Innovators Of American Dance: Lecture/Demo On Paul Taylor
Wednesday, October 9, 2019,6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Continuing our popular annual series exploring the evolution of Dance in America, we invite the public and the campus community to a lecture/demo/discussion exploring the choreographic innovations of Paul Taylor. This series is co-hosted with the Sarasota Ballet.
Taylor trained under modern dance greats like Martha Graham and José Limón and joined the Graham Dance Company as a soloist in 1955, remaining with the group for several seasons. He also worked with choreographers Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine, who created the solo work “Episodes” specifically for Taylor as a 1959 New York City Ballet guest artist.
Over the decades, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has created a repertory that has solidified its status as one of the premier modern dance organizations in the world. Taylor ruffled critics with earlier, convention-defying works like “Seven New Dances: Duet” (1957), which famously utilizes a lack of movement. Taylor’s style often relies upon blending every day, natural gestures with more traditional technique. He has a vivid knack for irreverence and humor as well, as seen with the playful pastoral, “Arden Court” (1981).
As of spring 2013, he has created more than 130 works, many of which have been set on dozens of other companies like the Royal Danish Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.