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Paul Taylor Dance Company at the PAC - Cohan Center

  • Performing Arts Center - Cohan Center 1 Grand Ave San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405 United States (map)

Over his six decades as a world-renowned choreographer, Paul Taylor’s work covers an amazingly wide palette: from the lovely, warmly human to the terrifyingly grotesque to everything between those two poles. The range of emotions is extraordinary, full of vitality and often filled with wicked humor. Program: Syzygy, Beloved Renegade, Piazzolla Caldera

Pre-show lecture scheduled

“The most inventive and versatile choreographer alive today…One of the few indisputably great dance companies in the world.” — New York Post

…a major new initiative that brings to Lincoln Center the outstanding works of America’s homegrown art, chosen by legendary Dancemaker Paul Taylor. Featuring live music performed by the renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s, these include:

  • Masterpieces of the 20th Century that have earned a place at the world’s leading performance venue
  • Extraordinary works by today’s preeminent choreographers
  • New creations by the most compelling voices of the next generation
  • Premieres and acclaimed dances from the ever-growing repertoire of Paul Taylor, the last living member of the pantheon that established American modern dance.

Sixty years after I started my own company, I’m embarking on an important new venture: PAUL TAYLOR’S AMERICAN MODERN DANCE. I’m determined to bring the very best works in our art of modern dance to the nation’s preeminent performance venue, Lincoln Center. I plan to give new life to great works of the past, and commission other choreographers so modern dance can flourish well into the future. When my dancers return to New York in March, they will perform two new dances and 17 other works of mine dating back to 1962. We will also present two modern dances I admire. Doris Humphrey’s influential work from the 1930s, Passacaglia, will be performed by the venerable José Limón Dance Company. And Shen Wei Dance Arts will perform Rite of Spring, Mr. Shen’s brilliant take on the legendary Stravinsky score. It’s important to me that dance be presented with live musical accompaniment when intended, so we are teaming up with the renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by my friend and long-time collaborator, Donald York. It’s bound to be a magnificent season, and I hope to see you often in March.”