Twyla Tharp Dance
50th Anniversary Tour

Tony Award-winning choreographer and Kennedy Center Honoree Twyla Tharp celebrates fifty years of dance making with her hand-chosen, fierce band of dancers who bring her choreography to life. Turning her decades of experience into proof that time is her partner as she continues to deepen and expand the singular imagination which makes her one of the century’s most treasured artists.

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PROGRAM NOTES: Twyla Tharp Dance


Premièred 1976 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Costumes: Santo Loquasto
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Music recorded by:
The Hired Hands,
The Kessinger Brothers,
The Skillet Lickers, Charlie Poole and
the North Carolina Ramblers,
Johnny and Albert Crockett
Dancers: Daniel Baker, Ramona Kelley, Amy Ruggiero, Kaitlyn Gilliland

Texas Quickstep (The Hired Hands)
Fifty Year Ago Waltz (The Hired Hands)
Rat Cheese Under The Hill (The Kessinger Brothers)
Cacklin’ Hen And A Rooster Too (The Skillet Lickers)
Took My Gal A-Walkin’ (Charlie Poole and The North Carolina Ramblers)
Fresno Blues (Johnny and Albert Crockett)
Alabama Jubilee (The Hired Hands)
Approximate Duration: 20 minutes


Premièred 2016 in Saratoga Springs, New York
Performed to String Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130
by Ludwig van Beethoven

Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Costumes: Norma Kamali
Lighting: Stephen Terry
Dancers: Matthew Dibble with Kaitlyn Gilliland, Ron Todorowski, Daniel Baker, Ramona Kelley, Amy Ruggiero, Reed Tankersley, Ashlee Dupré
Approximate Duration: 20 minutes


Premièred 1980 in Dayton, Ohio
Performed to Variations on a Theme by Paganini,
Opus 35
by Johannes Brahms

Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Costumes: Ralph Lauren
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Dancers: Reed Tankersley, Matthew Dibble, Daniel Baker, Ramona Kelley, Amy Ruggiero with Kaitlyn Gilliland

Book I Reed Tankersley Book II Matthew Dibble, Daniel Baker, Ramona Kelley, Amy Ruggiero with Kaitlyn Gilliland
Approximate Duration: 23 minutes

Executive Director Jesse Huot
Company Manager Alexander Brady
Archivist Rika Okamoto
Administrative Assistant Chelsea Keys

Lighting Supervisor/Production Manager, Stage Manager Stephen Terry
Wardrobe Supervisor Sydney de Briel

Additional thanks to David Kahne, Shelley Washington, Sean Kelleher, Amy Lehman, Joe Mizrahi, Lisa Egan, Twanette Tharp, and Norma Stevens.

Country Dances shoes handcrafted by Capezio

This program was made possible by support from Pathways to Dance and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Artist in Residence program helped realize rehearsals of this evening’s repertory.

The Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation thanks Jay Franke and David Herro, Bill and Catherine Miller, Patsy and Jeff Tarr, Stephen and Cathy Weinroth and Vicente Wolf for their generous support with special thanks to Tam O’Shaughnessy for underwriting Twyla Tharp and Three Dances.

Marcus Overton will host a conversation with Malashock Dance’s Artistic Director John Malashock, a San Diego-born-and-based dancer and choreographer who danced for many years with Twyla Tharp and was one of the original dancers on which Brahms-Paganini was created.

Twyla TharpSince graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Ms. Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred sixty works: one hundred twenty-nine dances, twelve television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines. She received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, 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. Her many grants include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In 1965, Ms. Tharp founded her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance. Her dances are known for creativity, wit and technical precision coupled with a streetwise nonchalance. By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing and inventions of her own making – Ms. Tharp’s work expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance.

In addition to choreographing for her own company, she has created dances for The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Boston Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Today, ballet and dance companies around the world continue to perform Ms. Tharp’s works.

In 1992, Ms. Tharp published her autobiography PUSH COMES TO SHOVE. She went on to write THE CREATIVE HABIT: Learn it and Use it for Life, followed by THE COLLABORATIVE HABIT: Life Lessons for Working Together.

Today, Ms. Tharp continues to create.

This performance marks Twyla Tharp Dance's La Jolla Music Society debut.

October 22, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway #600
San Diego,CA 92101
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