Joyce Theater

Rose Marie Wright and Sara Rudner: Back in the Studio with Twyla Tharp

by Laura Diffenderfer

In August, two of Twyla Tharp Dance’s founding members, Sara Rudner and Rose Marie Wright, reunited to help to reconstruct Tharp’s 1972 work THE RAGGEDY DANCES, in which they both originated roles. The importance of these two figures in relationship to Tharp’s work can’t be understated. In Marcia B. Seigal’s book on Tharp, "Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance," the dedication calls them out explicitly: "For Rose and Sara and all the others who made Tharp dance." Tharp dedicated her 1976 season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Wright, and Rudner, who danced with Tharp for 20 years, remains a dedicated ally and champion of the choreographer.

Marimekko Designer Teemu Muurimäki on His Collaboration with Tero Saarinen

Choreographer Tero Saarinen always pays strong attention to the design elements in his works, and costuming is no exception. Enter fashion designer Teemu Muurimäki, who designed the wardrobe for Morphed, which will performed at The Joyce Oct 18 – 22. Muurimäki has worked in Paris, Milan and Sydney, designing for major international brands such as Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and, most recently, the iconic Finnish design house Marimekko. We sat down with him to learn more about his first collaboration in dance. 

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Conductor Scott Speck on “Romeo & Juliet”

by Laura Diffenderfer

With performances in London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, Scott Speck has inspired international acclaim as a conductor of passion, intelligence and personality. Speck was named Artistic Director of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra in June of 2013, and has been Music Director of the Joffrey Ballet since 2010.

We sat down with Speck to discuss The Joffrey’s upcoming “Romeo & Juliet,” for which he will conduct the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, featuring members of the Chicago Philharmonic, performing Sergei Prokofiev's sweeping score. 

What do you try to bring out in the score of “Romeo & Juliet”?