Her impudent, loose-limbed, and immensely popular choreography, which combines elements from ballet and 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), The Beethoven Seventh (2000), and A Gathering of Ghosts (2019). Tharp also has choreographed for stage and film musicals, and conceived, directed, and choreographed several Broadway ballets, most notably Movin' Out (2002), set to songs by Billy Joel.
See her The Creative Habit (2003), The Collaborative Habit (2009), and Keep it Moving (2019); her autobiography, Push Comes to Shove (1992); M. B. Siegel, Howling near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance (2006).
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