Twyla Tharp Archive, [ca. 1963 - ongoing]


ca. 200 linear ft.
The collection is divided into sub-collections: financial and development files (including materials related to Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation); administrative files (including correspondence, contracts, personnel records, touring files); photographic materials (including negatives, contact sheets, photographic prints; slides); press (reviews, newspaper clippings, interviews); programs; posters and promotional materials; choreographic, artistic and research notes; music scores; production and technical notes; audio visual materials (videocassettes, audiocassettes, compact discs, LP records, reel-to-reel videos; video logs; lighting, costume, and set designs); costumes; books used for research; personal and family notes, which include also Tharp's autobiograhical notes; Twyla Tharp's artwork.
American modern dancer and choreographer. Began her professional career as a dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1963. In 1965 formed her own company, Twyla Tharp and Dancers (disbanded in 1987), and in 1972 founded Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation, a non profit organization. From 1987 to 1989 served as Artistic Associate with Mikhail Baryshnikov at the American Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed over 100 ballets for stage, television, and motion pictures, among them: Tank dive (1965), Re- moves (1966).
After "Suite", Medley, and Dancing in the streets of London and Paris, continued in Stockholm and sometimes Madrid (1969), The Fugue, and The one hundreds (1970), Eight jelly rolls, and The Bix pieces (1971), Deuce coupe (1973), Sue's leg (1975), Push comes to shove, and After all (1976), Making television dance (a television production by Twyla Tharp, 1977), Hair (1978, a movie picture choreographed by Twyla Tharp, directed by Milos Forman), Baker's dozen (1979), When we were very young, and Ragtime (1980, the latter for the Dino de Laurentiis film, directed by Milos Forman), The Catherine wheel (1981), Nine Sinatra songs (1982), Scrapbook tape (1982, a video anthology of Tharp's works since 1965).
Amadeus (1984, a motion picture directed by Milos Forman, choreographed by Tharp), Singin'in the rain, and White nights (1985, the latter a motion picture, choreographed by Tharp, directed by Taylor Hackford), In the upper room (1986), Rules of the game (1989), Brief fling (1990), Sextet (1992), Demeter and Persephone (1993), How near Heaven (1995). In 1990 formed Tharp Productions and is currently at work on various projects. During her career she has worked with prestigious set, costume, and lighting designers, and photographers such as Santo Loquasto, Kermit Love, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Jennifer Tipton, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Martha Swope, Lois Greenfield, Jack Mitchell, and Herbert Migdoll.
The materials in the Twyla Tharp Archive were arranged, inventoried, preserved and cataloged as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the Dance Heritage Coalition Access Project, 1994- 1995.
For research use in the library only; restrictions may apply.
Finding aids available in the library; Box, folder or item level control.

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