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Choreographer Twyla Tharp to speak on creativity, Oct. 15

Twyla Tharp, choreographer of more than 125 dances -- including several Broadway shows and many films -- will speak at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. She will discuss "How To Tap the Creativity Within Each of Us."

In 1965, Tharp began the company Twyla Tharp Dance. She has choreographed many works for that troupe as well as others, including the Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company.

On Broadway, her 1985 staging of "Singin' in the Rain" played for 367 performances before embarking on an extensive national tour. Her dance musical "Movin' Out," with Billy Joel, premiered on Broadway in 2002 and earned her a Tony Award in 2003.

In film, Tharp has collaborated on "Hair," "Ragtime," "Amadeus," "White Nights" and "I'll Do Anything." She has choreographed, directed and produced several television specials, including "Baryshnikov by Tharp," which won two Emmy Awards as well as a Director's Guild of America Award.

Also the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Tharp is the author of two books: "Push Comes to Shove," an autobiography; and "The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life," which will be the basis of her talk at Princeton.

As a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, Tharp joins a distinguished roster of eminent writers and artists that includes Chuck Close, Merce Cunningham, Nadine Gordimer, Don DeLillo, Arthur Miller, Richard Serra and Maurice Sendak, who have come to the University through a program created in memory of Chauncey Belknap of the class of 1912.

The public is invited to the talk, which is hosted by the Humanities Council and the Program in Theater and Dance .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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