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Bethlehem, Pa., March 5, 2008—The highly acclaimed Taylor 2 troupe of the famed Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform at Moravian College on Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., in Foy Concert Hall. General admission is $20, $15 for Senior Citizens, and $10 for students, and children. The Taylor 2 performance is co-sponsored by PA Council on the Arts. Advance tickets may be purchased online through the Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office at www.etix.com.
Paul 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. Working with longtime colleague Linda Hodes, he modeled Taylor 2 after the original six-member company he established in 1954. Taylor 2 is able to perform in smaller venues with more modest budgets than the larger Paul Taylor Dance Company without sacrificing any of the artistry that characterizes a Taylor performance.
In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, Paul Taylor chooses dances that represent the athleticism, humor and range of emotions found in his work. Several of these dances have been reworked to enable the smaller ensemble of dancers to perform them.
The program at Moravian will open with “Airs” choreographed by Paul Taylor, featuring music by George Frideric Handel with excerpts from Concerti Grossi, Op. 3. Airs was first performed in 1978 and was restaged for a cast of six in 1996. Performing will be Taylor 2 dancers Alison Cook, Jamie Rae Walker, Latra Wilson, Justin Kahan, John Eirich, and Nic Ceynowa.
The program continues with “Profiles” featuring music specially composed by Jan Radzynski, with choreography by Paul Taylor, the piece will be performed by Alison Cook, Latra Wilson, John Eirich, and Nic Ceynowa.
Dancers Jamie Rae Walker and Justin Kahan will perform “Duet from Roses,” featuring Heinrich Baermann’s Adagio for Clarinet and Strings withchoreography by Paul Taylor, costumes by William Ivey Long, and lighting by Jennifer Tipton.
The evening will conclude with “Piazzolla Caldera,” set to music by Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky, and choreographed by Paul Taylor, this dance was first performed in 1997. It was restaged for a cast of six in 2000. With the set and costumes designed by Santo Loquasto, Piazzolla Caldera will be performed by all six of the Taylor 2 dancers.
Taylor 2 was inaugurated with a United States Information Agency-sponsored tour to six African nations in 1994, and in 1996 the Company toured to three Baltic nations. In 1997 Taylor 2 toured throughout India in tandem with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of India’s independence.
Domestically, Taylor 2 tours extensively each year and has performed in all but two of the 50 States. Over the years, Taylor 2 has undertaken several statewide tours, including Wisconsin, Alaska, and South Carolina. In November 2005, Taylor 2 and the Paul Taylor Dance Company completed an unprecedented 18-month, 50-state tour in celebration of the Taylor Company’s 50th Anniversary. This season, both companies together will undertake an ambitious statewide tour of Pennsylvania, visiting 20 communities in four weeks.
Taylor 2 is particularly active within New York State and the New York City Public Schools, visiting classrooms in all five boroughs each year for performances, movement classes and lecture-demonstrations. Through affiliations with the Lincoln Center Institute and New York City Center, the Company performs for thousands of additional students annually. In addition, Taylor 2 has also customized more intensive curriculum-based residencies in cities across the country. The most ambitious of these was undertaken during the 2006-07 school year when Taylor 2 spent four full weeks in the Boston Public School District.
Taylor 2 Rehearsal Directors, all distinguished former Taylor dancers, are Tom Patrick, Francie Huber, Susan McGuire, Kristi Egtvedt, Ruth Andrien, Mary Cochran, Sandra Stone and Kenneth Tosti. To find out more about Taylor 2 visit the Company on the web at www.paultaylor.org.
The Paul Taylor Company tour in Pennsylvania is part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, a major initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from the NEA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. To experience more of the choreographic genius of Paul Taylor and the PTC through the unprecedented variety of PTC repertory being presented in this unique tour, visit www.ptdc.org for a complete listing of all of the PTC dates in Pennsylvania
MetLife Foundation is the Official Tour Sponsor of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2. Educational programs of Taylor 2 are underwritten by Time Warner Inc. Support for Taylor 2 is also provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, The Helen Hotze Haas Foundation, and the Board of Directors and donors of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, Inc.
Foy Concert Hall is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at Moravian College, located near Church and Main Streets in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa. For more information, call the Music Department at 610 861-1650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.