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Dance Legend Twyla Tharp April 9

Twyla Tharp. Photo by Greg Gorman

Monday, April 9, 4:30 p.m.

After choreographing 129 dances, 12 television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines, who could be more qualified than the legendary Twyla Tharp to speak to the Hofstra community on the subject of creativity? She will address the campus as part of the Joseph G. Astman Signature Lecture Series on Monday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. She will talk about her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, based on lessons she has learned throughout her remarkable 35-year career.

This talk is free and open to the public. The location is The Helene Fortunoff Theater, located at Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus.

When Tharp is at a creative dead end, she relies on a lifetime of exercises to help her get out of the rut, and The Creative Habit contains more than 30 of them, as well as anecdotes and advice, to ease the fears of anyone facing a blank beginning and to open the mind to new possibilities.

Tharp is the recipient of a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, 19 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 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 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, The Australian Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Ms. Tharp’s work first appeared on Broadway in 1980 with When We Were Very Young, followed by her collaboration with musician David Byrne on The Catherine Wheel and later by Singin’ In The Rain.  In 2003, Ms. Tharp won a Tony Award for her choreography of the dance musical Movin’ Out, set to the music and lyrics of Billy Joel.  Ms. Tharp later worked with Bob Dylan’s music and lyrics in The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Come Fly Away, set to songs sung by Frank Sinatra.

In film, Ms. Tharp has collaborated with director Milos Forman on Hair, Ragtime and Amadeus.  She has also worked with Taylor Hackford on White Nights and James Brooks on I’ll Do Anything.

For more information contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

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