TITAS Presents, in association with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, has co-commissioned an evening of new work by Twyla Tharp, one of the most important and influential choreographers of our time. The work will premiere in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on September 18 and 19, launching Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour. The 10-week North American tour will celebrate Tharp’s five decades of dance-making for both modern and ballet companies, television, the Broadway stage and Hollywood films.
The commissioning of new work by Twyla Tharp marks an important collaboration between Dallas nonprofits TITAS Presents/AT&T Performing Arts Center and four other leading dance presenters/performing arts centers across the United States. The 50th Anniversary Tour will be the first time since 2002 that Tharp has toured a group of dancers. Twyla Tharp Dance is comprised of 12 dancers, many of whom have worked with Tharp over the years.
The two new dances are Preludes and Fugues, set to J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Claveir (Volumes 1 & 2) and "Yowzie," set to jazz standards arranged by Henry Butler and Steve Bernstein, and John Zorn.