Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor

“In the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the form. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who showed us dance’s heart. And then, Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in.” – Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

Still led by the inventive legendary choreographer Paul Taylor, this world-renowned modern dance company has performed in more than 540 cities in 64 countries over the span of 60 years. A pioneer of American modern dance, Paul Taylor’s dynamic, thought provoking work continues to push boundaries and remains “deeply communicative and wildly theatrical” – San Francisco Examiner.

Now, in their upcoming  engagement at The Music Center, Paul Taylor Dance Company presents a diverse program spanning their vast repertoire, including work set to minimalist composer Morton Feldman.

About Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is the greatest living pioneer of American modern dance, with a collection of 140 dances made since 1954. He continues to win acclaim for the relevance and power of his recent works as he offers cogent observations on life’s complexities and society’s thorniest issues. He may propel his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, or use them to wordlessly illuminate war, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality. If, as Balanchine said, there are no mothers-in-law in ballet, there certainly are dysfunctional families, disillusioned idealists, imperfect religious leaders, angels and insects in Taylor dance.

In the 1950s, when Mr. Taylor’s work was so cutting-edge that it could send confused audience members flocking to the exits, Martha Graham dubbed him the “naughty boy” of dance. In the ’60s he shocked the cognoscenti by setting his trailblazing movement to music composed 200 years earlier, and inflamed the establishment by lampooning America’s most treasured icons. In the ’70s he put incest center stage and revealed the beast lurking just below humans’ sophisticated veneer. In the ’80s he looked unflinchingly at marital rape and intimacy among men at war. In the ’90s he warned against religious zealotry and blind conformity to authority. In the 21st Century he has condemned American imperialism, poked fun at feminism and looked death square in the face. While his work has largely been iconoclastic, since the very start of his career Mr. Taylor has also made some of the most purely romantic, most astonishingly athletic, and downright funniest dances ever put on stage.

A virtuoso dancer beginning in 1954, Mr. Taylor enjoyed his first choreographic triumph with the slyly funny 3 Epitaphs in 1956. He captivated audiences in 1962 with his virile grace in the landmark Aureole, cheekily set not to contemporary music – as was the fashion among modern choreographers – but to a baroque score from 200 years earlier, as Junction had been the year before. He struck chords again with the apocalyptic Scudorama (1963) and the controversial From Sea to Shining Sea (1965)and Big Bertha (1970). Mr. Taylor retired from the stage after 20 years and turned exclusively to choreography in 1974. The dance that followed, Esplanade, was hailed as an instant classic and became known as his signature work. He has made scores of acclaimed dances since then, including Cloven Kingdom, Runes, Dust, Airs, Mercuric Tidings, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), Arden Court, Sunset, Last Look, Musical Offering, Syzygy, Speaking in Tongues, Company B, Eventide, Piazzolla Caldera, Black Tuesday, Promethean Fire, Banquet of Vultures and Beloved Renegade. His works are performed by ballet and modern dance companies the world over, as well as by his own Company and Taylor 2, which he established in 1993.

Mr. Taylor was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He has received the Kennedy Center Honors, an Emmy Award, three Guggenheim Fellowships and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, among many other awards, and has been given eight honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from American colleges and universities. He is the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Dancemaker, and author of the acclaimed autobiography, Private Domain and Facts and Fancies: Essays Written Mostly for Fun.

Performance Dates

best availability April 11, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.

April 12, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
  April 13, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.


Airs - 24 minutes
intermission - 15 minutes
Banquet of Vultures - 22 minutes
intermission - 15 minutes
Gossamer Gallants - 19 minutes

Please note, this production includes the use of theatrical haze. 

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Mod Mixer

Paul Taylor

Your Paul Taylor ticket also gives you access to our exclusive Mod Mixer after each performance.  Enjoy cocktails, coffee, confections and conversation  in the Oval Bar located on the second floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion immediately following the shows and you may just mix with a dancer or two….


Ticket Perk at Artisan House: A New Urban Lifestyle

 Paul Taylor

Artisan House is a gathering place—a restaurant and market where quality and community are infused in every detail and where all are welcome.  Bring your Paul Taylor ticket or proof of purchase in the week of the show, and receive 10% off your purchase in the restaurant or at the market! Artisan House is passionate about the planet, food, service, about their customersas, and about having a good time. They believe that one should be able to find quality food, grown sustainably by local farmers, prepared by gifted masters, and presented by wait staff schooled in the finer arts of service, all in an inviting atmosphere that is comfortable and close by.

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Ticket Perk at Canelé Restaurant

Paul Taylor

Bring your Paul Taylor ticket or proof of purchase, to Canelé Restaurant the whole week leading up to the shows through Saturday April 12th and get a complimentary glass of wine with dinner! This sweet little farm-to-table restaurant is nestled in LA’s ultra-hip Atwater Village neighborhood and offers beautiful, unfussy Mediterranean food and pastries Bordelaise, in a causal laid-back setting.

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