In The New York Times, a new ballet by choreographer Twyla Tharp '63 is celebrated as a return to the tradition of narrative dance. An excerpt:
"The new work is based on a fantastical 19th-century tale by George MacDonald and was, for Ms. Tharp, many years in the making. It was commissioned jointly by the Atlanta Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
It’s a daring move; the libretto isn’t one that American audiences are familiar with. Just as she is stepping into unknown territory, she is hoping that her audiences will take the leap too."
Dance professor Lynn Garafola was also quoted in the article, talking about prior attempts to ressurrect story-driven ballet. “I think many choreographers are approaching it almost as a marketing proposition: we need a big ballet because audiences like stories,” she said.
Read the full article here.