Torelli

Torelli
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Paris, France
Dancers

Naomi Cohn, Mary Curry, Isabel Garcia-Lorca, Kenneth Rinker, Sara Rudner, Twyla Tharp, Rose Marie Wright

Total number of dancers
7
Runtime
:15:20
Other program information

Presented at the Neuvieme Festival International de danse de Paris of 1971. 

The opening section of Torelli is a unison presentation of eight fundamental movement phrases in silence.  Each dancer then takes his or her place in a pool of light and music plays to indicate the start of the second section, wherein the eight phrases are manipulated and restructured on the spot. At the Galerie Theatre in Paris, the audience was encouraged to walk amongst the dancers, viewing the performance from within, as well as from the perimeter of the performance space. This work was first performed as the opening section of Sunrise/Noon/Sundown, in Fort Tryon Park, 1971.

Torelli is one of the works in the Tharp repertory that has evolved into a pedagogical project for dancers.  It explores ways in which given material can be manipulated and encourages instinctive decision-making skills. 

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    Wright, Nina Wiener and Rinker rehearse in the Los Angeles Cultural Center in 1972.  ©LA Times
Video Description

Brief excerpts from the premiere performance.

Full music program

Violin Concerto Opus 8 n. 7 in D Minor, For Solo Violin, String & Continuo
Composed by Guiseppe Torelli
Published by Unicorn Records in 1956

Music details
Music track
webmusic-torelli.mp3
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