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Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance

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For more than four decades, Twyla Tharp has been a phenomenon in American dance, a choreographer who not only broke the rules but refused to repeat her own successes. At the conclusion of Howling Near Heaven, Marcia Siegel writes about the thrill of watching Tharp choreograph in 1991: "Tharp's movement can be planned or spontaneous, personal, funny, hard as hell, precise e ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published March 7th 2006)
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Sarahanne
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very comprehensive overview of Twyla Tharp's work, "Howling Near Heaven" includes extensive interviews with her dancers and collaborators. As a dancer I understand better why her work was (and still is) groundbreaking. She makes no excuses for herself and expects nothing but the best from her dancers.

"Howling" traces Tharp's career from her days at Barnard up to "Movin' Out" (mercifully leaving out her Bob Dylan jukebox-musical "The Times They Are A-Changin'") and while the perfectionist in he
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Glenda
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
American Dance Festival honored Twyla this year with a reprisal of Spring Fields. I was mesmerized by the performance. So inspired, I decided to read more about her. Not only a icon in the dance world, she is brilliant and brings this insight into her choreography. I am simultaneously reading her own book The Creative Habit. It is a really cool way to learn about this powerful woman.
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The author is a resident of New York, where she is a dance critic for for New York Magazine and the Hudson Review. She also teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to work on her book, The Shapes of Change.
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