I was so intimidated to interview dance legend Twyla Tharp. One of her latest works, Come Fly Away is at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
A good phrase is a good phrase, she says. “It’s like a good melody. It’s like a composer at a piano bench — he remembers his melodies. I’ll remember a very good phrase that never made it anywhere and I rephrase it.”
Her phrases — or series of dance movements — have formed more than 135 works, including Broadway shows, movies and original dances, many for the world’s most eminent ballet companies. Sometimes, she’ll remember a good work and she’ll re-imagine it or expand it, which is the case with Come Fly Away, a dance revue set to the songs of Frank Sinatra.
Here is the rest of our interview in the National Post.