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“Paul Taylor Dance Company is perhaps the most beloved and respected modern dance company in the world, famous for Mr. Taylor’s wit, its sunny expansiveness, its all-American optimism and its occasional forays into darkness and gloom,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
Choreographer Paul Taylor, the last living member of the pantheon that created America’s indigenous art of modern dance, will showcase the modern dance company at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, in the Main Stage Theatre of the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College.
At an age when most artists’ best work is behind them, Taylor continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his creations. Since his origins as a dance maker in 1954, he offers cogent observations on life’s complexities while tackling some of society’s thorniest issues.
While he may propel his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, he more frequently uses them to illuminate such profound issues as war, piety, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality. If, as George Balanchine said, there are no mothers-in-law in ballet, there certainly are dysfunctional families, disillusioned idealists, imperfect religious leaders, angels and insects in Mr. Taylor’s dances.”
Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. Taylor worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests as well as teach and provide community outreach.
Taylor looked back to the 1954 origins of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for the structure of his new company: six professionals with a particular gift for his style who perform his work throughout the world.
Main Stage Theatre
$ 23, free to E&H students, faculty and staff.* 17% subscription discount
*One ticket per student; Two tickets per faculty/staff member. Must claim in-person at the box office with E&H ID