The Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world’s foremost contemporary dance groups, will perform at UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company kicks off the 2015-16 University Performing Arts Series with a world premiere of new work from the legendary Paul Taylor. In addition to the world premiere, the company will also perform two earlier works: “Mercuric Tidings” and “Company B.”

“Paul Taylor is one of the most influential choreographers in the field,” said Janet Lilly, professor and head of UNCG’s dance department. “It’s really exciting to see his work here in Greensboro. This is a rare opportunity for our audience to see not only his work, but a world premiere.”

Prior to the performance, dance scholar and University of Michigan professor Angela Kane, who previously served as the company’s historian, will lead a panel discussion titled “Paul Taylor: Past and Present.” The dialogue is free and open to the public and will focus on Taylor’s works from 1983 to today. Kane will be joined by Bettie de Jong, the company’s rehearsal director, and John Tomlinson, executive director of the company. The panel will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

photo of Paul Taylor Dance Company performing "Mercuric Tidings"

Paul Taylor Dance Company performing “Mercuric Tidings” (Photo by Paul B. Goode)

According to Lilly, the performance is an excellent complement to the dance program’s curriculum, which focuses primarily on contemporary dance.

“Paul Taylor is someone that our professors reference in dance history courses and contemporary dance courses. This performance is a chance for our students to see some of the greatest contemporary dancers doing some of the greatest contemporary choreography.”

Lilly added that the performance is an incredible opportunity for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) as a whole.

“As part of the SMTD, we are interested in work that impacts not just dance, but music and theater as well. The range of thematic content and the exuberance of the dancing and musicality are what makes this company so amazing.”

Ticket prices for the performance are $25 for adults; $23 for seniors; $15 for UNCG employees; $10 for non-UNCG students; and $5 for UNCG students. Tickets can be purchased online at theatre.uncg.edu or by calling the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160. The event is one of the many activities offered during UNCG Homecoming, which takes places Oct. 14-18.

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
Photography by Paul B. Goode