to popular music in two distinct ways: the first being that the subject matter is much darker, at times even violent. The second is in the way Tharp folds the lyric text into the narrative of the dance. The dramatic scenes unfold in sequences of complex partnering and dance phrases layered with mimetic gestures.

The opening section presents three couples and the attractions and jealousies between them. The song ends as three “love ‘em and leave ‘em” men walk away from the woman who was once the object of their interest.

A second scenario of love and envy is presented in the next section. Tensions mount between two couples – one easy and lyrical, the other charged and edgy – until it comes to blows in a final slow-motion struggle.

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    Washington, Carrafa and company dancers perform "Loverboy." ©Martha Swope
Video Description

Excerpts from studio rehearsal footage that was shot and edited as a storyboard for the taping of Confessions of a Cornermaker.

Full music program

1. Lover Boy
Performed by Supertramp
Written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
From the Album “Even In The Quietest Moments” – 1977
Released by A&M Records

2. Jungleland
Written and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
From The Album “Born To Run” – 1975
Released by Columbia Records

Music details
Music track
webmusic-shortstories1.mp3
Audio sample

Lover Boy
By Supertramp

Music track
webmusic-shortstories2.mp3
Audio sample

Jungleland
By Bruce Springsteen

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