Disc 1 (ca. 65 min.). [Begins abruptly.] Twyla Tharp speaks with Don McDonagh about the recent London tour of her company [Twyla Tharp and Dancers] to film certain works for ITV, including Eight jelly rolls, and to perform live; the company's rehearsals in London; the publicity for the tour; Frederick Ashton's favorable opinion of the performance; the films made for ITV; the company's live performances, including the critical reception; the strain on the company of performing for nine consecutive nights; financial aspects of the tour; her plans regarding teaching, in particular the classes she plans to offer; her reasons for not maintaining a repertory; reasons she does not wish at this time to accept commissions for other companies; reasons for and conditions under which she would choreograph for New York City Ballet [short gap]; her current interest in using a Bach composition as a dance score; her feelings about her son, in particular regarding the effect on her work of having a child; her tendency to reject instruction in favor of self-help; her parents' self-reliance; her feelings about how her personality came across in a filmed interview; the relationship of personality and professional success, for example in the cases of George Balanchine and Frederick Ashton; discussion in general terms of Ashton's choreography and Balanchine's choreography; her difficulty in finding compatible musicians; the composers Steve Reich and Terry Reilly. [Ends abruptly.]
Disc 2 (ca. 12 min.). [Begins abruptly.] Twyla Tharp speaks with Don McDonagh about the concept of returning to basics - "square one" - in dance and in music; her physical condition; other personal matters relating to her sister and to Tharp's son, Jesse.