Twyla Tharp

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Twyla Tharp
Twila Tharp in 2004
Born (1941-07-01) July 1, 1941 (age 82)
OccupationChoreographer, dancer
Years active1960s–present
AwardsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography, 2003 Movin' Out
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography 1985 Baryshnikov by Tharp With American Ballet Theatre
Tony Award for Best Choreography 2003 Movin' Out

Twyla Tharp (born July 1 1941) is an American dancer and choreographer. She lives and works in New York City.

Her work often uses classical music, jazz, and contemporary pop music. In 1973, Tharp choreographed the ballet Deuce Coupe to the music of The Beach Boys. It is considered to be the first crossover ballet. Later she choreographed Push Comes to Shove. That ballet featured Mikhail Baryshnikov and is now thought to be the best example of the crossover ballet.

Tharp has choreographed dances for many important ballet companies around the world. She also has had success on Broadway. In 1985, her staging of Singin' in the Rain, played at the Gershwin for 367 performances. Her dance musical Movin' Out ran for 1,331 performances on Broadway. The musical is set to the music and lyrics of Billy Joel. It received 10 Tony Award nominations and Tharp was named Best Choreographer.[2]

Honors and awards[change | change source]

Twyla Tharp received two Emmy Awards, 19 honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President’s Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts.

Tharp was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 1993.[3]

She was named a Kennedy Center Honoree for 2008.[4]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Twyla Tharp". Encyclopædia Britannica. December 31, 2015. Retrieved Dec 23, 2016.
  2. "Past Tony Award Winners". Tony Awards. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  3. "Twyla Tharp Biography". Academy of Achievement. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  4. Andrew Gans (9 September 2008). "Streisand, Freeman, Tharp, Jones, Townshend and Daltrey Are 2008 Kennedy Center Honorees". Playbill. Retrieved 5 December 2013.