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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 28, 1996
Never on the cutting edge of dance, American Ballet Theatre has always evinced a certain conservatism in its programming. Even when presenting the most avant works, the company has given a nod to tradition.L This recent go around at the Kennedy Center is no exception.Artistic Director Keven McKenzie opened his six-day & 2/3 engagement Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center Opera House by presenting his dancers in the romantic classic "Paquita", Anthony Tudor's sentimental "The Leaves Are Fading" and Twyla Tharp's new dance "Americans We".Tomorrow, the company's program will change with Kenneth MacMillian's full-length ballet "Romeo and Juliet".
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
The national touring production of "Come Fly Away," Twyla Tharp's sensual ballet/musical set to the songs of Frank Sinatra, breezes through Baltimore this week. One of the featured dancers in the show will look very much at home on the stage of the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, who grew up in Ellicott City, had only recently left home when she first danced in that theater nine years ago, appearing in the tour of "Fosse," a showcase of Bob Fosse's choreography.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | January 27, 1993
Washington -- Just in case you haven't heard, two old friends have gotten together to dance.Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov, along with a select group of nine dancers, have brought their national tour to the newly gilded Warner Theatre in a program of Ms. Tharp's original and eclectic choreography, "Cutting Up."The three main concerns of dancers -- performance, bodies and food -- provided a framework for the program Monday night. Three acts, "Shtick," "Bare Bones" and "Food," were decidedly different, uniquely Tharpian and accessible on several levels, and left the audience on its feet cheering.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | April 22, 2007
My dance career began inauspiciously, nearly ending in third grade when I missed the cut for The Nutcracker. Prancing around for the role of a mouse, my mind wandered out of the audition studio that day. Those little-girl ballerina dreams escaped me. Had I ever even asked to take ballet? No, my Francophile mother must have forced the rigid dance, not to mention the French language, on me. Nor did I enjoy my second brief encounter with ballet some three years later. To improve my ice-skating moves, a friend suggested I join her class.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | December 25, 1994
Dance fans were reminded again in 1994 that quantity and quality are separate issues. During the first part of the year, the Baltimore area had more dance to see than in the past few years. But more can sometimes be less.Most disappointing were the tried and true companies, such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hubbard Street Dance and the Washington Ballet. All turned in flat, non-memorable performances this year.On the other hand, our local independent companies have been on a steady course of improvement.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | September 17, 1993
Dance on the EdgeWhat: Donald Byrd/The GroupWhen: Today and Saturday at 8 p.m.Where: Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson State University, 7900 York RoadTickets: $11-$15Call: (410) 830-3369 Donald Byrd's new dance is provocatively titled "Bristle," but in a recent telephone interview the New York-based choreographer's demeanor was smooth and easy as he explained how a former Tufts University theater major made the switch to dance."My drama coach always said I was a mover." Mr. Byrd says. "Movement is language, and language is often shaped."
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 8, 1996
Mark Morris. Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Twyla Tharp's new company. Tap Dogs, from Australia. And a rich variety of ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington.Any way you look at it, the 1996-1997 season promises to be a memorable one for fans of ballet and modern dance in Baltimore and Washington.One of the fall's most interesting dance events is the Mark Morris Dance Group's appearance at the U.S. Naval Academy's Alumni Hall in Annapolis. Morris, once called the enfant terrible of the dance world, will present several of his works and perhaps raise a few eyebrows when he and his company dance Oct. 18-19.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | April 22, 2007
My dance career began inauspiciously, nearly ending in third grade when I missed the cut for The Nutcracker. Prancing around for the role of a mouse, my mind wandered out of the audition studio that day. Those little-girl ballerina dreams escaped me. Had I ever even asked to take ballet? No, my Francophile mother must have forced the rigid dance, not to mention the French language, on me. Nor did I enjoy my second brief encounter with ballet some three years later. To improve my ice-skating moves, a friend suggested I join her class.
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By Gina Kazimir and Gina Kazimir,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 14, 2001
Dance icon Twyla Tharp is returning to her roots - with a new company of her own, which performs tomorrow at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Tharp will be 60 this year. What prompted her to take on the arduous task of forming her own company again, called "Twyla Tharp Dance"? "The free-lance sabbatical was over," she says during a telephone interview. "I find that the ongoing experience of working with dancers with a shared vocabulary, and the opportunity to spend more time and go deeper is something you can't do with other companies.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
The national touring production of "Come Fly Away," Twyla Tharp's sensual ballet/musical set to the songs of Frank Sinatra, breezes through Baltimore this week. One of the featured dancers in the show will look very much at home on the stage of the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, who grew up in Ellicott City, had only recently left home when she first danced in that theater nine years ago, appearing in the tour of "Fosse," a showcase of Bob Fosse's choreography.
