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August 24, 2012 – College Park, MD – The Paul Taylor Dance Company presents a one-night-only performance to open the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s season on September 8 at 8:00 p.m. For over 50 years this groundbreaking dance company has celebrated the artistry of Paul Taylor—one of the greatest and most daring choreographers of the twentieth century. The evening includes works that span Taylor’s impressive career: 3 Epitaphs (1956), performed to early New Orleans jazz and infused with humor; Aureole (1962), performed to Baroque music and known as Taylor’s first major success; Brandenburgs (1988), which celebrates the good things in life; and The Uncommitted (2011), which explores the human condition.
About Paul Taylor
Dubbed the “naughty boy” of dance by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor began his trailblazing career in 1954. For almost 60 years, he has won public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance, and power of his creations. His choreography offers cogent observations on life’s complexities while tackling some of society’s most profound issues. Of his work, he says, “I make dances because I can’t help it. Working on dances has become a way of life, an addiction that at times resembles a fatal disease. Even so, I’ve no intention of kicking the habit. I make dances because I believe in the power of contemporary dance, its immediacy, its potency, its universality.”
This presentation of Paul Taylor Dance Company is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more about the Clarice Smith Center's donor support.