All Moves, Few Words – Broadway’s Surprise Dance Hit

“One of the great surprises of the current Broadway season is that Twyla Tharp’s ‘Movin’ On”, which received mixed reviews and was in well-publicized trouble on the road, is such a hit. The only words uttered onstage are those of the songs and a drill sergeant’s occasional bark. The rest is told in pure dance movement, from the smallest details of everyday life on Long Island in the 1960’s to the savage roar of the battlefield. Still, it is all intensely believable to audiences, particularly Vietnam veterans. Most of the performers have come not from Broadway but from the relatively arcane worlds of classical ballet and mainstream modern dance.”