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Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville
Tickets Purchased Ahead: $25; $20 seniors; $7 students
At the Door: $30; $25 seniors; $7 students
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets, or call 518 263 2063
Following a month-long residency at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, Twyla Tharp and her dancers will stage a performance of two earlier works, plus works in progress.
“Minimalism and Me” includes projections of Twyla’s early art work as backdrops for selections from dance pieces choreographed during the period of 1965 and 1970 and reconstructed for this piece. Created for a residency by Twyla Tharp in December, 2017 for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, “Minimalism and Me” recollects Tharp’s experiences while living among major visual artists of the time, illuminating the progression of minimalism in the 1960’s and 1970’s and the influence the movement had on her choreography.
The second work will be a restaging of two of the dances in the original “Eight Jelly Rolls,” inspired by Jelly Roll Morton. Tharp’s first work intended for a proscenium stage, “Eight Jelly Rolls” premiered in 1971. Jelly Roll Morton’s original recordings recall the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties as America shook itself loose from stiff European traditions. The comedic timing and slippery flow of movement in the choreography reflects the sense of ease and freedom of the 1920s. Tharp’s solo, nicknamed “The Drunk,” emphasizes the natural loose-limbed athleticism that became synonymous with her work.
Works may be subject to change.
Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than 160 works 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. She’s won two Emmy Awards for television’s Baryshnikov by Tharp, and a Tony Award for the Broadway musical Movin’ Out, featuring the songs of Billy Joel. She’s winner of nineteen honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President’s Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, the 2008 Jerome Robbins Prize, and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor.