Twyla Tharp, dancer, choreographer, pioneer of the “crossover” ballet, joins the College as a Distinguished Guest Artist for the 2014–2015 academic year. In this capacity, Tharp, who received Barnard’s Medal of Distinction in 1982, will participate in a variety of academic and artistic undertakings, including lectures, interdisciplinary projects, and workshops. In this lecture, based on her New York Times best-selling book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life, she talks about the principles and practices for success in life and art. For Tharp, sustained creativity begins with rituals, self-knowledge, harnessing memories, and organizing of materials. In her creative realm, optimism rules. Since graduating from Barnard, Tharp has created more than 160 works for concert and commercial stages. She has received many awards including one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, and 19 honorary doctorates.
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