TWYLA THARP 50th Anniversary Tour

Twyla Tharp
Photo by Greg Gorman

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall
$10.00 - $45.00

Twyla Tharp
50th Anniversary Tour

Presented in partnership with Texas Theatre and Dance

Instead of creating the expected for her 50th Anniversary Tour – a retrospective of her greatest hits – Twyla Tharp’s restless spirit demanded she choreograph two brand new works for her troupe of 13 dancers. The Bass Concert Hall performance will showcase these two new dances, Preludes and Fugues and Yowzie.

Preludes and Fugues is set to excerpts from 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. Each dance is introduced by a fanfare, both composed by John Zorn. Santo Loquasto designed the costumes for all the dances, and James Ingalls, the lighting.

In a program note describing the evening, Tharp says: “Simply put, Preludes and Fugues is the world as it ought to be, Yowzie as it is. The Fanfares celebrate both.”

The company is comprised of dancers who have long histories with Tharp, appearing in her Broadway shows, Movin’ Out, The Times They Are A Changin’, and Come Fly Away, as well as in her various dance troupes and in the ballet and contemporary dance companies for whom she has created new works. They are John Selya, Rika Okamoto, Matthew Dibble, and Ron Todorowski. Newer to Tharp are Daniel Baker, Amy Ruggiero, Ramona Kelley, Nicholas Coppula, Eva Trapp, Savannah Lowery, Reed Tankersley, Kaitlyn Gilliland, and Eric Otto.

Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred sixty works: one hundred twenty-nine dances, twelve television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines. She received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen 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 Honor. 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.

In 1992, Ms. Tharp published her autobiography Push Comes to Shove. She went on to write The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life, followed by The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together. She is currently working on a fourth book.

“ [Twyla Tharp] One of the most prolific choreographers working today.”
Los Angeles Times


Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Music by John Zorn
Music performed by The Practical Trumpet Society
Costumes by Santo Loquasto
Lighting by James F. Ingalls

The Company

“Antiphonal Fanfare for the Great Hall” by John Zorn. Used by arrangement with Hips Road.

Dedicated to Richard Burke

Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Music performed by David Korevaar and Angela Hewitt
Costumes by Santo Loquasto
Lighting by James F. Ingalls

The Company

“Well-Tempered Clavier” Volume 1 recorded by MSR Records, Volume 2 recorded by Hyperion Records Ltd.

Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Music by John Zorn
Music performed by American Brass Quintet
Costumes by Santo Loquasto
Lighting by James F. Ingalls

The Company

“In Excelsis” by John Zorn. Used by arrangement with Hips Road.

Choreography by Twyla Tharp
Music: American Jazz
Music performed by Henry Butler/Steven Bernstein and The Hot 9
Costumes and Scenics by Santo Loquasto
Lighting by James F. Ingalls

Follow Twyla Tharp’s blog Making Dance: Fifty Years and Counting in the New York Times Arts Beat section


Arrive early and enjoy special food offerings prepared for this event.
The price per plate is $12 and includes all menu items below.
Featured drink pairings are priced separately.
Food tickets will be available at every bar.
Once purchased, guests may proceed to the food station.

Please note a full menu is no longer being offered in the cafe.
Menus will be determined on a per show basis.

Thyme Grilled Chicken Breast
Salad Bar – Options include: Mixed Field Greens, Spinach, Cheese, Tomatoes, Sliced Red Onion, Bacon Bits, Croutons, Marinated Tofu, Chopped Eggs, Garbanzo Beans
Dressings: House Made Vinaigrette, Ranch, and Olive Oil and Red Vinegar_
Pita Chips and Hummus

Edna Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast 2014, Available for $9.

Twyla Tharp’s Troupe Prepares for a Milestone TourNew York Times
Review – From Twyla Tharp, 2 New Pieces for Her Anniversary TourNew York Times
Pair of Tharp premieres dazzles at TITAS season openerThe Dallas Morning News
Review – Twyla Tharp Dance CompanyFort-Worth Star Telegram

The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include the ADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $6 can be purchased on-line at: The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.

$10 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages. Day of event parking is Cash Only.

Valet parking will be available for $21 on the day of the event. The valet station is located in front of the main entrance of Bass Concert Hall on 23rd Street. Valet parking is cash only.

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