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Taylor 2 Dance Troupe to Perform at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 6, 2005

"Esplanade"EAU CLAIRE — Taylor 2 will perform three works by choreographer Paul Taylor, "the reigning master of modern dance" (Time), on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series will present the six-member outreach troupe of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

The program consists of three works by the legendary choreographer.

  • "Aureole" (1962) —"When the curtain falls on 'Aureole,' you feel ready to ascend to heaven," wrote Ballet Magazine's Eric Taub. "'Aureole' remains a milestone in the development of modern dance: light, airy, plotless, and to unreservedly joyful Handel... Dancers don't skim over the stage as much as they sink into and glide through it."
  • "Profiles" (1979) — Danced to a specially commissioned score by Jan Radzynski, "Profiles" was described by dance critic Clive Barnes as an "essay in two-dimensional dance, seemingly inspired by Nijinsky's L'Apres-midi d'un Faune."
  • "Esplanade" (1975) —"I could see 'Esplanade' every night," Eric Taub wrote in Ballet Magazine. "'Esplanade,' from the late Seventies, is perhaps even more seminal than 'Aureole.' Those were the days when post-modernists were deconstructing dance into "non-dance," pedestrian elements. Perhaps to teach the youngsters a lesson, Taylor built 'Esplanade' out of seemingly simple building blocks: walking, hopping, running, to various and familiar Bach violin concerti... But such walking, hopping and running!"

Paul Taylor has been called "without question the greatest living American choreographer" (San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle). He established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or logistical limitations. Taylor worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a six-member professional company that could accommodate performance requests as well as teach and provide community outreach.

Taylor 2 tours extensively. In the spring of 1994, the United States Information Agency sponsored a tour that sent the dancers to six African nations. In 1996 the company performed and taught classes in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In January 1997 the dancers toured in tandem with the Paul Taylor Dance Company to India, where they performed in Jamshedpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune and Lucknow.

Taylor 2's domestic touring has included an unprecedented 22-city tandem tour (with the Paul Taylor Dance Company) of Wisconsin in 1996 and a statewide tandem tour of Alaska in 1997. The company toured throughout Pennsylvania in 1998 and South Carolina in 1999. Additional tours have taken the dancers to almost all of the other 50 states.

In November, Taylor 2 and the Paul Taylor Dance Company will conclude an unprecedented national tour that began in March 2004. During that time one or both companies have performed in each of the 50 states in celebration of the Taylor company's 50th anniversary.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Reserved seats are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center. The Service Center is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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