Country of Origin United States
Description The 1976 appearance at BAM by Twyla Tharp was the first to follow her BAM debut in 1969. The eight-night engagement boasted two different programs and six dances, including the World Premiere of Give and Take. Other dances were Eight Jelly Rolls, Sue’s Leg, The Bach Duet, The Fugue, and The Rags Suite. Give and Take was a pièce d’occasion, created to mark the 10th anniversary of the company, and was performed only that year, at BAM and in Edinburgh. It was a suite dance, and, appropriate to that American Bicentennial year, the music included three pieces for marching band. The piece was also an homage to George Balanchine, with direct choreographic reference to Stars and Stripes, his ballet set to Sousa marches. Balanchine himself attended the premiere. In the years since Tharp had first appeared at BAM, she had strengthened her ties to the ballet community, choreographing the groundbreaking Deuce Coupe for The Joffrey Ballet, and Push Comes to Shove for American Ballet Theatre, commissioned for Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ticket prices for the concert ranged from $3.50 to $8.50.