Creative Habit Learn It and Use It for Life

ISBN-10: 0743235266
ISBN-13: 9780743235266
Edition: 2003
Authors: Twyla Tharp
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/7/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.

Modern dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp was born in Portland, Indiana. As a child, Tharp was an accomplished musician, dancer, and athlete. In the early 1960s, she went to New York City to study dance, and she performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1963 to 1965. Then, in 1965, she formed her own small company, focusing her efforts on choreographing severe modern-dance works. As both a dancer and a choreographer, Tharp is noted for her ability to create dance with a popular appeal without losing integrity or depth. Although her first works were rather somber and highly structured in style, her later works have often captured a more whimsical note. Eight Jelly Rolls (1971), for example, delighted audiences with its dancing set to the jazz piano music of "Jelly Roll" Morton. Other enormously popular works include Coupe (1973), a piece set to music by the Beach Boys, and Push Comes to Shove (1976), which was choreographed for the ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov. In addition to creating works for her own company, Tharp has created commissioned pieces for a number of other dance companies, for films, and for nondancers in such other entertainment fields as ice-skating and sports. These works include Bach Partita (1984), created for American Ballet Theatre, When We Were Very Young (1980) and The Catherine Wheel (1983), created for Broadway, and dance numbers created for the films Hair (1979) and White Knights (1985).

I Walk into a White Room
Rituals of Preparation
Your Creative DNA
Harness Your Memory
Before You Can Think out of the Box, You Have to Start with a Box
Scratching
Accidents Will Happen
Spine
Skill
Ruts and Grooves
An "A" in Failure
The Long Run

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