For Immediate Release

twyla tharp’s fiftieth anniversary tour



The Twyla Tharp Fiftieth Anniversary Tour concludes its 10-weeks of cross–country performances with a week-long season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, November 17-22, where it will present a double bill of New York premieres: “Preludes and Fugues” and “Yowzie.” Both works were commissioned in part by The Joyce Theater, which is presenting the Tharp season at The Koch.

“Preludes and Fugues” is set to Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Volumes 1 & 2, and “Yowzie” to a selection of music from “Viper’s Drag,” a compilation of American jazz music. Each show is introduced by a fanfare, with another introducing “Yowzie;” both are by John Zorn. Santo Loquasto designed the costumes for all the dances, and James Ingalls, the lighting.

In a program note describing the shows, 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 many 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 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, Savanna Lowery, Reed Tankersley, Kaitlyn Gilliland, and Eric Otto.

Please see attached schedule for exact dates, times and ticket information


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.


Tue 11/17 @ 7:30pm
Wed 11/18 @ 7:30pm
Thu 11/19 @ 7:30pm
Fri 11/20 @ 8pm
Sat 11/21 @ 2pm
Sat 11/21 @ 8pm
Sun 11/22 @ 2pm


Range: $35-$150



Koch Box Office Phone #: 212-496-0600
Box Office Address: 20 Lincoln Center, New York City


The new works 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.

Major support for Joyce Theater Presentations at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater has been provided by the Ford Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Pasculano Foundation.

Commissioning support for Twyla Tharp’s Preludes and Fugues and Yowzie was provided, in part, by The Joyce with funds from the Estate of John L. Klebanoff.

Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been received from the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust. Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Additional major support has been provided by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, First Republic Bank, Northern Trust, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, and The Windhover Foundation.

The Joyce’s presenting initiative at Lincoln Center is supported by a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts; made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson.




All photos by (group) Sharen Bradford – The Dancing Image and (Twyla) Ruven Afanador