Tue., March 15, 2011 4:32pm (EDT)

Twyla Tharp Partners With Atlanta Ballet
By Rickey Bevington
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Photo Image: Twyla Tharp
Photo Image: Twyla Tharp
One of the world’s most prolific choreographers has chosen the Atlanta Ballet for her next project. Twlya Tharp will spend the next year creating a ballet for professional dancers as well as children.

The work will include music from Austrian composer Franz Shubert and will be based on a 150-year-old Scottish tale … with a modern twist:

“This ballet will in fact be the story of a girl’s coming of age. It’s a traditional, romantic-era tale, but it’s always a male coming of age, from Geothe on.”

Tharpe has choreographed 135 projects over a 50-year career spanning Hollywood, Broadway, television, and theater.

The Atlanta Ballet will host the world premier of her new work in February 2012. The production is in partnership with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada.