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Calendar, Night&Day Trippy Beer Ballet

Trippy Beer Ballet

Twyla Tharp’s Surfer at the River Styx and Patrick Corbin’s Psychedelic Six Pack: The names alone tip you off. Company C Contemporary Ballet isn’t normal, and it doesn’t choose normal dances to do. The group is known for unpretentious rigor,…
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Calendar, Night&Day In Good Company

In Good Company

The local Company C Contemporary Ballet -- directed by one-time New York City Ballet dancer Charles Anderson -- counts among its many artistic assets a strong relationship with master choreographer Twyla Tharp. It’s a good pairing. While Tharp has earned…
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Culture, Stage

Movin' Out

Billy Joel is perfect for Broadway: big, dumb songs about love and pain. Choreographer and director Twyla Tharp has assembled a series of weirdly literal interpretive dances set to Joel songs that almost tell a story, starting with Brenda and…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Good Word

The Good Word

Robert Moses didn't create the dance pieces Word of Mouth and A Biography of Baldwin especially for Black History Month, but their timing is apt nonetheless. The Bay Area-based choreographer, a self-proclaimed "history geek," is reviving the former and premiering…
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Culture, Dance Outside  the Box

Outside the Box

Try to sneak choreographer Alonzo King into a categorical box, even in the role of iconoclast, and he turns impatient, almost testy. The tall, soft-spoken artistic director of Lines Ballet is the founder of the leading experimental ballet company in…
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Culture, Dance Youth and Beauty

Youth and Beauty

Twyla Tharp started it 28 years ago when she blasted the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe" through New York's City Center. Onstage, while Brian Wilson's voice whined sweetly, Tharp's pop spectacle by the Joffrey Ballet got under way. A tall…
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