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October 23, 2013

DANCECleveland Brings Legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company To Playhouse Square Nov. 9 for One Performance


Pam Barr

Barr Communications


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DANCECleveland Brings Legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company

To Playhouse Square Nov. 9 for One Performance

CLEVELAND (Oct. 14, 2013) Paul Taylor Dance Company, headed by one of history's most celebrated modern dance makers, will be presented by DANCECleveland at PlayhouseSquare's intimate Ohio Theatre on Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m.

Tickets starting at $25 can be purchased at the PlayhouseSquare ticket office, 216-241-6000 or online at

The engagement will also include a free pre-performance talk starting at 7:15 p.m. in the theatre and a post-performance moderated Q&A session with members of the company immediately following the show. A professional-level master class will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at Cleveland State University's Middough Building, 5th floor. For class reservations, call DANCECleveland at 216-991-9000.

Repertory for the evening program will span 35 years of Paul Taylor's extraordinary creativity. From the sweeping euphoria of Esplanade (1975) and the lyrical musicality of Mercuric Tidings (1982), to the whimsy of Gossamer Gallants (2011), audiences will be treated to a spectrum of Taylor's inventive movement language and choreographic genius.

Taylor's creative life spans nearly 60 years and 139 works to date. The Washington Post, calling Taylor "one of the most astute social observers in any art form," praises his "knack for taking the dominant dance form of an era and . . . twisting it into a commentary on people and their lives."

The iconic Taylor, the last living member of the pantheon that created America's indigenous art of modern dance, attended The Juilliard School then danced for seven seasons with the Martha Graham Dance Company while choreographing for his own troupe. In his own dances, he has covered a breathtaking range of topics, but recurring themes include life and death; the natural world and man's place within it; love and sexuality in all gender combinations; and iconic moments in American history.

Paul Taylor Dance Company has traveled the globe many times over, performing in 540 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. While continuing to garner international acclaim, the company performs more than half of each touring season in cities throughout the United States.

For more information about Paul Taylor Dance Company, visit:

About Dance Cleveland

DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters nationally dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.


Funding for this presentation is generously provided by:

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cleveland Foundation, George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, George Gund Foundation, John P. Murphy Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council.


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