Taylor Establishes His Own Dance Company (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Paul Taylor founded his own dance company, which showcased his diversity as a choreographer and established him as one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation.
Summary of Event
Paul Taylor’s career as a dancer and choreographer is not one that can be easily summarized. From his early experiments in avant-garde choreography in the 1950’s to his attainment of critical acclaim in the 1990’s, Taylor has been one of the brightest lights in American modern dance. His company has been home to a panoply of celebrated dancers, many of whom went on to great acclaim as choreographers in their own right. Spanning decades, his choreographic longevity rivals that of his early mentors, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. His awards include a French knighthood, three Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, Capezio Awards, several honorary degrees, and selection to honorary membership in the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His company has performed in hundreds of cities in the United States and has made dozens of overseas tours, and works by Taylor are in the repertories of major dance companies, including the Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, and the London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Born in Pennsylvania, Taylor grew up in and around Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. An art...
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