Twyla Tharp Brings Her Exciting New Program of 50th Anniversary Tour to Schnitzer Oct. 14.

WHITE BIRD BRINGS TWYLA THARP 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR TO PORTLAND.
THRILLING PROGRAM BY LEGENDARY CHOREOGRAPHER FEATURES ALL NEW WORK,
SET TO COMPOSERS JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, JOHN ZORN AND HENRY BUTLER.

TICKETS SELLING FAST FOR PROGRAM NY TIMES HAS CALLED “THE WORK OF A MASTER.”

Who: Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour
Presented by: White Bird
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:30 pm
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway/Main, Portland, OR
Sponsors: Joan Cirillo & Roger Cooke, Jim & Susan Winkler, The Oregonian
Tickets: Starting at $26, available at whitebird.org and Portland’5 Box Office,
1111 SW Broadway (formerly PCPA) NO added fees.1-800-380-3516 (added fees apply).
Discounts available for groups/students and seniors.

White Bird is proud to present Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour, comprised of all new work for an ensemble of 13 outstanding dancers, for a single performance on October 14, 2015 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The legendary choreographer, who has created world-acclaimed masterworks for ballet, modern dance, Broadway and Hollywood, will bring a highly musical program highlighting the enormous range of her movement. When the new Twyla Tharp program premiered in Dallas on September 18, The New York Times exclaimed, “These [dances] are unmistakably the work of a master. There is so much in them: so much variety, so much life.”

Tickets are selling extremely fast for this landmark performance. Twyla Tharp is accompanying the tour and is scheduled to give a post-show talkback following the performance.

Instead of creating the expected for her 50th Anniversary Tour – a retrospective of her greatest hits– Twyla Tharp’s restless spirit demanded she choreograph two brand new works for her troupe of 13 dancers, “Preludes and Fugues” and “Yowzie.” “Preludes and Fugues” is set to excerpts from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Volumes 1 & 2, and “Yowzie” to a selection of music from “Viper’s Drag,” a compilation of jazz arranged by Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein. Each dance is introduced by a fanfare, both composed by John Zorn. Santo Loquasto designed the costumes for all the dances, and James Ingalls, the lighting. In a program note describing the evening, Tharp says: “Simply put, ‘Preludes and Fugues’ is the world as it ought to be, ‘Yowzie’ as it is. The ‘Fanfares’ celebrate both.”

The company is comprised of dancers who have long histories with Tharp, appearing in her Broadway shows, “Movin’ Out,” “The Times They Are A Changin’” and “Come Fly Away,” as well as in her various dance troupes and in the ballet and contemporary dance companies for whom she has created new works. They are John Selya, Rika Okamoto, Matthew Dibble, and Ron Todorowski. Newer to Tharp are Daniel Baker, Amy Ruggiero, Ramona Kelley, Nicholas Coppula, Eva Trapp, Savannah Lowery, Reed Tankersley, Kaitlyn Gilliland, and Eric Otto.

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, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines. 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, the American Philosophical Society and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1992, Ms. Tharp published her autobiography PUSH COMES TO SHOVE. She went on to write THE CREATIVE HABIT: Learn it and Use it for Life, followed by THE COLLABORATIVE HABIT: Life Lessons for Working Together. She is currently working on a fourth book. Today, Ms. Tharp continues to create.

The new works of Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour are commissioned by The Joyce Theater (New York), The Kennedy Center (Washington), Auditorium Theatre & Ravinia Festival (Chicago), TITAS/AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas), and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Beverly Hills).Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation 50th Anniversary Tour gratefully acknowledges: David Herro & Jay Franke, Tam O’Shaughnessy, Patsy & Jeff Tarr and the JCT Foundation, Catherine & Bill Miller, Cathy & Stephen Weinroth, Vincente Wolf.

White Bird’s 18th season (2015-16) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund, Work for Art, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, and Starseed Foundation.

Twyla Tharp Brings Her Exciting New Program of 50th Anniversary Tour to Schnitzer Oct. 14.