Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company, 2/13

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13-14.

Tickets are available for $39, $49 and $69 online at or through (480) 499-TKTS (8587).

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world's most highly respected and sought-after ensembles, and its founder and artistic director, Paul Taylor, continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his creations, many of which have become masterpieces of modern American dance.

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. Since then, Taylor has made 140 dances, covering a breathtaking range of topics. Among the recurring themes in his works are life and death, the natural world and man's place within it, love and sexuality, and American history. Hailed for uncommon musicality and far-reaching interests, Taylor has set movement to an eclectic mix of music and sounds, from medieval masses and classical symphonies to popular songs and even loon calls and laughter.

Taylor has influenced dozens of men and women who have gone on to choreograph, and he has received nearly every important honor given to artists in the United States, including the Kennedy Center Honors, an Emmy Award, the National Medal of Arts, three Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and multiple honorary doctorates, among many others.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company has traveled the globe many times over, bringing Taylor's ever-growing repertoire to theaters and venues of every size and description in cultural capitals, on college campuses and in rural communities - and often to places modern dance had never been before. The Company has performed in more than 520 cities in 62 countries.

While continuing to garner international acclaim, the Paul Taylor Dance Company performs more than half of each touring season in cities throughout the United States. In Scottsdale, the Company will perform three dances: Airs (1978), a classic work featuring music by G. F. Handel; To Make Crops Grow (2012) with villagers performing holdovers of an ancient ritual to the music of Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite; and Black Tuesday (2001), a whimsical tribute to the enduring music of the Great Depression and America's can-do spirit.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Rehearsal Director Bettie de Jong will give a pre-show talk, free for ticket holders, on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company is made possible by signature sponsor Quarles & Brady LLP and supporting sponsors Western States Arts Federation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale, two blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members' experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are always available. Visit or contact the Patron Services Box Office at (480) 499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: (480) 874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of ticket discounts for members at the Duet level and above, groups of 10 or more and those purchasing packages to four or more events in one order. The Center also provides free tickets to selected events for eligible students and veterans, and 50-percent off tickets to selected events for patrons 29 and or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

The Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a unique selection of art-related merchandise, including artist-made jewelry, imaginative toys, decorative objects from around the world, furnishings for home and office, and music, books and greeting cards. Members receive a 10-percent discount, and gift-wrapping and shipping also are available. Purchases are tax-free and support the programs of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The Store is open seven days a week: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.; and throughout most evening events. Phone: (480) 874-4644.

One of the premier performing-arts halls in the western United States, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcases a diverse season of dance, music, theater and film from around the world. More than 1,000 indoor and outdoor performances, educational programs, festivals and other events are presented and hosted at the Center each year serving approximately 250,000 participants and contributing substantially to Scottsdale's high quality of life and reputation as a vibrant arts destination. The Center's education and outreach programs reach nearly 20,000 children and adults each year. Most events take place in the state-of-the-art, 853-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater, recognized for its intimacy, acoustics and comfort. Additional venues include the 137-seat Stage 2 and neighboring 1,800-capacity Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located on Scottsdale Civic Center Park, a 21-acre urban oasis next to the city's Old Town and gallery districts.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art. The Scottsdale Cultural Council is funded in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and National Endowment for the Arts.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Patron Services Box Office: (480) 499-TKTS (8587)
TDD: (480) 874-4694
Fax: (480) 874-4699

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