IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press Release

July 28, 2004

No. 04-034


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Mokie Porter

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RENOWNED CHOREOGRAPHER TWYLA THARP
TO BE HONORED BY VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
 


(Washington, D.C.) –
Twyla Tharp, one of the nation’s most accomplished choreographers, will receive an award at Vietnam Veterans of America National Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville Hotel on Friday, August 6. The President’s Award recognizes her outstanding artistic accomplishments, including her critically and popularly acclaimed Broadway musical Movin’ Out, which deals with the legacy of the Vietnam War.

“Vietnam Veterans of America is pleased to recognize the work of Twyla Tharp,” said VVA national President Thomas H. Corey. “We have presented arts awards since 1987 and are proud that VVA, alone among the national veterans service organizations, recognizes contributions to American culture by Vietnam veterans and by others whose work is influenced by the Vietnam War and its veterans.”

Tharp has created more than 80 dances for, among others, the American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the New York City Ballet, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, in addition to her work for television, video, and theatre. Her dances reflect a wide range of music, from early American jazz to classical and rock. Tharp has choreographed for five feature films, including Hair, Ragtime, and Amadeus. She is the recipient of two Emmys, a Tony Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. VVA will honor Tharp for her entire body of work, including Movin’ Out, which she created, directed, and choreographed.

Several hundred Vietnam veterans will convene in Nashville for VVA’s National Leadership Conference, which begins on Wednesday, August 4. The President’s Award also will be presented to the documentary filmmakers Patrick and Cheryl Fries in recognition of their film In the Shadow of the Blade, and to the country music singer George Jones in honor of his recording, “50,000 Names.” Tharp and the Fries will attend the conference to receive their awards. Jones will send a videotaped acceptance speech.

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