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The Joyce Theater Names Movin' Out Choreographer Twyla Tharp as Its Artist in Residence

The Tony-winning artist will receive support for a two-year period.

Twyla Tharp has been named artist-in-residence at The Joyce Theater.
Twyla Tharp has been named artist in residence at the Joyce Theater.

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The Joyce Theater Foundation has announced that Tony Award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp has been selected as The Joyce's artist in residence. The appointment will provide a rehearsal studio, administrative space, office services, and an annual salary with benefits for a two-year period.

The residency is designed to allow choreographers to focus on artistic efforts and to establish a daily choreographic practice.This initiative is part of a grant to The Joyce, received in June 2012, from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Open company classes will be offered each weekday beginning October 1 at DANY Studios. The classes will be taught by Tharp Ballet Masters and Dancers Rika Okamoto, Alexander Brady, Mathew Dibble, and John Selya.

"I am very grateful to The Joyce Theater for the secure home in New York City," said Tharp in a statement. "I look forward to offering daily classes to the public and conducting rehearsals on a consistent basis."

Twyla Tharp has choreographed many Broadway shows, including Movin' Out, for which she won a Tony. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1965, Ms. Tharp founded her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance.