Twyla Tharp's Famous 'Eight Jelly Roll' Dance
Choreographed by Twyla Tharp in 1971 'Eight Jelly Rolls' has become a canonical work in American dance history. The style exhibited in the performance combines elements from classical ballet, jazz, tap, athletics, hip-hop, and also includes music by Jelly Roll Morton.
Twyla Tharp provide an inside look at the way she approaches her work.
Twyla Tharp's creative process is very physical.
Archival footage shows one of Twyla Tharp's dances in Central Park amongst the public.
In 1981, Twyla Tharp commissioned David Byrne of the Talking Heads to write music for her.
The collaboration was "lightening in a bottle," according to Tharp.
How Tharp directed her own education at Barnard College.
Tharp discovers a technical challenge that makes choreographing virtually even harder.