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Paul Taylor Special offer from KenCen for 5/25-5/28 (with live music)

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The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $19.00 on all remaining seats for the entire run of Paul Taylor Dance Company in the Eisenhower Theater. You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "229009." See you at the Kennedy Center!

Paul Taylor Dance Company


Paul Taylor, Artistic Director
New York, NY

with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra



Wednesday, May 25* & Friday, May 27: (Timing: Approximately 2 hours, with two 15-min. intermissions)
Mercuric Tidings / Polaris / Esplanade**

Thursday, May 26 & Saturday, May 28: (Timing: 1 hour, 40 min., with two 15-min. intermissions)
Arden Court** / Beloved Renegade / Promethean Fire**

*Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion
Wednesday, May 25

**These works performed to live music by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.



Mercuric Tidings (1982)
Thirteen of the company's dancers take the stage for a joyous and tantalizing display. Set to the music of Franz Schubert, Mercuric Tidings is such a skillful blend of sound and motion that the New York Times proclaims, "music and dance are so closely entwined here that they are one… The choreography is a whirlpool of activity and the eye, enticed in all directions, cannot take it all in at once."

Polaris (1976)
This challenging work "entertains through superb craftsmanship and genuine wit" (The New York Herald Tribune) as dancers move within and around a large metallic cube. The two sections ofPolaris feature identical choreography, but set to different scores, lighting, and performed by different dancers. A rich exploration of perception unfolds across the stage as composer Donald York's music changes from pastoral to menacing, the lighting darkens, and the dance is performed with shifted emphasis.

Esplanade (1975)
In 1975, Paul Taylor, inspired by the sight of a girl running to catch a bus, created this masterwork based on pedestrian movement. Set to J.S. Bach violin concertos, the work features a team of eight dancers brimming with Taylor's signature youthful exuberance. Esplanade "confers a mythic dimension on ordinary aspects of our daily lives--it's unfaked folk art" (The New Yorker).

Arden Court (1981)
Set to a sumptuous baroque score by William Boyce, the work is a richly dynamic dance featuring striking duets, solos, and a men's sextet that showcase the dancers' skill and musicality. Both softly romantic and technically challenging, Arden Court "abounds in such contrasts, and amid the irresistible pleasure of its dancing, [the company] also make it brimful of meanings" (The New York Times).

Beloved Renegade (2008)
Set to Francis Poulenc's choral "Gloria," this dance tribute is inspired by the life and work of 19
th-century American writer Walt Whitman, and depicts his reverence for the body and the soul as one. The New York Times calls Beloved Renegade "a work of philosophic as well as dramatic power… one of the great achievements of [Taylor's] long career and one of the most eloquently textured feats of his singular imagination."

Promethean Fire (2002)
Set to three keyboard works by J.S. Bach richly orchestrated by Stokowski, Promethean Fire examines a kaleidoscope of emotional colors in the human condition with "grandeur, majesty, and a spiritual dimension" (The New York Times). All 16 Taylor dancers, costumed in black, weave in and out of intricate patterns that mirror the way varied emotions weave themselves through life.

Performance Timing: TBA


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