Joyce Theater


Interview conducted and excerpted by Laura Diffenderfer

The iconic Twyla Tharp has returned to The Joyce with a program that includes a world premiere set to the work of Bob Dylan, and two gems from the 1970s: RAGGEDY DANCES and THE FUGUE. She sat down with us to discuss why THE FUGUE was different than the works that had come before it; how it relates to her masterwork IN THE UPPER ROOM; and why she revisited the music of Bob Dylan in her new work, DYLAN LOVE SONGS

LD: So, you're bringing back THE FUGUE, from 1970.

TT: THE FUGUE never goes away.

LD: Have you been performing it?

Rose Marie Wright and Sara Rudner: Back in the Studio with Twyla Tharp

by Laura Diffenderfer

In August, two of Twyla Tharp Dance’s founding members, Sara Rudner and Rose Marie Wright, reunited to help to reconstruct Tharp’s 1972 work THE RAGGEDY DANCES, in which they both originated roles. The importance of these two figures in relationship to Tharp’s work can’t be understated. In Marcia B. Seigal’s book on Tharp, "Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance," the dedication calls them out explicitly: "For Rose and Sara and all the others who made Tharp dance." Tharp dedicated her 1976 season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Wright, and Rudner, who danced with Tharp for 20 years, remains a dedicated ally and champion of the choreographer.

Marimekko Designer Teemu Muurimäki on His Collaboration with Tero Saarinen

Choreographer Tero Saarinen always pays strong attention to the design elements in his works, and costuming is no exception. Enter fashion designer Teemu Muurimäki, who designed the wardrobe for Morphed, which will performed at The Joyce Oct 18 – 22. Muurimäki has worked in Paris, Milan and Sydney, designing for major international brands such as Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and, most recently, the iconic Finnish design house Marimekko. We sat down with him to learn more about his first collaboration in dance.