Twyla Tharp is an American dancer and choreographer who blazes trails in the industry of entertainment. She has worked with music greats like Bob Dylan and Billy Joel, and dance greats including my favorites, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. I have been fortunate enough to see some mighty fine dancing while growing up in LA, and the best of it sends me into orbit. It is not something I understand, how to design a dance, but it is an artistry I have profound appreciation for. My first experience with Twyla Tharp was a show called Push Comes to Shove, which was a collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov, choreographed to music which juxtaposed variations by on classical music with rags by Scott Joplin. How can that be done?
I drew Twyla Tharp in my journal. What I hope she brings to these pages is an edge, a spirit of celebration, a smartness, and beautiful movement. Twyla days in my journal will be about collaboration, which she practiced a great deal and is something I value.
â€œReading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature â€“ all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and youâ€™ll find out how big a prize youâ€™ve won.â€
â€• Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
A Haiku for Twyla
Are the limbs of your fine tree
Search, invite, say yes.