The Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 19 at 7 PM, its first public performance since the pandemic shut down performance venues in March 2020. The company’s live performance on the Annenberg Center stage will be streamed online and includes an interactive Q&A with Artistic Director Michael Novak and Annenberg Center Executive and Artistic Director Christopher Gruits. Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for details.
The intimate program contains two works that carry on the dance icon Paul Taylor’s legacy. Set to music by William Boyce, the sentimental masterpiece Arden Court explores love and relationships, and was called “stunningly great” by The New York Times at its premiere in 1981. The Philadelphia premiere of A Field of Grass offers a humorous and exuberant ode to the 1960s against of backdrop of songs by Harry Nilsson. Company dancers appearing in the performance at the Annenberg Center are Eran Bugge, Michael Apuzzo, Christina Lynch Markham, Madelyn Ho, Lee Duveneck, Alex Clayton, John Harnage and Jada Pearman
Dance maker Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers in Manhattan on May 30, 1954. That modest performance marked the beginning of 64 years of unrivaled creativity, and in the decades that followed, Taylor became a cultural icon and one of American history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company has traveled the globe many times over, bringing Taylor’s ever-burgeoning repertoire to theatres and venues of every size and description in cultural capitals, on college campuses and in rural communities, often to places modern dance had never been seen before. The Taylor Company has performed in more than 500 cities in 64 countries, representing the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 countries, and touring extensively under the aegis of the U.S. Department of State. In 1997, the Company toured throughout India in celebration of that nation’s 50th anniversary. Its 1999 engagement in Chile was named the Best International Dance Event of 1999 by the country’s Art Critics’ Circle. In the summer of 2001, the Company toured in the People’s Republic of China and performed in six cities, four of which had never seen American modern dance before and has since returned on four separate multi-week tours. The Company regularly tours throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
While continuing to garner international acclaim, the Paul Taylor Dance Company performs more than half of each touring season in cities throughout the U.S. In celebration of the Company’s 50th anniversary and 50 years of creativity, the Taylor Foundation presented Taylor’s works in all 50 states between March of 2004 and November of 2005. That tour underscored the Taylor Company’s historic role as one of the early touring companies of American modern dance.
- Purchase access now through 7:30 PM on February 19. Tickets $25
- Watch live at 7 PM on February 19 to participate in the chat and Q&A with Michael Novak, the company’s Artistic Director. Available on-demand through February 20.
This is an original, live event performed on The Annenberg stage and streamed online.