cal poly artsChoreographer Twyla Tharp – one of the century’s most treasured artists – continues to celebrate her 50th anniversary of groundbreaking creativity and dance-making with a tour stop at the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Tharp’s hand-chosen and meticulously-rehearsed ensemble brings her choreography to life. With each piece, Tharp turns her decades of experience into living proof that time is her partner as she continues to deepen and expand her singular imagination.

Cal Poly Arts is proud to present the contemporary dance icon’s evening of classic and new works. The program begins with the folksy and lively Country Dances from 1976. Set to music from America’s heartland, the dancers showcase Tharp’s interpretation as they do-si-do through square dance adaptations. Next is Tharp’s newest work, a dramatic piece featuring longtime Tharp dancer Matthew Dibble with the company, set to two movements from Beethoven’s Opus 130 and his Grosse Fuge. The evening closes with 1980’s tour de force, Brahms Paganini, a work for six set to Books I & II of Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Opus 36 by Johannes Brahms. This dance showcases the virtuosity of Tharp’s dancers, featuring a male soloist who dances all of Book I and a quartet and female soloist who display a high level of partnering expertise and stamina in the movement of Book II.

A free pre-show lecture will held at 6:30 p.m. at the PAC Pavilion, led by Cal Poly Dance Dept. faculty member, Diana Stanton.

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Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $28.80 – $66 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus; by phone at 805/756-4849; online at

Sponsored by Barbara Bell, Drs. Edwin & Janet Chen Hayashi and Dr. Howard & Stephanie Hayashi, Patricia McNamara in loving memory of Francis Mcnamara

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