Tharp staged the world premiere of I Remember Clifford, based on jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, for Hubbard Street in 1995. The group has also produced Tharp's Fait Accompli, Nine Sinatra Songs, The Golden Section, Baker’s Dozen, The Fugue and Sue’s Leg.
Tharp will receive the Spotlight Award during Hubbard Street's Spotlight Ball, which will be held at the Hilton Chicago. Hubbard Street founder Lou Conte will present Tharp with the honor for her "creative vision and unique role in American choreography and her history with the company."
Tharp has also been commissioned to stage a new piece for the organization this fall. The yet-to-be-titled work will launch the company's 2011-2012 season, Oct. 13-16 at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park.
According to Edgerton, "I approached her with the idea of a project that would represent her rebellious nature, which in the sixties and the onset of her career is what brought her choreography to prominence. Consequently, we are embarking on a new creation by Twyla that demonstrates her wonderful sense of creative rebellion."
Tharp previously delivered the Tony-winning Broadway musical Movin' Out (featuring the music of Billy Joel) and the short-lived production of The Times They Are A Changin' (with the music of Bob Dylan). Her last Broadway venture, Come Fly Away, inspired by the music of Frank Sinatra, played a brief Broadway run last season. It currently plays Las Vegas under the title Sinatra Dance With Me and will launch a national tour this fall.