Paul Taylor, one of the most accomplished artists this nation has ever produced, continues to shape America’s indigenous art of modern dance as he has since becoming a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954. Having performed with Martha Graham’s company for several years, Mr. Taylor uniquely bridges the legendary founders of modern dance – Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Doris Humphrey and Ms. Graham – and the dance makers of the 21st Century with whom he is now working.
Through a new initiative at Lincoln Center – Paul Taylor American Modern Dance – great modern works of the past and outstanding works by today’s leading choreographers are presented alongside Mr. Taylor’s own vast and growing repertoire. And Taylor Company Commissions enables the next generation of dance makers to work with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, thereby helping to ensure the future of the art form. As an integral part of Mr. Taylor’s vision, these dances are accompanied at Lincoln Center by live music whenever so intended by the choreographer.
In 2015, in addition to Mr. Taylor’s own dances, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance presented the Limón Dance Company in Doris Humphrey’s Passacaglia from 1938, and Shen Wei Dance Arts in Shen Wei’s Rite of Spring from 2004. In 2016 PTAMD presented Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Donald McKayle’s Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder from 1959 (a subsequent Bessie Award winner) and the Paul Taylor Dance Company performed a dance by Martha Graham for the first time: Diversion of Angels from 1948. Under the new initiative Taylor Company Commissions, choreographers Larry Keigwin and Doug Elkins created works on the Taylor dancers, which were premiered at Lincoln Center: Rush Hour by Mr. Keigwin and The Weight of Smoke by Mr. Elkins. As part of the commissioning program, Taylor alumna Lila York has made Continuum, which premiered at Lincoln Center in 2017. The ’17 season also featured guest artists from Lyon Opera Ballet in Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace.
PAUL TAYLOR AMERICAN MODERN DANCE
March 7 to 25, 2018
PTAMD returns to Lincoln Center with a magnificent lineup of dances, featuring:
GUEST DANCE COMPANIES
10am Professional Class
Daily professional classes are offered at The Taylor School Mon through Fri, 10am to 11:30am, at the Taylor Studios.
Classes, which focus on modern technique and the Taylor style, are taught by current Company members as well as distinguished Taylor alumni.
With Mr. Taylor’s dances in the repertoire of many of the most acclaimed ballet companies in the world, even the most dedicated ballet dancer will want to be familiar with Taylor style.
Youth & Adults
*Semesters are announced seasonally. So please check back often!
Taylor Teen Ensemble
The Ensemble is an opportunity to learn more about Mr. Taylor’s work and experience dancing sections of his repertoire.
*By Audition Only
Summer Dance Camps
Taylor Dance Camps include:
With the emphasis on FUN, dancers in both camps will take daily Taylor style technique classes, and learn excerpts from the Paul Taylor repertoire.
Intensives afford students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Taylor style and Mr. Taylor’s repertoire. Technique and Repertory classes are taught by current Paul Taylor Dance Company dancers, alumni and current Taylor 2 Dance Company dancers.
There are two yearly intensives offered:
*Intensives are announced seasonally. So please check back often!
Master Classes & Workshops
The Taylor School frequently offers Masters Classes & Workshops:
These classes are typically 2 hour long and include a warm up, technique, repertoire and a chance to converse with established artists.
K-12 Educational Programs
The Taylor School offers dance education of the highest quality to K-12 students in the New York City area and beyond.
Through the practice of dancing and dancemaking, students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of dance as an art form, and of Paul Taylor as one of the most influential modern dance choreographers of all time.
Our comprehensive programming includes everything from a single master class to shorter workshops, assemblies, longer in-school residencies, and after-school programs.
As a Friend of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, you will be supporting, preserving, and expanding one of America’s great original art forms. Your contribution will support the creation of new works and the preservation of classic dances; enable us to share them with audiences around the world; and provide opportunities for students and young dancers through our educational outreach programs.
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