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An Evening with Twyla Tharp

Monday, December 7, 2009
Episode Summary
In this audience-collaborative talk, one of America's greatest choreographers shares what she's learned from working with some of the most gifted people on the planet.

Participant(s) Bio
Twyla Tharp, one of America's greatest choreographers, began her career in 1965, and in the ensuing years has created more than 130 dances for her company as well as for the Joffrey Ballet, the New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, London's Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Working to the music of everyone from Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart to Jelly Roll Morton, Frank Sinatra, and Bruce Springsteen, she is a pioneer in melding modern dance and ballet with popular music. In film, she collaborated with Milos Forman on "Hair," "Ragtime," and "Amadeus." For television, she directed "Baryshnikov by Tharp," which won two Emmy awards. For the Broadway stage, she directed the theatrical version of "Singin' in the Rain," and in 2003 won a Tony Award for "Movin' Out," which she conceived, directed, and choreographed to the songs of Billy Joel. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. In 1993, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and in 1997 was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives and works in New York City.