Dance: A Touch of Tharp

He ambles in to the rinky-tink beat of Joseph Lamb's rag, Bohemia, a little guy in a shiny satin shirt and crushed-velvet breeches. Mikhail Baryshnikov, loose of limb with plenty of shoulder action, adjusts his bowler hat. From the wings a woman's leg appears, and then the rest of Marianna Tcherkassky. The two link up, meet Martine van Hamel, and ease downstage in a vaudeville shuffle. Stop. Resume action, triple speed.

Tcherkassky spins mad circles on the tips of her toes. Van Hamel lunges through the air, landing with a shimmy and a smirk.

Splat Falls. Push Comes to Shove is the name...

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