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Paul Taylor Dance Company (Photo by Tom Caravaglia)

Photo by Tom Caravaglia

Title: Paul Taylor Dance Company
Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Nov. 18–19, 2009
Wednesday and Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
The NEW Virginia G. Piper Theater

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: HALF PRICE TICKETS at $23.50 (+service fees) Reg. $47.00

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(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the Paul Taylor Dance Company on Nov. 18–19 in its newly renovated Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Single tickets are available for $47 through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ patron services box office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

A living legend, dance maker Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers in New York City in 1954. That modest performance marked the beginning of a half-century of unrivaled creativity, and in the decades that followed, Taylor became a cultural icon and one of history’s most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance.

Now in his 80th year – an age when most artists’ best work is behind them – Taylor is acclaimed for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his dances. As prolific as ever, he has amassed a growing collection of 130 dances and continues to explore some of society’s thorniest issues. While known for creating many revolutionary and controversial works, since the very start of his career, Taylor also has made some of the most purely romantic, astonishingly athletic and downright funniest dances ever performed on stage.

Known for its daring innovation, Taylor’s choreography often combines the grace of ballet with the spontaneity of modern dance. With uncommon musicality and wide-ranging taste, Taylor has set dances to everything from ragtime, reggae and rock to masterpieces by Bach and Handel, and he has collaborated with artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Alex Katz.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company will offer two different programs of classic and new works on separate nights. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the company will perform Syzygy, 1987; Brief Encounters, 2009; and Esplanade, 1975. On Thursday, Nov. 19, it will perform Arden Court, 1981; Scudorama, 1963; and Offenbach Overtures, 1995.

These performances are part of the Art in Motion Series sponsored by the Daron and Ron Barness Family Foundation.

Dates: November 18-19, 2009
Time: 7:30pm