Past Meetup

Pacific Northwest Ballet "In the Upper Room" (Tharp, Glass)

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We will be attending Program 4 of Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2012-13 season on Sunday, March 24, at 12:30. This program consists of three dances: “Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven” by Ulysses Dove, “Agon” by George Balanchine, and “In the Upper Room” by Twyla Tharp.

The featured dance is the popular “In the Upper Room” which the Pacific Northwest Ballet first performed during its 2007-08 season and which is being performed for the first time since its local debut. Here is a review from the Seattle Times:

'Twyla Tharp's 1986 work "In the Upper Room," another PNB premiere, closed the evening with an energy that seemed to keep building, even as the curtain went down. Dressed in striped Norma Kamali costumes that resembled extremely chic prison uniforms (some of which would be stripped off to reveal tomato-red leotards), the 13 dancers seemed divided into two groups: the pointe-shoe group, who tossed off classical moves with abandon, and the sneakers group, who whirled and stomped with feet flexed and jogged with hands in loose fists between movements.

“Set to a pulsating Philip Glass score at times flavored with tango and techno, the dance was a seamless flow of movement, with the dancers emerging from behind black curtains as if magically conjured there. Its cast (including the excellent Carrie Imler, a welcome sight after missing much of last season due to injury) seemed ready to dance all night; its moves a zesty duel of dance styles, with even a little soft-shoe tap thrown in. It's a playful, exuberant yank at ballet...”

There are over a dozen brief videos of this dance on youtube. The one to which I have included a link shows clips from a variety of dances that make up “In the Upper Room”

In the Upper Room video (

Here is a clip from “Agon” to give you an idea of whatthis ballet is about:

Agon (

There will be an optional food and beverage stop after the performance so that we can discuss what we have just seen and any other topic under the sun.