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The Joyce names Twyla Tharp artist-in-residence

By Gia Kourlas

Twyla Tharp, the groundbreaking choreographer—and a personal favorite—has been selected by the Joyce Theater Foundation as its 2014–2016 artist-in-residence. "I am very grateful to the Joyce Theater for the secure home in New York City," she says in a statement. The grant, made possible from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides free studio and administrative space, office services and an annual salary with benefits. All this is to say that Tharp, who choreographed the hit musical Movin' Out, is gearing up for her 50th-anniversary season; the details have not yet been released, but Tharp has let it slip that she is working on a new book. She's already penned three, including her autobiography Push Comes to Shove and The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life (of which Howard Stern is a fan!). The residency also makes it possible for Tharp to offer open company classes weekdays from 10:30am to noon at the Joyce-operated DANY Studios. Teachers include Rika Okamoto, Alexander Brady, Matthew Dibble and John Selya. Visit Tharp's website for more information.


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