Yale Dance Theater Pilot Program: Eight Jelly Rolls

Sponsored by the Arts Discretionary Fund in Yale College in cooperation with Dance Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, the World Performance Project, and Alliance for Dance at Yale

by Twyla Tharp

Poster of Yale Dance Theater Pilot Program: Eight Jelly Rolls

Visit the Yale Dance Theater Blog Building on the recent development of Yale’s dance studies curriculum and working in coordination with the Yale College Dean’s Office, Theater Studies, and the Alliance for Dance at Yale, we are please to announce the Yale Dance Theater Pilot Program. This faculty-sponsored, extracurricular initiative will enable Yale students to work with professional artists on the reconstruction of existing choreography and/or development of new work. YDT is conceived of as a practice-based research initiative that will allow students to investigate choreographic ideas and their historical context through a rigorous rehearsal process, resulting in a final public showing.YDT’s pilot undertaking for spring 2011 will be the reconstruction of EIGHT JELLY ROLLS, a canonical work in American dance history, choreographed by Twyla Tharp in 1971. Working with two Twyla Tharp rehearsal directors, Jennifer Way and Kate Glasner, both former Tharp dancers, students will aim to master Tharp’s style. Groundbreaking in her democratic synthesis of dance techniques and vocabularies, Twyla Tharp pioneered a crossover style that combines elements from classical ballet, jazz, tap, athletics, hip-hop, and more. With music by Jelly Roll Morton, EIGHT JELLY ROLLS marks a key point in Tharp’s early career, the moment she turned away from postmodern dance aesthetics to explore music, movement invention, and a conscious effort to please the audience.Rehearsals will begin Saturday February 12, and take place on Wednesdays (5:30 - 8:30 pm) and Saturdays (12:30 - 3:30 pm) throughout the semester, through the end of April. All rehearsals will be held in the BRL dance studio, 294 Elm Street.

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Performance Dates & Times

April 30, 2011 - 2:00pm

Location

Crescent Underground

Venue Accessibility: 
Venue lobby is accessible via elevators located near both the Morse and Stiles dining halls. Upper seating is accessible via main venue entrance. Facilities and stage level seating are accessible via a ramp to the left of the main venue entrance.

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Performed by Yale Dance Lab