Paul Taylor Dance Company


Reynolds Industries Theater

Thursday, June 27, 8:00pm
Friday June 28, 8:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 7:00pm
Children's Matinee | Saturday, June 29, 1:00pm


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The 2019 Season is Dedicated to Paul Taylor.

Two Different Programs of Classic Paul Taylor Dance!

Thursday, June 27 | 8:00pm (program A–all ADF premieres)
Friday June 28 | 8:00pm (program B)
Saturday, June 29 | 7:00pm (program A–all ADF premieres)
Children’s Matinee | Saturday, June 29 | 1:00pm

The Paul Taylor Dance Company, established in 1954, is one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. Dancemaker Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers in Manhattan on May 30, 1954. That modest performance marked the beginning of 60 years of unrivaled creativity, and in the decades that followed, Mr. Taylor became a cultural icon and one of history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance. The Paul Taylor Dance Company first appeared at ADF in 1961, and the 2019 season is the 50th appearance of the company on the ADF stage. This season, in honor of Paul Taylor’s vast canon of artistic masterpieces, ADF will present two different programs of classic works, Program A (all ADF premieres): Aureole, Scudorama, and Promethean Fire and Program B: Airs, Dust, and Company B.

Large Print Program Available Here.


  • Post-performance discussion, moderated by Suzanne Carbonneau, is Friday, June 28.

  • Pre-Performance Talks with Suzanne Carbonneau
    Join Suzanne Carbonneau as she discusses the work of Paul Taylor. Talks will begin 45 minutes prior to each evening performance. The talk will take place in the Bryan Center on the Landing.

Suzanne Carbonneau has written about dance for the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. She directed the NEA Arts Journalism Institute and has been Scholar-in-Residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She currently serves as Artistic Advisor to Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. Carbonneau holds a PhD from NYU and is a Professor at George Mason University. She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Bogliasco, and she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her authorized biography of choreographer Paul Taylor is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

  • A photo exhibit of Paul Taylor will hang in the lobby of Reynolds Industries Theater June 13-July 20.

  • Screening of Paul Taylor Creative Domain
    Wednesday, June 26 | 5:00 pm
    Robert Aberlin, Executive Producer of the documentary and Paul Taylor Dance Company board member, will participate in a Q&A immediately after the film.
    Rubenstein Film Center | Duke University

This program is supported in part by the Thomas S. Kenan Foundation.