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By Gina Kazimir and Gina Kazimir,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 14, 2001
Dance icon Twyla Tharp is returning to her roots - with a new company of her own, which performs tomorrow at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Tharp will be 60 this year. What prompted her to take on the arduous task of forming her own company again, called "Twyla Tharp Dance"? "The free-lance sabbatical was over," she says during a telephone interview. "I find that the ongoing experience of working with dancers with a shared vocabulary, and the opportunity to spend more time and go deeper is something you can't do with other companies.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 8, 1996
Mark Morris. Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Twyla Tharp's new company. Tap Dogs, from Australia. And a rich variety of ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington.Any way you look at it, the 1996-1997 season promises to be a memorable one for fans of ballet and modern dance in Baltimore and Washington.One of the fall's most interesting dance events is the Mark Morris Dance Group's appearance at the U.S. Naval Academy's Alumni Hall in Annapolis. Morris, once called the enfant terrible of the dance world, will present several of his works and perhaps raise a few eyebrows when he and his company dance Oct. 18-19.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 28, 1996
Never on the cutting edge of dance, American Ballet Theatre has always evinced a certain conservatism in its programming. Even when presenting the most avant works, the company has given a nod to tradition.L This recent go around at the Kennedy Center is no exception.Artistic Director Keven McKenzie opened his six-day & 2/3 engagement Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center Opera House by presenting his dancers in the romantic classic "Paquita", Anthony Tudor's sentimental "The Leaves Are Fading" and Twyla Tharp's new dance "Americans We".Tomorrow, the company's program will change with Kenneth MacMillian's full-length ballet "Romeo and Juliet".
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | December 25, 1994
Dance fans were reminded again in 1994 that quantity and quality are separate issues. During the first part of the year, the Baltimore area had more dance to see than in the past few years. But more can sometimes be less.Most disappointing were the tried and true companies, such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hubbard Street Dance and the Washington Ballet. All turned in flat, non-memorable performances this year.On the other hand, our local independent companies have been on a steady course of improvement.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | September 17, 1993
Dance on the EdgeWhat: Donald Byrd/The GroupWhen: Today and Saturday at 8 p.m.Where: Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson State University, 7900 York RoadTickets: $11-$15Call: (410) 830-3369 Donald Byrd's new dance is provocatively titled "Bristle," but in a recent telephone interview the New York-based choreographer's demeanor was smooth and easy as he explained how a former Tufts University theater major made the switch to dance."My drama coach always said I was a mover." Mr. Byrd says. "Movement is language, and language is often shaped."
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | January 27, 1993
Washington -- Just in case you haven't heard, two old friends have gotten together to dance.Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov, along with a select group of nine dancers, have brought their national tour to the newly gilded Warner Theatre in a program of Ms. Tharp's original and eclectic choreography, "Cutting Up."The three main concerns of dancers -- performance, bodies and food -- provided a framework for the program Monday night. Three acts, "Shtick," "Bare Bones" and "Food," were decidedly different, uniquely Tharpian and accessible on several levels, and left the audience on its feet cheering.
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October 13, 2006
In the first of an occasional series, we explore the shopping experience. This week, we go with an 11-year-old and her dad to buy a Halloween costume. in GO TODAY Sunday The mind behind new pop musical Interview with Michael Dansicker, a native Baltimorean who adapted, arranged and orchestrated the music for the new Twyla Tharp-Bob Dylan musical, The Times They Are A-Changin', currently in previews on Broadway. in A&E TODAY online today TECH WHIZ To check out Mike Himowitz's technology column and podcast archive, go to: www.baltimoresun.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | September 16, 1994
If you've ever wondered what makes Twyla Tharp dance, or how she concocts dances, her latest endeavor -- "New Works," now at the Kennedy Center -- will give you a closeup view of the choreographer's personality and methods.Ms. Tharp has changed how dancers dance, but also dance's basic ingredients. It was a real treat to watch her and a select group of dancers work through their dances in an informal setting.For two months, seven dancers and Ms. Tharp have taken up residency in Washington, to create the "New Works."
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