FORTY-SIX PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY ALUMNI TO REVIVE FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA IN CELEBRATION OF 60TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
To commemorate 60 years of groundbreaking modern dance by a living legend, Paul Taylor has invited his alumni dancers to revive one his most profound works, From Sea to Shining Sea, at a special added performance on Sunday, March 23rd at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Paul Taylor Dance Company's three-week Season at Lincoln Center. Forty-six dancers have accepted Mr. Taylor's invitation to join members from the current Company.
Representing a span of 56 years, from 1957 through 2013, alumni are Janet Aaron, Carolyn Adams, Ruth Andrien, Andrew Asnes, Heather Berest, Rachel Berman, Karen Brook-Levy, Elie Chaib, Patrick Corbin, Hernando Cortez, Eileen Cropley, Phena Darner, Bettie De Jong, Constance Dinapoli, Senta Driver, Orion Duckstein, Kristi Egtvedt, Thomas Evert, Caryn Heilman, Francie Huber, Yoav Kaddar, Robert Kahn, Elizabeth Keen, Linda Kent, Renee Kimball (Wadleigh), Sharon Kinney, Jane Kosminsky, Andy LeBeau, Maureen Mansfield, Joao Mauricio, Annmaria Mazzini, Silvia Nevjinsky, Thomas Patrick, Denise Roberts (Hurlin), Manuel Rodriguez, Carol Rubenstein, Sandra Stone, Britt Swanson, TEd Thomas, Julie Tice, Victoria Uris, Angela Vaillancourt, Lisa Viola, Barry Wizoreck, Raegan Wood and Amy Young.
Following From Sea to Shining Sea, the Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform the Taylor masterpiece Esplanade. A 60th Anniversary party will be held immediately following the performance on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. To celebrate this special evening, all performance tickets will be priced at half of regular prices: $5, $15, $27.50, $40, $55 and $80. Performance with party ticket prices are $65, $75, $87.50, $100, $115 and $140. Tickets will be available on Wednesday, January 22, at 10:00 a.m., at the Koch Theater box office, 63rd and Columbus Avenue; online at www.ptdc.org/tickets; and by calling 212.496.0600.
From Sea to Shining Sea, the first dance in what has become an acclaimed series of Americana-themed works, was initially hailed by some as sharp-eyed commentary and panned by others as tastelessly unpatriotic. Made in 1965 - a time colored by presidential assassination, church bombings, urban riots and an increasingly unpopular war - the dance provided an unabashed and controversial perspective on American history and cultural icons. Many observers outside of the United States were amazed that an American artist could exercise such freedom of expression.
In addition, to honor all Taylor dancers, who have brought renown to the Company for 60 years, Taylor Foundation Executive Director John Tomlinson has announced that all Company alumni will be given free admission to Taylor Lincoln Center performances in perpetuity.
About the Paul Taylor Dance Company: The world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company sets the global standard for contemporary dance excellence. Since the company's founding in 1954, Mr. Taylor has choreographed 140 dances, many of which have attained iconic status and have been celebrated throughout the world. The Company has performed in more than 524 cities and 64 countries. Mr. Taylor continues to create at least two new works a year for his 16-member Company. His autobiography, Private Domain, was published in 1987 and the Company was the subject of the documentary film "Dancemaker," nominated for an Academy Award in 1999. A book of essays mostly for fun called Facts and Fancies was written by Mr. Taylor in 2013. He has achieved countless accolades, including two of our nation's highest artistic distinctions: the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.