Friday, March 2, 2012

Shadow Dancing

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance." --   Carl Sandburg

Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred thirty-five dances, five Hollywood movies, directed and choreographed four Broadway shows.  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 and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In 1965, Ms. Tharp founded her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance.  Her dances are known for creativity, wit and technical precision coupled with a streetwise nonchalance.  By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing and inventions of her own – Ms. Tharp’s work expands the boundaries of American ballet and modern dance.  In addition to choreographing for her own company, she has created dances for The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.  Many of Ms. Tharp’s works, some from as early as 1971, continue to be performed by ballet and dance companies around the world.

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  1. Wonderful career in the arts! This lady is legendary! And love the contrast of figure shape and shadow shape! Intriguing!

  2. Love the contrast in your shadow and the figure.

  3. What an interesting shadow shot! I like the Sandburg quote, too.

  4. She is legendary indeed. I have a friend who danced with her company years ago. He said it was an awesome experience. Terrific post for the day.


  5. What a wonderful shadow catch! Thanks a lot of your beautiful contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday!

    Shadow Behind

  6. Love the quote and Twyla Tharp! A QUALITY post all the way around--from Pic to prose!