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- February 01, 2013 - February 01, 2013
- Venue: Indiana University Auditorium
- Address: Fine Arts Plaza, Bloomington, IN 47405
- Phone: 812-855-1103
- Times: 8 pm
- Admission: IUB Students: $10-$30; General Admission: $20-$35
Breathtaking movement and exquisite precision make for a visually pleasing dance concert. However, the personal stories and risky themes that underlie the beautiful aesthetics of first-class dancers make for an exceptional performance that won’t soon be forgotten. Paul Taylor’s inspiring dance troupe of six members, TAYLOR 2, carries on the excellent modern dance technique that Taylor has been creating and refining for the past six decades. As a recipient of nearly every important honor given to artists in the United States, Paul Taylor is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world. His innovative, cutting-edge works have been licensed for performance by companies from more than 75 countries. Since his first work in 1954, Taylor has been pioneering modern dance by incorporating awe-inspiring topics into his recitals. Recurring themes in his performances include the natural world and man’s place within it; love and sexuality in every gender combination; life, death, and what may follow; and iconic moments in the history of the nation. Formed in 1993, Taylor 2 supplements the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor’s original group of 16 talented members, so that Taylor could share uninhibitedly his unrivaled performances with the world. With only six members, Taylor 2 is able to perform more intimately at theaters and non-traditional venues as well as teach master classes and give lecture demonstrations. Taylor 2 has completed tours in Africa, India, and the United States and established residencies in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and California. Taylor is hailed for his risk-taking in contemporary dance and uncommon musicality, setting dance numbers to a wide range of music, from ragtime to reggae and rock, tango to Tin Pan Alley. He has also set award-winning pieces to baroque masters such as Bach, and even utilized hysterical laughter to offset a routine. The prolific choreographer’s raw and evocative movements and themes unyieldingly produce their own sense of irresistible and romantic lure. Its innovation prompted The New York Times to write, “Taylor 2 is a kind of a miracle... All of the dancers are considerable talents [who] unite fearlessness with skill.”