Her impudent, loose-limbed, and immensely popular choreography, which combines elements from ballet, jazz, and modern dance, is characterized by high energy and meticulous discipline despite its pop-culture effects. Her works include Deuce Coupe (1973), Push Comes to Shove (1975), Baker's Dozen (1979), When We Were Very Young (1980), Nine Sinatra Songs (1982), In the Upper Room (1986), and The Beethoven Seventh (2000). Tharp also has choreographed for stage and film musicals, and conceived, directed, and choreographed the two-act Broadway ballet Movin' Out (2002), set to songs by Billy Joel. She also choreographed the much less successful The Times They Are a-Changin' (2006), based on Bob Dylan songs, and the alternately praised and panned dance musical Come Fly Away (2010), set to songs by Frank Sinatra .
See her autobiography, Push Comes to Shove (1992); M. B. Siegel, Howling near Heaven: Twyla Therp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance (2006).
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