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Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour

  • October 7, 2016
  • Location: Mesa Arts Center
  • Address: 1 E Main St Mesa, AZ 85201
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $30-$60
  • Phone:(480) 644-6500
  • Venue: Mesa Arts Center
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Twyla Tharp – one of the century’s most treasured artists – continues to celebrate her 50th anniversary of groundbreaking creativity and dance making with an evening of classic and new work featuring a hand-chosen and meticulously rehearsed cast.

The folksy and lively Country Dances from 1976 opens the program. Set to music from America’s heartland, the dancers bring Tharp’s choreography to life as they do-si-do through square dance adaptations. 1980’s tour de force, Brahms Paganini, set to Books I & II of Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Opus 35 by Johannes Brahms, follows. This dance showcases the virtuosity, immaculate technique, and joy of Tharp’s dancers, featuring a male soloist and an ensemble who display a high level of partnering expertise and stamina in movement.

The evening closes with a dramatic new work featuring longtime Tharp dancer Matthew Dibble with the company, set to Beethoven’s Opus 130. In each work, Tharp turns her decades of experience—dances for Hollywood films, television, and the Broadway stage, ballets, modern dances—into living proof that time is her partner as she continues to deepen and expand her singular imagination.