Twyla Tharp: Living the Creative Life

October 18, 2014
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Cultural Events
Hanes Auditorium, Elberson Fine Arts Center

Twyla Tharp, American dancer, choreographer, writer and director of stage, TV and film, will share from her life’s experiences, and from her book The Creative Habit. Dancers Rika Okamoto and Alexander Brady will participate throughout as well as lead demonstrations that feature Salem College dance students performing excerpts from Tharp’s early dance piece, “Torelli,” followed by excerpts from Tharp’s community based piece, “The One Hundreds.” The evening will have one intermission, and after the final curtain, a reception will be held in the lobby with Tharp, Okamoto, and Brady.


Rika OkamotoRika Okamoto began dance training in 1978. In 1989, she came to New York and began training with Martha Graham. Okamoto first danced with Twyla Tharp in 1993 as a principle dancer in Tharp’s work, “Demeter and Persephone,” made for Martha Graham Dance Company. Currently Okamoto assists Tharp with training and education programs for dancers. She has been a guest teacher at many colleges and institutions worldwide.

Alexander BradyAlexander Brady began dancing in 1977 and trained at the Boston School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet. As a professional dancer he began at the Joffrey ballet for four years before working as soloist with Edward Villella at the Miami City Ballet for seven years. He began working with Tharp in 2000. Brady has been an original cast member in over 10 Tharp works and currently is working directly with Tharp to create and disseminate training and education programs for professional and non-professional dancers.

Winston-Salem Can Dance!

Sign up to dance on stage with a group of community volunteers during Twyla Tharp's October 18th visit to Salem College! Participants must choose one hour-long rehearsal time and be available on Oct. 18 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Previous dance experience is not required. Participation is limited to the first 100 responses.

To register:

Made possible by a generous gift from June Porter Johnson.

This free event has general admission seating and is open to the public. Reservations are not required.


Gail Adams