Twyla Tharp

Easton Press Twyla Tharp books

Push Comes to Shove - signed first edition - 1992

Dancer Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp, born on July 1, 1941, in Portland, Indiana, is a pioneering American dancer and choreographer renowned for her groundbreaking work in the world of contemporary dance. From a young age, Tharp displayed a natural talent for movement, studying dance from childhood and eventually pursuing formal training at Barnard College in New York City. Tharp's career began to flourish in the 1960s, a time of great experimentation and innovation in the world of dance. She quickly gained recognition for her unique choreographic style, which blended elements of classical ballet with modern dance techniques, as well as her fearless exploration of movement and music. In 1965, Tharp founded her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance, which served as a platform for her creative vision and allowed her to collaborate with a diverse range of dancers and musicians. Over the decades, the company has toured extensively both nationally and internationally, earning widespread acclaim for its innovative performances.

One of Tharp's most notable works is Deuce Coupe, created in 1973 in collaboration with the legendary rock band The Beach Boys. This groundbreaking piece combined ballet and modern dance with the music and culture of 1960s America, breaking new ground in the world of contemporary dance and earning Tharp widespread recognition. Throughout her career, Tharp has continued to push the boundaries of dance, exploring new forms of expression and challenging traditional notions of choreography. She has choreographed more than 160 works for stage, film, and television, earning numerous awards and honors, including two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award for Best Choreography.

In addition to her work as a choreographer, Tharp is also an accomplished author, writing several books on dance, creativity, and the creative process. Her bestselling book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life has become a staple for artists and performers seeking inspiration and guidance in their own creative endeavors. Twyla Tharp's influence on the world of dance is immeasurable. Her innovative choreography, fearless experimentation, and relentless pursuit of artistic excellence have earned her a place among the most respected figures in contemporary dance. As she continues to push the boundaries of her art form, Tharp remains a trailblazer and a source of inspiration for dancers and choreographers around the world.

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