Choreographer Twyla Tharp coming to Capital Region for Pathways to Dance initiative

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Beginning Thursday, internationally renowned American choreographer Twyla Tharp will spend three days in the Capital Region visiting Pathways to Dance events at Basilica Hudson in Hudson, Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, Proctors in Schenectady and Russell Sage College in Troy.

Pathways to Dance is an annual eight-county Capital Region initiative, in concert with Manhattan's Joyce Theater, designed to support new dance creation and presentation.

Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Ms. Tharp has choreographed more than 160 works for her dance company, television, film, Broadway and figure skating. She also has also written three books and is working on a fourth. She has received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, 19 honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President's Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, the 2008 Jerome Robbins Prize and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor.

Currently, Twyla Tharp Dance is in residence at Catskill Mountain Foundation in Hunter, where the troupe is mounting repertory works and rehearsing a new dance set to Beethoven's Opus 130 which will premiere this summer at SPAC and then tour New York State.

At 7 p.m. Thursday at Basilica Hudson, Tharp will offer a lecture on "The Creative Habit," based on her 2006 book of the same name.

On Friday, Tharp and members of her company will hold a lecture and demonstration at both Hubbard Hall (1 p.m.) and Russell Sage College (4 p.m.). The events are based on the SPAC program. The group will discuss the rehearsal process, the importance of remounting older works, and how the works fit together and represent a trajectory of Tharp's career.

At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Schenectady YMCA, in association with Proctors, will host a performance of Tharp's "The One Hundreds," a participatory dance event starring 100 community volunteers with members of Twyla Tharp Dance. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Rehearsals follow, with attendees learning a specific dance phrase from a company member, leading up to the full performance.

Admission to all Pathways to Dance events is free.

IF YOU GO

Thursday: Twyla Tharp lecture. 7 p.m. Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Hudson, N.Y. (518) 822-1050; basilicahudson.org.

Friday: Twyla Tharp Dance lecture/demonstration. 1 p.m. Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main Street, Cambridge, N.Y. (518) 677-2495; hubbardhall.org.

Friday: Twyla Tharp Dance lecture/demonstration. 4 p.m. Russell Sage College, 65 1st Street, Troy, N.Y. (518) 244-2000, sage.edu.

Saturday: Twyla Tharp's "The One Hundreds." 1 p.m. registration; 5:30 p.m. performance. Schenectady YMCA, 433 State Street, Schenectady, N.Y., via Proctors. (518) 346-6204; proctors.org.


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