Sweet Fields

Sweet Fields
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Berkeley, CA
Dance sections

I. Thomas-Town (Great God how frail...): Mahoney and Anderson, Jeffrey, Rivera, Robinson

II. Chester: Howard and Cho, Malone, Stahl, Stanton

III. Chesterfield: Anderson, Jeffery, Mahoney, Quijada, Rivera, Robinson

IV. Come Life, Shaker Life: Howard, Cho, Malone, Stahl, Stanton

V. Virgins Clothed in a Clean White Garment: Jeffrey, Mahoney, Quijada, Rivera, Robinson

VI. Sweet Prospect: Stanton and Stahl, Rivera

VII. Jordan: Anderson, Howard, Cho, Malone, Stahl, Stanton, Jeffrey, Mahoney, Quijada, Rivera, Robinson

VIII. Brevity: Jeffrey

IX. New Jerusalem: Stanton and Rivera, Howard, Cho, Malone, Stahl, Anderson, Jeffrey, Mahoney, Robinson

X. Northfield: Robinson and company

Total number of dancers
12
Runtime
00:19:20

Sweet Fields is one of three works premiered by Tharp’s new company, which she formed after nearly 10 years of working as a freelance choreographer. The dance is set to a suite of early American hymns, most of which were composed around the time of the Revolutionary War.

In reference to the Shaker tradition, the men and women are separated, making physical contact in only one section. The choreography is grounded in basic locomotion such as hops, skips and turns. The movement is purposeful and unadorned. Dancers cross the stage with loping steps and move in simple, geometric patterns – circles, chevrons, lines. Dressed simply in white costumes by Norma Kamali, the dancers form an egalitarian community.

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    Stanton in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian
  • Sweet Fields
    Rivera, Stanton and Stahl perform. ©Jack Vartoogian  
  • Sweet Fields
    Company dancers in performance. ©Johan Elbers
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    Company dancers in performance. ©Jack Vartoogian
Video Description

Company dancers in an excerpt from "Jordan."

Full music program

"Hymns from William Billings, the Shaker tradition, and The Sacred Harp"

Thomas Town
Written by William Billings
From the album "Ghoostly Psalmes"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

Chester
Written by William Billings
From the album "Ghoostly Psalmes"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

 

Chesterfield
Written by William Billings
From the album "Ghoostly Psalmes"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

Come Life, Shaker Life
Traditional
Performed by the Boston Camerata, the Schola Cantorum of Boston and Shakers of Sabbathday Lake
Conducted by Joel Cohen
From the album "Simple Gifts"
Published by Erato

Virgins Clothed In A Clean White Garment...
Traditional
Performed by the Boston Camerata, the Schola Cantorum of Boston and Shakers of Sabbathday Lake
Conducted by Joel Cohen
From the album "Simple Gifts"
Published by Erato

Sweet Prospect
Written by William Walker
From the album "Rivers of Delight"
Published by Elektra/Nonesuch Records

Jordan
Written by William Billings
Performed by His Majestie's Clerkes
Conducted by Paul Hillier
From "A Land Of Pure Delight"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

Brevity
Written by Abraham Woods 
Performed by His Majestie's Clerkes
Conducted by Paul Hillier
From the album "Ghoostly Psalmes"
Published by Harmonia Mundi Records

New Jerusalem
Written by Jeremiah Ingalls
From "Rivers Of Delight"
Performed by the Word of Mouth Chorus
Published by Elektra/Nonsuch Records

Northfield
Written by Jeremiah Ingalls
From "Rivers Of Delight"
Performed by the Word of Mouth Chorus
Published by Elektra/Nonsuch Records

Music details
Music track
webmusic-sweet_fields.mp3
Audio sample

Brevity
Performed by His Majestie's Clerkes

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David H Koch Theater
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The Gerald Freedman Theatre at UNCSA
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sweet Fields | Miami City Ballet
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
West Palm Beach, FL
Sweet Fields | Miami City Ballet
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Miami, FL
Sweet Fields | Marymount Manhattan College
The Theresa Lang Theatre
New York, NY
Sweet Fields | Pacific Northwest Ballet School
Pacific Northwest Ballet School
Seattle, WA
Sweet Fields (excerpt) | Sally Ride Memorial with University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
Sweet Fields | Interlochen Arts Academy
Corson Auditorium
Interlochen, MI
Sweet Fields | Indiana University
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
Sweet Fields | LINK Dance Company
The Geoff Gibbs Theatre
Perth, Australia
Sweet Fields | University of Utah
Kingsbury Hall - University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sweet Fields | American Dance Festival
Durham Performing Arts Center
Durham, NC
Sweet Fields | SUNY Purchase College
Purchase College
Purchase, NY
Sweet Fields| Indiana University
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
Sweet Fields| Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Sweet Fields| Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Sweet Fields| Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
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New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ
Roy's Joys - The Fugue - Sweet Fields | Tharp!
Teatro Municipal
Santiago, Chile
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Teatro Municipal
Santiago, Chile
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Theatro Municipal
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Teatro Alfa Real
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Teatro Castro Alves
Salvador, Brazil
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya | Tharp!
Teatro Castro Mendes
Campinas, Brazil
Roy's Joys - The Fugue - Sweet Fields | Tharp!
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Barbican Centre
London, United Kingdom
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Municipal House
Prague, Czech Republic
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Kallang Theatre
Singapore
Roy's Joys - The Fugue - Sweet Fields | Tharp!
The Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps
Zurich, Switzerland
Roy's Joys - The Fugue - Sweet Fields | Tharp!
Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts
Miami, FL
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Shubert Theatre
New Haven, CT
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Yemaya (premiere) | Tharp!
Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium
Stanford, CA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Washington University, Edison Theatre
St. Louis, MO
Roy's Joys - The Fugue - Sweet Fields | Tharp!
Capitol Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Capitol Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Grande Auditorio
Lisbon, Portugal
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Teatro Albéniz
Madrid, Spain
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
New York City Center
New York, NY
Sweet Fields - The Fugue - Roy's Joys (premiere) | Tharp!
New York City Center
New York, NY
Heroes - Sweet Fields - Roy's Joy (preview) | Tharp!
Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Edinburgh Playhouse
Edinburgh, Scotland
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Théâtre du Palais-Royal
Paris, France
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sarasota, FL
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Byham Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
The Annenberg Center
Philadelphia, PA
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Shubert Theatre
Chicago, IL
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Centennial Hall, University of Arizona
Tuscon, AZ
Heroes - Sweet Fields - "66" | Tharp!
Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Heroes (premiere) - Sweet Fields (premiere) - "66" (premiere) | Tharp!
Zellerbach Auditorium, University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA