There's a clip from “Twyla Moves,” the PBS American Masters episode about Twyla Tharp, of Tharp rehearsing with dancers in Central Park. It's from 1969: They were wearing regular street clothes, kicking and turning, throwing their bodies up and across, down and around as baby carriages, football players, and police on horseback meandered through them. Indifferent towards aesthetic perfection or public perception (not to mention whether or not their sneakers got stained), the dancers launched themselves through the park, falling and flying to the point of exhaustion.
Twyla Tharp's “In the Upper Room” at City Center. Photograph by Christopher Duggan
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continue Reading
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