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Paul Taylor Dance Co. Performs at Jones Hall Tonight

Paul Taylor Dance Co. Performs at Jones Hall Tonight

Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Houston for the first time in 10 years tonight, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. in Jones Hall, presented by the Society for the Performing Arts.

For nearly 60 years the unrivaled genius of Paul Taylor has delighted audiences and established him as one of the greatest cultural icons in dance history. The last living member of the pantheon that created America's indigenous art of modern dance, Taylor continues to showcase dance with his vibrancy and power.

While in Houston, Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform three of Taylor's signature works: Airs, with music by G. F. Handel; Sunset with music by Edward Elgar; and Esplanade with music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The music for each piece will be performed live by Mercury, the orchestra redefined.

Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers in Manhattan on May 30, 1954. That modest performance marked the beginning of a half-century of unrivaled creativity. In the five decades that have followed, he has become a cultural icon hailed for his choreographic genius. While he may propel his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, he more frequently uses them to illuminate such profound issues as war, piety, spirituality, morality and mortality.

Since 1954, Taylor has made 139 dances, many of which have attained iconic status. 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.

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