Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour wraps up

Matthew Dibble and Rika Okamoto in Yowzie. Photo by Ruven Afanador.Since mid-September, the Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour has been on the road performing across the country. After 15 cities, the tour is now winding down with it’s last two highly-anticipated performances, first at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on November 11-14 and then the David H. Koch Theater in New York City on November 16-22.


Celebrating Tony Award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp’s five decades of dance-making for both modern and ballet companies, television, the Broadway stage and Hollywood films, the tour acknowledges Tharp’s passion and imagination that makes her one of the century’s most treasured artists.


The Kennedy Center and Koch Theater performances present a mixed bill featuring all new work, including Preludes and Fugues and Yowzie. Preludes and Fugues is set to excerpts from J.S. Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Volumes 1 & 2, and Yowzie to a selection of music from “Viper’s Drag,” a compilation of jazz arranged by Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein. Audiences can also look forward to Fanfare, with music composed by John Zorn. Costumes are designed by Santo Loquasto and lighting by James Ingalls.


Four dancers within the company have long histories with Tharp, appearing in her past Broadway shows Movin’ Out, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Come Fly Away, as well as her own company and other ballet and contemporary dance companies around the world. Those dancers include Matthew Dibble, Rika Okamoto, John Selya and Ron Todorowski. Newer to Tharp are Daniel Baker, Nicholas Coppula, Kaitlyn Gilliland, Ramona Kelley, Savannah Lowery, Eric Otto, Amy Ruggiero, Reed Tankersley and Eva Trapp.


Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than 160 works: 129 dances, 12 television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines. She has received numerous awards including a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, 19 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 Honors. Her many grants include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


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Photo: Matthew Dibble and Rika Okamoto in Yowzie. Photo by Ruven Afanador.