Twyla Tharp in Tannersville

Following a monthlong residency at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, Twyla Tharp and her dancers will stage a performance of two earlier works, plus works-in-progress, this Saturday evening. Yes, that Twyla Tharp: the iconic and iconoclastic modern dance choreographer of more than 160 works, winner of two Emmy Awards, one Tony, 19 honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President’s Award, the National Medal of the Arts, the Jerome Robbins Prize and a Kennedy Center Honor.

On the program is Minimalism and Me, which includes projections of Twyla’s early artwork as backdrops for selections reconstructed from dance pieces choreographed between 1965 and 1970. It recollects Tharp’s experiences while living among major visual artists of the time, illuminating the progression of Minimalism in the 1960s and ’70s and the influence the movement had on her choreography. The second work is a restaging of two of the dances from the original Eight Jelly Rolls (1971), Tharp’s first work intended for a proscenium stage, inspired by the music of Jelly Roll Morton.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. Tickets cost $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and $7 for students when purchased in advance; at the door, they’ll cost $30, $25 and $7. To order, call (518) 263-2063 or visit


Twyla Tharp Dance, Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $30/$25/$20/$7, Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main St., Tannersville, (518) 263-2063,,