Choreographer Twyla Tharp to speak March 18

Tickets available next week for UIndy community, Feb. 23 for general public

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Twyla Tharp by Richard Avedon

Award-winning choreographer and dancer Twyla Tharp will speak on campus March 18 as part of UIndy’s Sutphin Lecture Series.

Tharp’s talk, “The Creative Habit,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Tickets for the general public are $10, available at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 through UIndy’s Event Ticketing Center, Seating is general admission, and doors will open at 6 p.m.

For the UIndy community, however, tickets will be available next week:

  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, UIndy students may claim one free ticket per person, either online or from the Event Ticketing Center at the entrance to Ransburg Auditorium.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, faculty and staff members may purchase up to two tickets per person for $10 each through the ETC.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, UIndy alumni may purchase up to two tickets per person for $10 each through Alumni Central at
  • Additional tickets may be purchased in the public sale beginning Feb. 23.

A native of Portland, Ind., and a graduate of Barnard College, Tharp has choreographed more than 164 works: 129 dances, 12 television specials, six Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows, and two figure-skating routines. By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing and her own inventions – her work has expanded the boundaries of ballet and modern dance.

Tharp has received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor, among other awards. Her many grants have included the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her books include The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life (2003, Simon & Schuster) and The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together (2009, Simon & Schuster).