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  Twyla Tharp LA Times Interview
One day back in 1967, Twyla Tharp and her dancers were rehearsing at Judson Church, then New York's high temple of the downtown avant-garde, when a janitor indignantly asked how they could dance on a Sunday.
Tharp deliberately went looking for a fresh, individualistic group that could "start all together in the basement," and she is pleased with their earnestness, energy and talent.
Three dancers portray Tharp's sister and twin brothers, whom she calls a "zany trio, who were very hyperkinetic, who spoke their own language, who were up to no good all the time." (In her autobiography, she describes them climbing up chimneys, answering the door naked, flushing $3,000 down the toilet).
www.dance90210.com /interview.html   (2359 words)

  Twyla Tharp Summary
Twyla Tharp was born in Portland, Indiana, July 1, 1941, the daughter of Lecile and William Tharp.
For the first five years Tharp and her dancers struggled, but by the early 1970s she began to be recognized for a breezy style of dance that added irreverent squiggles, shrugged shoulders, little hops, and jumps to conventional dance steps, a technique she called the "stuffing" of movement phrases.
Tharp's dual work for her own company and for the ballet troupes made her among the first to demand a "cross-over" dancer to perform her choreography, one who would be equally at home in ballet and modern dance technique.
www.bookrags.com /Twyla_Tharp   (1812 words)

 Twyla Tharp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tharp's solo debut, The Beethoven Seventh, to the symphony of the same name, was hardly the shy gesture of an ingenue.
Tharp is upending classical form again, to the pique or the delight of the audience, depending on one's expectations.
Twyla Tharp does her research, and I believe she's never without a subtext.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/dance/00/01/27/TWYLA_THARP.html   (745 words)

 Who is Twyla Tharp?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Twyla Tharp is an American dance choreographer, born in 1941 in Portland, Indiana.
Twyla Tharp is well known throughout the world for her contributions to the art of modern dance, and was privileged to study with many famous figures in American modern dance, including Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Merce Cunningham.
In addition to being a superb dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp is also a talented musician and author, and is sometimes called a Renaissance woman due to her extensive knowledge of a wide number of subjects.
www.wisegeek.com /who-is-twyla-tharp.htm   (469 words)

 Twyla Tharp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tharp in a poster for a performance at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.
Tharp was born in Portland, Indiana in 1941 and named after Twila Thornburg, the "Pig Princess" of the eighty-ninth Annual Muncie Fair in Indiana.
Tharp's family (younger sister Twanette, twin brothers Stanley and Stanford, mother Lecile and father William) moved to Rialto, California in 1951[1], where her parents opened a drive-in movie theater.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Twyla_Tharp   (668 words)

 Twyla Tharp Book Review
Twyla Tharp's 'The Creative Habit - learn it and use it for life' is a hybrid, at once a self-help title and a self-portrait, and a recognisable one at that.
Tharp's thoughts on resources chime convincingly with creativity research findings that there is a 'threshold of sufficiency' beyond which resources make no difference.
Tharp's prescriptions - there are a number of creative exercises in the book - are sometimes idiosyncratic and personal.
www.ballet.co.uk /magazines/yr_03/nov03/bmc_tharp_book.htm   (894 words)

 Twyla Tharp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tharp regrouped her company Twyla Tharp Dance and created a program with Mikhail Baryshnikov called Cutting Up, which went on to become one of contemporary dance's most successful tours, appearing in 28 cities over a two month period.
Tharp’s work first went to Broadway in 1980 with When We Were Very Young, followed in 1981 by her collaboration with David Byrne on The Catherine Wheel at the Winter Garden; and her 1985 staging of Singin’ In The Rain, which played at the Gershwin for 367 performances, was followed with an extensive national tour.
Tharp was also honored with the 2003 Astaire Award, the Drama League Award for Sustained Achievement in Musical Theater, and both the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography.
www.kcballet.org /replist/choreographers/twylatharp.html   (304 words)

 Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp was born July 1, 1941 in Portland, IN.
Twyla Tharp's work combined a classical discipline and rigor with avant-garde iconoclasm, combined ballet technique with natural movements like running, walking and skipping.
Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred twenty five dances, five Hollywood movies, directed and choreographed two Broadway shows, written two books and received one Tony Award and two Emmy Awards.
learn.sdstate.edu /melissa_mork/Tech2twylatharp.htm   (480 words)

 arborweb reviews - review: Twyla Tharp Dance
Tharp started out in the 1960s as a postmodernist, sharing that movement's experimental commitment to everyday steps like walking and an intellectualized, less-is-more aesthetic.
Tharp has been in impossibly high demand ever since, choreographing for ballet and modern dance companies alike, as well as, from 1965 to 1988, for her own troupe, the first incarnation of Twyla Tharp Dance.
The reimagined Twyla Tharp Dance, assembled in summer 2000, is made up of top-notch talent from the American Ballet Theater, the Joffrey Ballet, and the New York City Ballet — two women and four men — all of whom contribute their own spirited interpretations and expansive technique to Tharp's inventive vernacular.
arborweb.com /reviews/0203.tharp-review.html   (417 words)

 CriticalDance.com review, Twyla Tharp Dance
Tharp is equally at home choreographing to Beethoven as to Donald Knaack’s percussion modelled on disused junk.
Tharp has choreographed over 120 works and is still in demand so she is not a trendy fad.
Tharp’s dancers move seamlessly between ballet, modern dance and jazz, often all in one piece.
www.criticaldance.com /reviews/2003/TwylaTharpDance20030700.html   (1129 words)

 Twyla Tharp - Moviefone
A complete overview of Twyla Tharp's career from 1965-present and Information on her touring company and an online archive of information and photos of her...
Twyla Tharp was born in Portland, Indiana, but moved with her parents to Southern...
Twyla Tharp: You called it vision, I call it analyzing what my strengths were.
movies.aol.com /celebrity/twyla-tharp/113923/main   (108 words)

 Twyla Tharp's utopia Progressive, The - Find Articles
Tharp joined Taylor's company after graduating from Barnard in 1963, and started her own group just two years later.
Tharp is perhaps most famous for her work on Milos Forman's 1978 film version of the Broadway hit Hair, and director Taylor Hackford's 1985 film, White Nights.
Tharp's son suggested the idea of using Joel's music for a Tharp production, and after a phone call to Joel and a couple of meetings, the ball was rolling.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1295/is_1_69/ai_n8698181   (837 words)

 Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel show steps off Broadway and into the Benedum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
During that time, Tharp also put out a book called "The Creative Habit," in which she chronicled the process that produced mainstream show magic for a choreographer who has spent life on the edge.
Using her whiz-bang, laser-like approach, Tharp shocked and delighted balletomanes by choreographing "Deuce Coupe" for the Joffrey Ballet in 1972, serving notice that the world would be her stage, a creative path that was rewarded later with the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the "genius" award.
Tharp begins to cite warring nations -- the Huns, the Visigoths, the Romans -- where soldiers were heroes.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/04109/301382.stm   (962 words)

 Amazon.com: The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life: Books: Twyla Tharp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tharp quotes the Bible, Dostoyevsky, Mozart, and many other greats of the Western Canon to illustrate her points and show that the struggle to be creative is nothing new and that great artists have fought the same battles as anyone who strives to create.
Tharp reminds me of Hemingway in her ability to get to the point, she doesn't stray, and yet her brief topics are fulfilling as starting points for your own exploration into what works for each individual artist.
Tharp's book was at the top of my reading list, and this rating actually represents 25 5-star ratings, as my students overwhelmingly selected it as their favorite read of the semester.
www.amazon.com /Creative-Habit-Learn-Use-Life/dp/0743235266   (2548 words)

 CriticalDance.com - Ballet, Modern Dance and Performance Dance - Reviews - Twyla Tharp at Marin Civic Center
This is what Tharp is all about; it’s a synopsis of the career-long conundrum that has gained her the stature and admiration that remains with us today.
Tharp’s tour de force and least derivative work of this program, unless an accidental reincarnation-suggestion of the Fakirs in “La Bayadere” happens to occur to you.
Tharp’s piece is truly eclectic in its reach into the literate and preliterate argot of dance, as she shows how work and play were interchangeable once upon a time.)
www.criticaldance.com /reviews/2003/twylatharp_030117.html   (1169 words)

 Twyla Tharp Dance - June 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Having taken her place in history as one of the great American choreographers, Twyla Tharp has brought together a group of outstanding dancers to perform pieces overflowing with highly complex movement and exceptional technique.
Tharp believes in treating ballet and modern dance techniques not as rivals, but as resources from which to derive a rich and eclectic choreographic vocabulary.
Watch the trailer, forward it to a friend you think might be interested in seeing Twyla Tharp Dance and you could win a meal worth £100 at Moro.
www.sadlerswells.com /whats_on/spring2003/tharp.asp   (526 words)

 Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life
Tharp talks about Henry David Thoreau going to live alone at Walden Pond as a way of allowing his inner voice to be heard more clearly, and mentions that she often avoids watching films while she is in the middle of a project.
Tharp uses heavy cardboard file boxes to hold various artifacts that relate to each of her creative projects.
Tharp's background as a choreographer and her obvious familiarity with the life histories of other creative people like Beethoven and Mozart and Buster Keaton and Thomas Edison and Jerome Robbins give her a good sense of the cycles common to all creative activities.
www.greenmanreview.com /book/book_tharp_creativehabit.html   (1307 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Creative Habit : Learn It and Use It for Life: Books: Twyla Tharp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I have been an admirer of Twyla Tharp's for a long time, and feel slightly connected to her by having attended the same high school after she graduated and knowing her twin brothers and sister there.
Twyla Tharp has created a book that is inspiring while being infuriating, especially for someone trying to master something new.
Tharp insists that those transcendant geniuses were the product of showing up every day and working at whatever their craft was.
www.amazon.ca /Creative-Habit-Learn-Use-Life/dp/0743235266   (1762 words)

