Paul Szilard Memorial Set for 10/31 at The Joyce
There will be a memorial celebration for Paul Szilard (Dancer, Producer, Impresario and a great friend to the arts) on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 1:30 pm at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 18th Street, NYC. Participants will be LaRue Allen, Executive Director, Martha Graham Dance Company; Adrienne Dellas, Director of the Universal Ballet's Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.; Calvin Hunt, Senior Director, Performance and Production, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Judith Jamison, and Artistic Director Emerita, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. There will be performances by members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing "Song for You" and an excerpt from "Cry"; students from the senior division of the Kirov Academy of Ballet performing the Adagio and Coda from "Sleeping Beauty"; and members of the Martha Graham Dance Company performing "Ritual to the Sun" from Acts of Light. The public is invited.
Paul Szilard (1912 - 2013): He died peacefully at his Manhattan home on Friday, 26 July 2013, at the age of 100 (a month short of his 101 birthday). He was born in Budapest, Hungary (August 24, 1912) and became a United States citizen in the 1950's. A former leading dancer, Paul Szilard performed throughout the world with such famous dancers as Nora Kaye, Colette Marchand, Sonia Arova and others.
As a world-renowned impresario, he presented such prestigious dance companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (for whom he was the exclusive international representative for almost 40 years), New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancers of Bali, Madrid's Ballet Víctor Ullate, Universal Ballet and the American premiere engagement of the Bunraku Japanese Doll Theater.
The list of internationally-acclaimed artists presented by Paul Szilard is impressive, including such legendary stars as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Eric Bruhn, Patrick Dupond, Judith Jamison, John Taras, Violette Verdy, Donna Wood and many others.
Mr. Szilard produced the first Japanese tour of "West Side Story" with an American cast rehearsed by Jerome Robbins. It was the first English language Broadway show from New York to appear there. The entire company (cast and musicians) came from New York. In 2007 in Paris the Theatre du Chatelet and Michael Brenner for BB Promotion in collaboration with Paul Szilard Productions, Inc. presented a sold out 50th Anniversary Production of this classic musical, with an American cast that performed in English.
He was responsible for countless celebrated cultural events and galas throughout Asia, Australia and Europe as well as in the United States. He produced and presented the Bavarian National Ballet of the Munich State Opera at the New York State Theater. He presented American Ballet Theater at the Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris. He also presented Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the same festival in 2001.
His much-awaited autobiography, Under My Wings: My Life as an Impresario, was published in 2002 with an Introduction by Clive Barnes. There is a Forward by Judith Jamison and a Preface by Violette Verdy.