February 15   8:00PM

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. The program begins with Preludes and Fugues (2015), a work for twelve set to J.S. Bach’s encyclopedic score for piano, the “Well-Tempered Clavier.” The dance radiates with Tharp’s generous spirit, humanity and rigor as dancers move through duets, trios, and ensembles. Closing the program is Tharp’s beloved Nine Sinatra Songs from 1982 with music by Frank Sinatra and glittering costumes by Oscar de la Renta. The work presents a glamorous portrait of seven couples that traces the arc of romantic relationships. The dancers swing, swirl, tango and cha-cha through a ballroom, displaying Tharp’s mastery of technique and imagination.

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