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By Charles Leslie
Special to The PREVIEW
Taylor 2 brings internationally renowned modern dance to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrated choreographer Paul Taylor, one of the founders of the art of modern dance in the 1950s, created the touring Taylor 2 dance ensemble in 1993 to ensure that his works could be enjoyed by audiences throughout the world. Back in the 1950s, when Taylor’s work was so cutting-edge that it often sent confused audience members flocking to the exits, Martha Graham dubbed him the “naughty boy” of dance.
Hailed for uncommon musicality, Taylor has set dances to an eclectic mix that includes ragtime, rock, tango, Tin Pan Alley and barbershop quartets, medieval masses, renaissance dances, baroque concertos, classical symphonies and scores by Debussy, Cage, Feldman, Handel and more. While he has covered a breathtaking range of topics, recurring themes include the natural world and man’s place within it; love and sexuality; life, death and what may follow; and iconic moments in American history.
Taylor is said to set movement to music so memorably that for many people it becomes impossible to hear certain orchestral pieces and popular songs and not think of his works.
The Official Tour Sponsor is the MetLife Foundation, with major funding provided by The SHS Foundation. View a video about Taylor 2 and its dancers at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kWRzQA3qH4.
Tickets for Taylor 2 — $25/$37 — are available by calling 247-7657 and on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6:30 p.m.