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Twyla Tharp--Oppositions
Additional title: Oppositions
Additional title: In the upper room (Choreographic work : Tharp)
Tharp, Twyla (Choreographer)
Bishton, Jamie (Dancer)
Black, Shawn (Dancer)
Brown, Allison (Dancer)
Caddell, Stacy (Dancer)
Chait, Daniel (Dancer)
Herrault, Fabrice (Dancer)
Irving, Kevin (Dancer)
Jacobsson, Petter (Dancer)
Melnick, Jodi (Dancer)
Michael, Julie (Dancer)
O'Brien, Amy (Dancer)
Otovrel, Daniel (Dancer)
Pasquale, Victoria (Dancer)
Rhue, Geoffrey (Dancer)
Roberts, Keith (Dancer)
Stevens, Shawn (Dancer)
Uchida, Christine (Dancer)
Washington, Shelley (Dancer)
Glass, Philip (Composer)
Tipton, Jennifer (Lighting designer)
Morris, Fiona (Producer)
Bailey, Derek (Director)
Bhargava, Girish (Film editor)
Adelman, Alan (Videographer)
Selby, Margaret (Producer)
Venza, Jac (Producer)
Low Flying Pictures (Firm) (Producer)
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) (Producer)
SEPT (Television station : France) (Producer)
Amaya Distribution (Firm) (Producer)
Tharp, Twyla (Speaker)

Dance in America Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1996-01-23
Place: New York, NY
Publisher: Thirteen/WNET
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7486
Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.))
Music and dance
Association relative à la télévision européenne
Television programs
Televised dance
Televised dance
Television programs
Creation/production credits: co-produced by Low Flying Pictures, Thirteen/WNET, La SEPT/ARTE in association with Amaya Distribution ; produced by Fiona Morris ; directed by Derek Bailey ; choreography by Twyla Tharp ; music by Philip Glass.
Content: Great Performances episode #2113.
Content: A brief animated film, Fast food matador (ca. 5 min.), is also contained on this tape.
Creation/production credits: Editor, Girish Bhargava ; director of photography, Alan Adelman ; executive producer, Andrew Coggins ; producer for WNET, Margaret Selby ; executive producer for WNET, Jac Venza ; lighting, Jennifer Tipton.
Performers: Introduction by Twyla Tharp.
Venue: Recorded on January 23, 1996 ; telecast by Thirteen/WNET on Great Performances' Dance in America series on April 24, 1996.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (59 min., 10 sec.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Television adaptation of Twyla Tharp's modern dance work In the upper room. In her introduction to the work, Tharp discusses her choreographic process and demonstrates the same choreography to two contrasting pieces of music ("Fever," sung by Buddy Guy, and "Java jive," sung by the Ink Spots) to illustrate the relationship of music and dance. The origins of In the upper room are shown in recordings made in 1985, depicting Tharp, Christine Uchida, Shelley Washington, Jamie Bishton, and others in rehearsal. Tharp also talks about her long familiarity with the music of Philip Glass, which led her to commission the score for In the upper room.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12709820
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 89b9a430-a386-0138-0206-075ca5f07ce8
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Twyla Tharp--Oppositions" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1996-01-23.

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Twyla Tharp--Oppositions