It was June of 1984, when the West German dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch, made its American debut at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Opening the 10-week long Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles with Bausch’s 1975 work, “The Rite of Spring,” dozens of barefoot women and bare-chested men were thrashing amid tons of leaves and peat moss to Stravinsky’s visceral and anarchic score.
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