Twyla Tharp Dance

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Twyla Tharp Dance


Ulrich, Allan, Dance Magazine


Marin Center San Rafael, California January 17, 2003 Reviewed by Allan Ulrich

Although Twyla Tharp is dazzling Broadway with Movin' Out, she has neither neglected the rest of the country nor sublimated her more noncommercial impulses. Ten days into a twenty-four-city national tour, the members of Twyla Tharp Dance, 2003 edition, proved every bit as dynamic, individual, and appealing as their predecessors, most of whom have been tied up in New York for a long run in Movin' Out. Most of the new team--Matthew Dibble, Jason McDole, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, Emily Coates, Lynda Sing, Lara Emilia Tinari, and Dario Vaccaro--share stints in professional ballet companies. Judging from their performances in one new work and two revivals, the background in classical dance has been a liberating factor here.

For the premiere, Even the King, the musically omnivorous choreographer chose Johann Strauss's Kaiserwaltzer (Emperor Waltz), heard (on tape) in the brilliant and faithful transcription for chamber music reduction devised for private performance in 1925 by Arnold Schoenberg. Like Westerly Round, which preceded it on the program, this is a courtship ritual rooted in a popular social dance form of an earlier era. The music traces an arc that starts slowly, rises to a climax, and retreats almost wistfully. …

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