Push Comes To Shove

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Tharp, music by Haydn and Joseph Lamb (arr. David Bourne), and costumes by Santo Loquasto. Premiered 9 Jan. 1976 by American Ballet Theatre at the Uris Theater in New York, with Baryshnikov, Tcherkassky, van Hamel, Clark Tippet, and Christopher Aponte. Considered a milestone in 20th-century ballet, it married Tharp's slick modern wit and jazzy sensibility to the more rarefied sophistication of classical dance. It was made for the virtuosic talents of Mikhail Baryshnikov, who had recently defected from the Soviet Union, and it cleverly transformed him from ballet hero into bowler-hatted rogue. The score was a blend of ragtime and Haydn. It has been revived for several companies including the Paris Opera Ballet (1989), the Royal Ballet (1997), Royal Swedish Ballet (2000), and Miami City Ballet (2006).

Subjects: Dance.

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