Twyla Tharp's Sexy New Twirls

Back at the barre after five years, Tharp combines some energetic kicks with piquant commentary on modern life

As the curtain rises, the star is standing at the barre, one foot waggling over the horizontal. The problem, she announces, is how men and women might dance together since the twist tore them forever out of each other's arms. "The twist," she observes, "was an unforgiving movement" in which the body got stuck, first on one side, then on the other. A hilarious demonstration proves the point.

Twyla Tharp is back in more ways than one. Having stopped dancing at 45, she is performing again at 50. Having lost her company in the toils of the recession, she has organized...

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