The New York Times recently published a career-spanning profile of acclaimed dance maker, author, and director Twyla Tharp ’63, Barnard’s Distinguished Guest Artist for the 2014-15 academic year. The article comes as Tharp prepares two lecture-performances – at Barnard on April 13 and at Hunter College on April 16 – that will formally kick off her 50th year creating innovative dance works.

Tharp’s April 13 lecture-demonstration at Barnard will feature a student performance of her 1970 work “The Fugue,” and the Times article touches upon her experience working with Barnard students to prepare for this event. An excerpt:

“[Tharp’s] Barnard students are learning ‘The Fugue’ based on these materials to prove how a dance, like other artifacts, can be rebuilt. ‘We could teach it to them directly,’ she said. ‘They wouldn’t do it very well, but they’d sort of do a ‘Fugue.’ This way, they have to earn it.’”

Read the full article.

The lecture-demonstration will also feature a preview of Tharp’s brand-new piece, “Work For Eight Dancers,” set to a Beethoven string quartet. Learn more about the April 13 event.

Barnard’s Distinguished Guest Artist series was created in 2014 to bring world-class artists to the Barnard campus in an effort to bridge the visual, performing, and liberal arts. Tharp, the first artist to hold this position, has participated in a range of campus activities throughout this academic year, including master classes, lectures, workshops, and other events.