One of the world's most revered dance troupes, Paul Taylor's Taylor 2, comes to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company was founded in 1954, and dancemaker Paul Taylor is called one of the seminal artists of this and the last centuries, as he continues to shape the homegrown American art of modern dance.
Taylor established the traveling "Taylor 2" in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences throughout the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. He worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests, as well as teach and provide community outreach. He also looked back to the 1954 origins of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for the structure of his new company: six professionals with a particular gift for his style who perform his work throughout the world.
At an age when most artists' best work is behind them, Taylor continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his dances. He offers cogent observations on life's complexities while tackling some of society's thorniest issues. Though he may propel his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, he more frequently uses these artists to illuminate such profound issues as war, piety, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality.
Wrote the New York Times, "Taylor 2 is a kind of a miracle. All of the dancers are considerable talents [who] unite fearlessness with skill."
View a sampling of the Paul Taylor Dance Company performances at http://ptamd.org/ptdc-promo.
Tickets for Paul Taylor's Taylor 2 ($28/$35/$42) are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or call 247-7657, or visit the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at Eighth Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango. All sales final.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2016-2017, the Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.