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PERFORMING THARP'S "NOIR"

On October 8th and 9th, the IU Ballet Theater presented its 2010 Annual Fall Ballet entitled “A Choreographer’s Evening.” Choreographers George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Joshua Bergasse gave the dancers the challenges of performing classical, modern, and contemporary works on one program. Tharp’s 1994 “Noir” opened the evening with music by Bela Bartok performed by Madalyn and violinist Tim Kantor. Of Bartok’s two volumes of violin duets, Tharp used about half, or two dozen, for her ballet. Performing live with dancers was a new and wonderful experience for Madalyn, and she and Tim were recognized by both the Herald Times reviewer and Ms. Tharp herself for their beautiful and compelling reading of the duets. Ms. Tharp added that this was the best performance of “Noir” yet, and she felt it was the result of dancers collaborating with live musicians! There simply is nothing as inspiring as live music!