Twyla Tharp at The Joyce Theater
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:45 am EST 01/18/24

The Joyce Theater Foundation


Twyla Tharp Dance

Program of Three Works

Including Two World Premieres

From Revolutionary Dance Creator

Featuring a Company of World-Class Dancers

February 13-25

The Joyce Theater

175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street

New York City

(New York, New York—January 18, 2024) -- The Joyce Theater Foundation (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) welcomes the return of one of the century's most iconic and acclaimed artists, the trailblazing Twyla Tharp. Presenting a program of two world premieres and one classic work, her sensational company of dancers, Twyla Tharp Dance, will play The Joyce Theater from February 13-25. Tickets, ranging in price from $12-$82 (including fees), can be purchased at, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit

With her signature wit, technical precision, and joyful ease, Twyla Tharp continues to expand her artistic range in her seventh decade of dance as her eponymous company returns to the legendary Joyce Theater. The boundary-breaking dancemaker will put her celebrated creative vision on full display with a pair of world premieres. The remarkable artists of her company, Twyla Tharp Dance, will also take on a classic work from the choreographer's extensive repertoire, once again proving that the artistry of this world-renowned master of movement knows no bounds. The world premieres include Brel, a solo set to music by Jacques Brel and performed on alternating performances by Herman Cornejo and Daniel Ulbricht, and The Ballet Master, set to music by Simeon ten Holt and Vivaldi and performed by Miriam Gittens, Daisy Jacobson, John Selya, Reed Tankersley, Jake Tribus, Cassandra Trenary, and Daniel Ulbricht. The new works will be complimented by Ocean's Motion (1975), set to music by Chuck Berry and performed by Miriam Gittens, Daisy Jacobson, Skye Mattox, Reed Tankersley, and Jake Tribus.

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Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred sixty works: one hundred twenty-nine dances, twelve television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines. She received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President's Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, the 2008 Jerome Robbins Prize, and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor. Her many grants include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In 1965, Ms. Tharp founded her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance. Her dances are known for creativity, wit and technical precision coupled with a streetwise nonchalance. By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing, and inventions of her own making – Ms. Tharp's work expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance.

In addition to choreographing for her own company, she has created dances for The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Boston Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Today, ballet and dance companies around the world continue to perform Ms. Tharp's works.


The Joyce Theater Foundation ("The Joyce," Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community for more than four decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opening as The Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dance and has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 475 U.S.-based and international companies. The Joyce has also expanded its reach beyond its Chelsea home through off-site presentations at venues ranging in scope from Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, to Brooklyn's Invisible Dog Art Center, and outdoor programming in spaces such as Hudson River Park. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commissioning and residency programs. Local students and teachers (1st–12th grade) benefit from its school program, and family and adult audiences get closer to dance with access to artists. The Joyce's annual season of about 48 weeks of dance includes over 300 performances for audiences of over 100,000.

The Joyce Theater presents the return of Twyla Tharp Dance from February 13-25. The performance schedule is as follows: Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm. Tickets, ranging in price from $12-$82 (including fees), can be purchased at, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit

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Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been received from the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

Champion support for The Joyce's annual programming has been provided by Howard Gilman Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.

Major support for The Joyce has been provided by Catskill Mountain Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, MacMillan Family Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

The Joyce's presentation of U.S.-based dance companies is supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts.

Commissioning support for Twyla Tharp Dance provided by the Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work.

The Joyce Theater's Fall '23/Winter '24 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Council Member Erik Bottcher.

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