December 2015

Paul Taylor 2:Dance Company Dazzles at The Arts Center

Author: Andrea Gannon

“Taylor 2 is a kind of a miracle…the dancers are considerable talents who unite fearlessness with skill.”
New York Times

One of the seminal artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, dance maker Paul Taylor continues to shape the landscape of modern dance that he has helped define since he became a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954.

After 60 years as artistic director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, he blazed a new trail in 2014 by establishing an institutional home for the art form: Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance. Taylor is curating and presenting great modern dances of the past and present alongside his own works at Lincoln Center and other preeminent venues throughout the world and commissions a new generation of choreographers so that modern dance flourishes long into the future.

Meanwhile, his touring portion of Paul Taylor Dance, called Paul Taylor 2, is coming right here to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, January 16 at 8 p.m., creating a visually breathtaking feast for audiences.

Michael Trusnovec and Amy Young in “Mercuric Tidings.”
Photography by Paul B. Goode

At an age when most artists’ best work is behind them, Taylor continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his dances. While he may propel his dancers through space for the sheer beauty of it, he more frequently uses them to illuminate such profound issues as war, piety, spirituality, sexuality, morality and mortality.

Taylor remains among the most sought-after choreographers worldwide. Now, audiences in the Lowcountry (and those who will travel here just to see this) will get to experience firsthand the athleticism, humor and range of emotions so evident in his work.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (843) 842-2787 or visiting 

Sponsored by Kathy and Robert Eberly, Jr., Meg & Rob Eberly III, South Carolina Arts Commission, South Arts, and Art Work/NEA.

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