Picks and Pans Review: Great Performances: the Catherine Wheel

UPDATED 03/28/1983 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/28/1983 at 01:00 AM EST

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Twyla Tharp choreographed this complex, bizarre and futuristic dance performance, which chronicles the dissolution of an American family against the backdrop of a crumbling society. Talking Heads composer David Byrne's cacaphonous electronic score, frenzied dance movements and computer graphics—including the dancing figure of Saint Catherine, the fourth-century Christian martyr who died on a spiked wheel—brilliantly evoke the sense of an impending apocalypse.


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