North Carolina Museum of Art
Thursday, September 16, 7:30 pm
General Admission Subscription to all 8 performances: $175
Kids’ Night Out Tickets: With the purchase of an adult ticket you can get a free ticket for a kid ages 6 to 17
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Following local ordinances, visitors to the North Carolina Museum of Art are required to wear a mask inside all buildings, including restrooms and concession buildings. For the safety of everyone, we ask that all outdoor event attendees wear masks both outdoors and indoors. Learn more about these updates at ncartmuseum.org/covid19.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company will close out ADF’s season at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Founded in 1954, the Company remains one of the most famous and dynamic modern dance ensembles of our time and will perform select works including A Field of Grass (1993), with songs sung by Harry Nilsson, a dance invoking America in the 1960s where a central character experiences love, drugs, rebellion, and hope through his counterculture community; Duet (1964), last performed by the Taylor Company in 1992 and made after Taylor’s lyrical 1962 masterpiece Aureole, this beautiful duet is a testament to his craft with simplicity, beauty, purity, and gentleness; and Esplanade (1975), the definitive Paul Taylor work, is at once playful, somber, romantic, and explosive–a pillar of modern dance that instantly affirmed Paul Taylor as one of history’s greatest choreographers.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
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, Mr. 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 Mr. Taylor’s ever-burgeoning repertoire to theaters and venues of every size and description in cultural capitals, on college campuses and in rural communities – and 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. In the spring of 2003 the Company mounted an award-winning four-week, seven-city tour of the United Kingdom. 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 United States. In celebration of the Company’s 50th Anniversary and 50 years of creativity, the Taylor Foundation presented Mr. Taylor’s works in all 50 States between March 2004 and November 2005. That tour underscored the Taylor Company’s historic role as one of the early touring companies of American modern dance. Beginning with its first television appearance for the Dance in America series in 1978, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has appeared on PBS in ten different programs, including the 1992 Emmy Award-winning Speaking in Tongues and The Wrecker’s Ball — including Company B, Funny Papers, and A Field of Grass— which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1997. In 1999 the PBS American Masters series aired Dancemaker, the Academy Award nominated documentary about Mr. Taylor and his Company. In 2013, PBS aired Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris, featuring Brandenburgs and Beloved Renegade. The 2014 documentary Paul Taylor Creative Domain won critical and public acclaim for its revelation of Mr. Taylor’s creative process, as it followed the famously private choreographer and his Company through the entire process of creating a new work from initial concept to opening night.
ADF’s Together We Dance outdoor festival is made possible with support from SHS Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, North Carolina Arts Council, City of Durham, North Carolina Museum of Art, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Durham Arts Council, Fox Family Foundation, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Duke Health, Jewelsmith, American Tobacco Campus, WUNC, Acme Plumbing Company, and Blackman & Sloop Certified Public Accountants.
ADF’s Kids’ Night Out ticket program is made possible with support from Jody and John Arnhold/Arnhold Foundation.