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Alabama Ballet to stage Tharp, ‘Paquita,’ Van Fleteren at ‘Ovation’

(Michael Huebner, The Birmingham News) Dance enthusiasts who are also film buffs may notice a striking resemblance this weekend between Twyla Tharp’s “Baker’s Dozen” and the 1979 movie “Hair.”

Tharp created the choreography for the counter-culture, anti-war film — an adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical — at about the same time as “Baker’s Dozen,” a modern classic that Alabama Ballet will perform Saturday and next Sunday at the Alys Stephens Center.

“She made it right after she had done ‘Hair,’ so some of the movement worked its way in,” recalled Elaine Kudo, then a dancer with Tharp’s company. “The movement crossed over from one piece to the other. It has a very community feel in that everybody is featured somewhat. She likes that sort of family, group feel.”

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