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Paul Taylor Dance Company - Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Season Opening Event!

Paul Taylor Dance CompanyIn the 1950s, Martha Graham dubbed Paul Taylor the "naughty boy" of dance and he has been shaking things up ever since.  His company has toured worldwide, selling out large-scale houses like the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Center, the Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center, the Paris Opera House and many others.  As the opening night of our 2012-2013 season, our audience will have the opportunity to see this groundbreaking modern dance company up close when his dancers give a one-night-only performance in the Center's intimate Kay Theatre.2012-09-08-paul-taylor-dance-co.jpg The evening includes works that span Taylor's impressive career: 3 Epitaphs (1956), performed to early New Orleans jazz and infused with humor; Aureole (1962) performed to Baroque music and known as Taylor's first major success; Brandenburgs (1988), which celebrates the good things in life; and The Uncommitted (2011), which explores the human condition. Of his work, he says, "I make dances because I can't help it. Working on dances has become a way of life, an addiction that at times resembles a fatal disease. Even so, I've no intention of kicking the habit. I make dances because I believe in the power of contemporary dance, its immediacy, its potency, its universality." Learn more about the Paul Taylor Dance Company in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and through these UMD Libraries resources:
  • Books on Paul Taylor and the Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Film featuring performances choreographed by Taylor and featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Archival material held in the Special Collections in the Performing Arts (SCPA), housed at the University of Maryland's Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library: The Maryland Dance Theater collection covers the period from 1973 to 1988. The collection consists of programs, photographs, correspondence, press clippings, publicity materials, various records of performance, and other organizational documents that outline its history.
  • Streaming video: see Paul Taylor's Dancing on the Edge, performed at the 1992 American Dance Festival