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Twyla’s Creativity in a Book

Twyla Tharp, one of the most energetic and imaginative

of American choreographers, brings her company to McCarter Theater

for

a concert on Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. Immediately following

the performance, Tharp will sell and sign advance copies of her

brand-new

book, "The Creative Habit: How to Learn It, How to Trust It, How

to Use It, A Practical Guide," due for publication October 1 from

Simon & Schuster.

The performance marks a homecoming for dancer Lynda Sing, who began

her training at Princeton Ballet School and took her first step on

the McCarter stage in "The Nutcracker." Sing, who began her

professional career with American Repertory Ballet in 1996, was

honored

there on September 14 as an inaugural inductee into the ARB "Wall

of Fame." In 1998 she joined Dance Theatre of Harlem and in 2002

she danced as a soloist with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

For decades Twyla Tharp has been known for her artful balance of high

art and great entertainment, moving effortlessly between the worlds

of ballet and Broadway. Her Tony Award-winning creation "Movin’

Out," an all-dancing musical to the songs of Billy Joel, is still

a hot tickets.

Her reputation has been established with works such as "Deuce

Coup," "In the Upper Room," and "As Time Goes By,"

performed by the world’s leading companies, including American Ballet

Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, and the Royal Ballet, and her

choreography

for film that includes "Hair" and "White Knights"

with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines.

Following a series of solo projects and high profile commissions,

Tharp is on the road again with a new company.

The McCarter program reflects the versatility of this legendary

choreographer.

"Surfer at the River Styx," previously performed at McCarter,

is a danced drama based loosely on Euripides’ "The Bacchae,"

and is a collaboration with percussionist and composer Donald Knaack,

featuring music created on recycled materials such as pots and pans.

"Known by Heart Duet," a pas de deux danced by Lynda Sing

and Matthew Dibble, set to Knaack’s "Junk Music," is an

excerpt

from a suite of dances commissioned by American Ballet Theater.

Tharp has again revived her landmark 1965 work "The Fugue,"

accomapanied only by the dancers’ footfalls. These steps, performed

on a miked stage, translate dance into sound, creating a vivid pulse

of internal accompaniment. In its rhythm, timing, spatial relations

and sound, "The Fugue" is one of Tharp’s seminal works.

Completing the McCarter program is "Westerly Round," created

in 2001, a witty, playful work set to music by composer and violin

maestro Mark O’Connor. It fuses elegant classical ballet with the

spirit of American folk dance.

Twyla Tharp at McCarter, 91 University Place.

609-258-2787.

$39-$45. A book signing by Tharp follows the performance Thursday,

September 25, 8 p.m.


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