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Vibrant, radiant and genius barely begin to describe a Tharp dance experience. A legendary artist, she is one of the most influential dancer/choreographers of our time. Celebrate five decades of groundbreaking dance-making with Tharp’s long praised masterpieces alongside critically acclaimed new works when her company, Twyla Tharp Dance, takes the Lied stage on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Twyla Tharp celebrates fifty years of dance making with an evening of new work, which premiered in 2015. The double bill begins with a vibrant introductory “Fanfare” followed by “Preludes and Fugues,” set to J.S. Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” The dance radiates with Tharp’s generous spirit, humanity, and rigor. The evening’s final dance, “Yowzie,” is a humorous work set to a wild, raucous, and jazzy score. With immaculate technique and joy, Tharp’s hand chosen and meticulously rehearsed group brings her choreography to life. In each work, Tharp turns her decades of experience—dances for Hollywood films, television, and the Broadway stage, ballets, modern dances—into living proof that time is her partner as she continues to deepen and expand her singular imagination.

Tickets to a single performance are on sale at http://liedcenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. Students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Tharp has choreographed more than 160 works: 129 dances, 12 television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines. She received one 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.

In 1965, 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 making –Tharp’s work expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance. 

This performance is generously supported by Chateau Development and the Lied Center’s Dance Circle: Dr. Cori S. Amend & Ryan Sothan, Priscilla C. Grew, Robert Hillestad and Steve Wake.