Twyla Tharp Returns To The Joyce Next Month

Twyla Tharp Returns To The Joyce Next Month

For four weeks this fall, The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) will present the return of legendary director /choreographer Twyla Tharp and her sensational company of dancers. Twyla Tharp Dance performs the New York City premiere of Minimalism and Me, a revisiting of Tharp's seminal early works, at The Joyce's Chelsea home from November 14 - December 9.

Tickets, ranging in price from $10-$75, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.

Twyla Tharp, one of this century's most acclaimed, renowned and celebrated artists, follows up last year's highly successful Joyce engagement with a New York premiere program focused on her early dances. In Minimalism and Me, Tharp recollects the creation of her influential early works and their relationship to the minimalist period in visual art. The extraordinary members of Twyla Tharp Dance recreate excerpts from many of these works-from Tank Dive to The History Of Up And Down, concluding with the dazzling Eight Jelly Rolls. The program, featuring works made from 1965 to 1971, offers audiences a unique view of the work of a remarkable artist during an astonishing period of innovation. Dancing with Twyla Tharp Dance for this engagement will be Kara Chan, Matthew Dibble, Kellie Drobnick, Mary Beth Hansohn, Reed Tankersley, and Ron Todorowski.

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, five Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows, and two figure skating routines. She has also written three books. 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 addition to choreographing for her own company Twyla Tharp Dance, she has created dances for companies worldwide, where her works continue to be performed.

ABOUT THE Joyce Theater Foundation The Joyce Theater Foundation ("The Joyce," Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a nonprofit organization, has proudly served the dance community for over three decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and The Joyce renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opening as The Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dance and has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 400 U.S.-based and international companies. The Joyce has also presented dance at Lincoln Center since 2012, and launched Joyce Unleashed in 2014 to feature emerging and experimental artists. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commissioning and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K-12th grade) benefit from its school program, and family and adult audiences get closer to dance with access to artists. The Joyce's annual season of about 48 weeks of dance now includes over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 150,000.

The Joyce Theater Foundation presents Twyla Tharp Dance and the New York premiere of Minimalism and Me, a recollection of Tharp's seminal early works, from Wednesday, November 14 - December 9 at The Joyce Theater's Chelsea home. Performances are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm; Thursday and Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm. (There will be no performance on Thursday, November 22; and there will be an additional performance on Sunday, November 25 at 7:30pm.)

Tickets, ranging in price from $10-$75, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.



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