Letter from the Artistic Director

Since taking the reins of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2018, I have been driven by a passion to find innovative ways to present the priceless legacy Mr. Taylor left to us – 147 dances – and to commission a new generation of American choreographers whose work, like Paul’s, is fresh, powerful, expressive, imaginative, and unexpected.

This year we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Paul’s evergreen Aureole. This lyrical, joyful work was a controversial departure from the norm of modern dance in 1962, and it catapulted the then 32-year old choreographer to the forefront of the dance world – a position he never relinquished. Along with Paul’s brilliant, early groundbreaking dances (Fibers, Events II, Images & Reflections, and Tracer) I’m presenting premieres by two utterly compelling and vibrant choreographers: Peter Chu and Michelle Manzanales, who bring diverse stories and perspectives to our repertory. The goal is to reveal a fascinating intersection of where our art form has been and where it is heading, while taking a fresh look at the radical side of the young Paul Taylor, in all its riveting power and beauty.

I’m thrilled that you’ve joined us.

PHOTO CREDITS (top to bottom | left to right) Header photo of Devon Louis, Ron Thiele; header photo of Paul Taylor, Jack Mitchell; portrait of Michael Novak by Bill Wadman.

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