Fredonia Shakespeare Club learns about creativity in dance

The Fredonia Shakes-peare Club met recently for its 10th regular meeting of the 2013-2014 year, hosted by Mrs. Brian Woods at the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County headquarters in Dunkirk. Club President Mrs. Robert Woodbury presided.

Keeping with the theme for the year “Creativity & the Spark of Genius,” Dr. Virginia Horvath presented her paper entitled “Creativ-ity & Collaboration: Twyla Tharp,” which she summarized as follows:

For almost 50 years, Twyla Tharp has been a creative force in the world of dance. From her first choreographed work in 1965 to her most recent work in 2013, she is known for dances that resist easy classification as ballet, jazz, tap, or modern.

She is also known for choreographing works to the music of popular icons such as The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, and Bob Dylan, as well as orchestral, ragtime, and R&B music.

Virginia Horvath’s paper provided an overview of this dancer/choreographer’s remarkable career, which includes more than 160 choreographed works, film choreographies, and a Broadway musical.

Most importantly for the theme of this year’s Shakespeare club, Horvath focused on the approaches to creativity and collaboration Tharp explains in her books. As an innovator who continues to build on her classical training to push the limits of movement and art, Tharp – at age 72 – continues to show the hard work, genius, and collaborative spirit at the center of creativity.

After the presentation, characterized by much energy, and spontaneous positive comments by members as Dr. Horvath read her paper, Mrs. Woods called the group to tea. Mrs. Woods was assisted by Mrs. Homer Garretson.

At the next meeting of the Club, to be hosted by Mrs. Louis Richardson at her home, she will present her paper on Frederic Chopin, which will be illustrated by musical examples on the piano.