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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Let's Talk Twyla!

Last night, husband and I saw Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary show at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. I've always been a fan of Twyla's work - Nine Sinatra Songs is perhaps my favorite - But until last night I had never seen a piece of her work performed live.

Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Even as I type that, it seems strange, but this is the reality of living in a place like LA.  The thing about Twyla Tharp's work is that I always feel like it's my kind of movement, my kind of humor, and as I watch her choreography my dominant thought is always: "I want to dance this."  Last night, while not overwhelming, or remarkably new, was no different.  

It was my first LIVE Twyla experience and it didn't disappoint.  Her dancers were a perfect assortment of sizes and strengths - from lanky SAB graduates to seasoned modern dance veterans, each cast perfectly within the works and all bringing a high quality of technique and charisma that is just totally Twyla!

Nicholas Coppula flies through the air while performing "Yowzie" during Twyla Tharp's 50th anniversary tour at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

The first act was a series of ballet-based fugues, aptly titled Preludes and Fugues, that, while well-danced and peppered with plenty of originality and charm, went on a little longer than needed.  The second act was a horse of a completely different color...  Yowzie was set to seven classic jazz songs and farcically depicted a drunken night out.  While again, the work felt a tad one-note, it evoked humor, humanity and honestly reminded me of my own first night in New Orleans (shenanigans that ended in beignets at 3 in the morning!) 

All in all, Twyla's 50th was simply enjoyable.  A great show for every dance-lover to see.  Catch the final show tomorrow at 2pm.
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