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alburtise

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Anyone else going to the NYC performance of Twyla Tharp's "Deuce Coupe" Juilliard dance performance at Lincoln Center next week?  A "must see" according to the New Yorker.  Tix are cheap ($30). I have wanted to see this for forever and can't believe I found out about it in time.  Please get in touch if you plan to be there for the first performance Wednesday March 21.
On a related note: does Brian know this is happening? Has he ever seen this work? 
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Lee Marshall

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It's been around darned close to forever...like 40-ish years.  One would have to think that the royalties cheques haven't snuck past Brian.  And NO...It's  WAY  too far to travel.  Ballet right across the street would be too far to travel.  AND...I have the music...ALL of it...right HERE.  Good enough.  Really.
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I got to see "Deuce Coupe" performed by Twyla Tharp and the Joffrey Ballet at Ohio State University in the early 70s. The main thing I remember about it was the song selection. She didn't use the songs I would have picked! The one I especially remember her using was "Cuddle Up".

Here's a positive review from the NY Times from 1973:

https://www.nytimes.com/1973/03/03/archives/twyla-tharps-deuce-coupe-is-a-vividly-american-dance-the-cast.html

And part of the ballet featuring another Dennis song, "Got To Know the Woman"



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Larry Franz

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Here's an article about the upcoming performances of "Deuce Coupe" by American Ballet Theater in New York. The article refers to the music but there's no discussion of it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/arts/dance/twyla-tharp-deuce-coupe-misty-copeland.html

Here's how ABT describes the three Twyla Tharp dances they're doing.
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Few choreographers have had as profound an impact on American dance as Twyla Tharp. In these three astounding one acts, classical ballet mixes with modern forms, demonstrating Tharp’s mastery of movement. This breadth of style is supported by the melodies of Brahms and Haydn, the chill vibes of 1960s beach rock, and the compelling modern aesthetic of Philip Glass.

"the chill vibes of 1960s beach rock"? Okay.

https://www.abt.org/events/tharp-trio/

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Larry Franz

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A glowing review from the NY Times includes this commentary:
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By the end, to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” the kids are moving classically.

Apart from that song, the Beach Boys tracks that Ms. Tharp chose aren’t the Beatles-influencing, “teenage symphony to God” stuff. They’re some of the dumbest, corniest songs in the catalog (anyone remember “Take Good Care of Your Feet”?), including many goofy covers, and they’re all chopped off, sped up and rearranged so as to leave no doubt about which artist is in charge: Ms. Tharp. The form is hers, complex, orderly and nearly dialectical: ballet, rock, synthesis.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have the order of ballet and the freedom of rock?


He is probably one of the few critics who have ever commented on the song selection.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/arts/dance/twyla-tharp-review.html

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In my (now) ancient scrapbook, I have a photo from Rolling Stone mag...Random Notes (circa 1976) section showing the dancers after that nights performance posing with a group of celebrity guests from the audience. The celebs were the 5 core members. A,B,C,D & M.

So it’s safe to assume Brian has seen the show.
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alburtise

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Great to know.  Thanks for keeping those scrapbooks.
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