Marlboro College


Renowned Twyla Tharp Scholar
to Speak at Marlboro College

Marlboro, Vermont--Marcia B. Siegel, internationally known dance critic, historian and teacher, will discuss the choreographic legacy of Twyla Tharp on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Whittemore Theater as part of the Marlboro College Monday Night Lecture Series. Please note that Siegel's visit will replace that of Liz Swados, who has cancelled for the fall.

In “Exploring Twyla Tharp's Choreography” Siegel will discuss Twarp’s vast scope of work in dance, film and theater has spanned many decades and set many new trends in the world of dance and the performing arts.

Siegel is the author of The Shapes of Change: Images of American Dance and Days on Earth, a biography of choreographer Doris Humphrey, as well as three collections of reviews and commentary. Siegel's recently completed book, Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance, will be published in March 2006 by St. Martin's Press.

Over the past 35 years Siegel has reviewed dance regularly for major American newspapers and magazines including the Christian Science Monitor, New York Magazine, the Soho Weekly News, and, currently, the Boston Phoenix. Her essays have appeared in reference works, books, general publications and journals, including the Hudson Review, where she has been a contributing editor since 1973. A founding member of the Dance Critics Association, Siegel has given workshops for dance critics and writers since 1970. She was the DCA's 2004 Senior Critic Honoree. Siegel’s work is a subject of First We Take Manhattan--Four American Women and the New York School of Dance Criticism by Diana Theodores.

In 1971 Siegel received a certificate in Laban Movement Analysis (CMA). Siegel has been using film and video since the early 1970s, both to strengthen her own research and to ground the teaching of dance analysis, criticism and history. Marcia Siegel has appeared as a guest lecturer and workshop leader in Hong Kong, Taipei, Berlin, Vienna, London, Paris, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Manila, Jakarta, and the US and Canada. From 1983-1999 she was a member of the resident faculty of the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she taught graduate courses in writing and criticism, movement analysis and dance studies. She lives in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Marlboro’s Monday Night Lectures Series is funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and an anonymous donor. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (

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