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  • Twyla Tharp – In The Upper Room

    Twyla Tharp – In The Upper Room

    Performed by the Corella Ballet, now the Barcelona Ballet, this well-known Tharp work has also been performed by both the Bolshoi and the American Ballet Theatre. It’s almost as if the dancers are moving in opposition to how you’d expect them to interpret this Philip Glass score. Too, the different “performances” being executed on stage at the same time run counter to what might be expected as well. . The perpetual, somewhat hyperkinetic movement you see in In The Upper […]

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  • Twyla Tharp Dance Video Tape, Sadler’s Wells

    Twyla Tharp Dance Video Tape, Sadler’s Wells

    Twyla Tharp, an American dancer and choreographer, studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. She later joined the Paul Taylor dance company but within two years started her own company. Tharp’s style can best be described as having “a little of everything.”  Although it was improvisational in nature, she used ballet technique combined with walking, running, and skipping. Her approach was light-hearted with sometimes unexpected, quirky movements such as little hops and shrugs of the shoulder. The music Tharp chose […]

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