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Tharp and Baryshnikov's "totally unexpected" collaboration

Clip: 03/26/2021 | 4m 32s | Video has closed captioning.

In the 1970's, choreographer Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov collaborated, resulting in a dance that was "totally unexpected" for the classically trained ballet star from Russia. Archival footage shows Baryshnikov in "Push," which starts in a modern "slouch" style and continues with "all he's got." "It can only have happened between the two of us at that moment in time," Tharp recalls.

Aired: 03/26/21

Rating: NR

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