 Twyla Tharp Interview -- Academy of Achievement
Twyla Tharp: For the first three years there were four.and for the next two years we were six.
Twyla Tharp: In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women.
Twyla Tharp: Martha was very important to me. I never studied with Balanchine, but his work was very important to me. During the course of my entire academic career, from kindergarten through a college degree, I would say only one professor.
www.achievement.org /autodoc/page/tha0int-1   (2274 words)

 'The Creative Habit' by Twyla Tharp - Best book on Creativity - reviewed by Joan Zimmerman.
Twyla Tharp (the leading and innovative choreographer) is a brilliant mentor and a no-nonsense delight.
When Tharp is at a creative dead end, she relies on a lifetime of exercises to help her get out of the rut, and The Creative Habit contains more than thirty of them to ease the fears of anyone facing a blank beginning and to open the mind to new possibilities.
Tharp's exercises are practical and immediately doable -- for the novice or expert.
members.cruzio.com /~zdino/bookReviews/creative.habit.htm   (3080 words)

 TWYLA THARP, interviewed in 2002 by Don Shewey
Twyla Tharp has created some of the most innovative and popular work in contemporary dance since she formed her first company in 1965.
Tharp hatched the idea “to do a big production.” She ended up conceiving, choreographing, and directing Movin’ Out, a dance musical based on 31 songs by pop star Billy Joel, which opened on Broadway in the fall of 2002.
The Chicago reviews had been quite negative, yet Tharp, a small 61-year-old woman with owlish glasses and a no-nonsense demeanor, calmly talked about her work in the midst of completely re-doing the first act of the show.
www.donshewey.com /theater_articles/twyla_tharp_interview.html   (3236 words)

 Twyla Tharp
Tharp's second presentation, "Surfer at the River Styx," was a wonderful foil to her first dance.
But Twyla Tharp's tricks are imbued with a potent force and direction and cannot be dismissed as so much more of the same.
Although Tharp ridiculed the questioner and the audience along with her laughed unkindly at the young lady, I felt that it was a valid and practical question.
www.danceinsider.com /f930.html   (1601 words)

 60 Seconds With Twyla Tharp
Over a 40-year career, Tharp has created more than 125 dances, many of them landmark departures from the art's mainstream.
Tharp, 62, is famously tireless and demanding -- not least of herself.
Tharp: Theme and variation is one of my favorite formats because it allows for constant change, yet there's always something to which the change is grounded.
www.fastcompany.com /magazine/75/qa.html   (508 words)

 Twyla Tharp Dance
Heralded as a new direction in Tharp’s career when it premiered 33 years ago, "The Fugue," a trio set to the music of the performers’ own dancing feet, was critically acclaimed as transcending tap.
Tharp received a 2003 Tony Award for her work on the current Broadway hit, "Movin’ Out," which she conceived, directed and choreographed.
Twyla Tharp Dance is comprised of Emily Coates, Whitney Simler, Lynda Sing, Stuart Capps, Matthew Dibble, Jason McDole, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges and Dario Vaccaro.
www.ejassociates.org /pr_twylatharp03.html   (754 words)

 Econbrowser: Bob Dylan and Twyla Tharp: An Econbrowser musical review
Much of the production seems more acrobatics than choreography, as if Twyla Tharp meets Bob Dylan meets Cirque du Soleil, but always capturing the heart and beat of the music, even when the artists are simultaneously skipping between 3 sets of swinging ropes.
The best she can do to wrap it all up is end with "Forever Young", a touching quasi-prayer for a good life that may come as close as anything Dylan offered for some kind of resolution of where to go and what to do.
Ms Tharp misses the feeling of the music by noit a mile but by hundresdes of miles and her randy bunch of acrobats bouncing around on big fl balls and teddy bears thrown about the stage make you yearn for the exit.
www.econbrowser.com /archives/2006/02/bob_dylan_and_t.html   (1877 words)

 Twyla Tharp - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Twyla Tharp - Search Results - MSN Encarta
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 A&L News Release - Twyla Tharp Dance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
UCSB Arts and Lectures presents Twyla Tharp Dance, one of contemporary dance’s most exciting troupes, on Friday, October 10 at 8 pm in UCSB Campbell Hall.
The Creative Habit takes the lessons Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career to prove imagination is the product of preparation and effort and in reach of everyone.
Tharp formed her latest (fourth) company of Twyla Tharp Dance in 1999.
www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu /archive/2003-2004/pr/tharp.asp   (685 words)

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