Magazine article Musical Opinion

Twyla Tharp Dance at Sadler's Wells

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Twyla Tharp Dance at Sadler's Wells

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Twyla Tharp Dance at Sadler's Wells

With the exception of one work, all the pieces shown in the Twyla Tharp season at Sadler's Wells, which began on 2 July, were created in the last three years.

Known By Heart Duet was performed by Lynd Sing and Matthew Dibble to music by Donald Knaack. This was an excerpt from a work originally commissioned by American Ballet Theatre which was classical in form, beginning with a pas de deux, continuing with solos for each dancer, and ending with a coda. Because this was by Tharp, the choreography was extremely demanding but it was also quirky, jokey and unexpected, this augmented by the mixture of percussion and steel band sounds.

The oldest work in the programme, The Fugue, was created in 1970 and was influenced by the music of JS Bach. The two men and one woman were dressed in white shirts, grey flannel trousers and hard-soled shoes with which they created a rhythm. …

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